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frrv v v 7- w —r ~— v— ~ 7'- rtrv firmvww THE TIMES, JANUARY 31, 2019 PAGE 6 the second worst move the front office has ever made. Even though he was walk- ' 5 ing turnover machine that couldn’t get out of his own way, the team inexplicably resigned him to a contract P L - Personal Injury extension. The team prob- . AUto Acadents Law Firm o Wrongful Death ably felt like they had to sign him, to justify trading a first round pick for him the previous season. The final straw that broke the Brow’s back, Bye bye Brow By JOHN DUDEK Times Sports Columnist After seven mostly subpar seasons in New Orleans, it seems that the Anthony Davis era is coming to an end. V While it was a subpar . run from an overall team perspective, “the Brow" has been absolutely spec- tacular at times. But the combination of question- 'able free agent signings, bad contract management, and the unwillingness by ownership to spend big, has led to Davis request- ing a trade. When the news first broke Monday morning, people across the NBA seemed surprised at the request. I certainly wasn’t. The writing has .,.been on the wall. It is sim- what happens when a istar player comes to the {New Orleans franchise. Go gall the way back to when T the franchise first came to ' town as the Hornets. They couldn’t keep Baron Da— vis, who was the first real star of the newly relocated franchise. Next up was iChris Paul, who lasted a {whole six seasons with the iteam. The next big star the team acquired was of course Anthony Davis. And then Boogie Cousins. After tearing his achilles, the team let Cousins go af- ter just a little more than half of a season in New Orleans. Instead of try- ing to figure out why the team can’t seem to make headway in the standings, lets examine why the truly great players don’t stick around. First off, it starts at the top. From ownership, then to upper management, and then it trickles down to the coaching staff, and even» the training room ’iiiliiii! iiiiiitiiiiiililiiiifiilit!it?“ifliliiiiiillliiiiiiiii tillltiitiv" "‘iittitiiiiliiiiiiiii :tté ii'r Times Internet Edition www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes ‘Ziie independence Times Published by The Ponchatoula Times L.L.C. Established October 1, 1981 Print Edition Published Thursday of every week at 170 North Seventh Street Internet Edition posted Friday of every week www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes Post Office Box 743—Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 SUBSCRIPTIONS - $25 a Year In Tangipahoa Parish $30 a Year Outside Tangipahoa Parish ($5 Discount for Seniors) Gift subscriptions offered at same rates 24 Hour Telephone Line—— Subscriptions and News Tips timesofindependence@gmail.com U.S. Periodicals Postal Permit No. 666730 Postmaster, address correspondence and changes of address orders to: PO. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 704540743 Bryan T. McMahon — Publisher Bryan T. McMahon Editor Joel Ray — Sports Editor Deirdre McMahon Sanchez —- Houston Bureau Chief Bliss McMahon —— Chicago Bureau Chief Mark McMahon — Detroit Bureau Chief Brendan McMahon -4 New Orleans Bureau Chief Times Columnists and Photographers Ole Hardhide The Alligator, John Dudek, Uncle Sam, John Johnson, John Beadle City of Ponchatoula, Town of Independence, South Tangipahoa Port Commission, Ponchaloula Area Recreation District. Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival 1stP|aoe Investigative Reporting. tsl place Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Investigative Reporting. 1“ Place Best Headline (Brooks O’Connor) Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS Please call for Appointment (985) 386-2877 Times Sports Columnist John Dudek staff. When the late Tom Benson bought the'team from the NBA, he only had experience running a professional football team. And to credit Mr. Benson, he largely let the “basket- ball people” run the show. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out as well with his basketball team, as it has with his football team. At one point, Mr. Benson demanded that the team win at all costs, except he didn’t want them going over the salary cap. So, upper management kept acquiring role players, and second level “stars”, like former Pelican Eric Gordon. After Gordon pub- licly said he didn’t want to remain in New Orleans, the team resigned him to a max level contract. That was one of the worst moves in team history. You had an often injured, over paid, and disgruntled player, who had no plans on contributing. After that debacle, the team traded a first round pick for Omar Asik. He might have been was the team not resign- ing his friend, and fellow dominant big man, Boogie Cousins. Now, I get that Cousins had suffered a significant injury to end last season, but not re- signing him was the be- ginning of the end. For a player of Anthony Davis caliber, being surrounded by second rate scrubs just wasn’t going to get it done. And once he saw how the team low balled Cousins, who was coming off of his injury, he was done. And that is the story on how the Pelicans have become mired in mediocrity, with no chance of escape. Tulane Report ’IVvo weeks before the offi- cial start of the 2019 season, the Tulane baseball team will host its free Fan Fest on Saturday, February 2 from 12215-4 pm. at Greer Field borne Lot that afternoon, as fans will be able to see the Green Wave in action before hosting George Washington on Friday, February 15 in the season-opener. Third-year head coach Travis J ewett and the coach- ing staff will offer a run- down of the day’s activities, talking to the fans about the upcoming 2019 campaign 985/386-2877 and more before the squad . 'NTERNET ED'TION , is split up into two teams for http://www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes/ . EMAIL a short scrimmage. editor@ponchatoula.com Following the scrim- mage, coaches and players will stick around to sign au- tographs and take pictures with fans before season ticket holders and donors will have the opportunity to take batting practice on the field and dunk Jewett in a ' dunk tank. The cost for non- season ticket holders who tank all located along the first-base line for fans at- tending the event that Sat- ics, visit TulaneGreenWave. com. Ponchatoula: (985) 467-9525 www.PonchatouIaLawyer.com Baton Rouge’ [Hammond’ I New Orleans' 'Bv Appointment Only Turkey Necks Pig Feet Neck Bone Pig Tails Turkey Wins Boneless Stew Meat Legs Round Steak Ground. Beef with Amber Narro Thursday and Friday at 11am on 90.9fm KS .._o-9i=m Lorinda Ross Assoc, CUSTOM PICTURE FRAMING at 'I‘urchin Stadium. 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