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THE TIMES, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 PAGE 7 PURCHASE PHS SPORTS PHOTOS ! If you would like to purchase some great action photos of Ponchatoula Athletics by John Beadle Visit: PonchyPhoto.com i Tradingplaces By JOHN DUDEK Times Sports Columnist While the NBAAll star game was in New Orleans this past weekend, the biggest move came off of the court. The New Orleans Peli- cans pulled off one of the biggest trades in NBA his- tory. It wasn't the biggest trade in terms of players or draft picks, but in terms of value and impact. The Pelicans received center DeMarcus Cousins, argu- ably the best player at his position in the NBA, in the middle of his prime. The Pelicans also received sharp shooter Omri Cass- pi in the deal. But clearly, Cousins is the main catch in this deal, The crazy part of this trade is how little New Orleans parted with to get the best center in the league. The Peli- cans gave up rookie Bud- dy Hield, often injured guard Tyreke Evans, and a couple of draft picks. The Sacramento Kings, who traded Cousins for pennies on the dollar, are being ridiculed by players across the league, media outlets, and basketball fans everywhere. The trade is also mak- ing waves at the box office, as interest has increased exponentially in tickets to the Pelicans remain- ing games. I'm sure jersey sales will be brisk when the Pelicans return to ac- tion this Thursday night, against the red hot Hous- ton Rockets. What makes this move so significant, is New Orleans has 2 of the John Dudek top 10 players in the entire NBA. With a couple more shrewd moves, New Or- leans could become one of the most dominant teams in the entire league. Even with the current roster as it stands, the Pelicans should be perennial con- tenders. At the very least, they will be interesting, and a blast to watch. There is one concern with DeMarcus Cous- ins, and it is with his at- titude. In the past he has had run ins with oppos- ing players, referees, and his own coaches. A lot of people around the league attribute it to lack of' structure in not only the Sacramento King's front office, but management as well. Hopefully a change of scenery will be just what the doctor ordered for Cousins. If he can keep his temper in check, this trade will truly go down as one of the greatest trades in NBA history. The Ponchatoula Times T/k Independence imes Published by The Ponchetoule Times LI.C. 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Editor Joel Ray -- Sports Editor Ool~re McMahon Sanchez - Houston Bureau Chlef Bliss McMahon - Chicago Bureau Chk)f Ma~ McMahon =- Detroit Bureau Chief Brendon McMohon - New Odeans Bureau Chief Times Columnlm and Photographer= Die Hardhlde The Alligator, John Dudek, Uncle Barn, John Johnson, John Beadle Perker Lllydsson (~w),JIm Perrln (History), Prof, Dr, Randolph Howes i,D, PhD (Health) Times On Wheels Columnlm Bryan T, UcUahon N|W8 R|LEA8|8 & ADVERTI81NO e-~mail (preferred) edltor@pon.ehatoula,0om eds@ponchatoula,com P,O, Box 743, Ponchatogla, LA 70454;0743 We ac~pt VlSA/Mastercerd OFFICIAL JOURNAL City of Ponchatogla, Town of Independent, South Tanglpahoa Part Commission, Ponchatoula Area Recreation District, Madisonville Woo0en Boat Festival MEMBER Log$tena Press Association HONORS Louisiana P~s Association Fre~om of Information Award, t~t Piece Invostigatiw Reporting, 1st pla~ Editorial Writing, Gibbs Adams Award for Inwstlgatiw Reporting, 1~' Pla˘~ Best Headline (Brooks O'Connor) Brown Pelican Award for Environmental Reporting OFFICE HOURS Please ~li for Appointment (985) 386-2877 Coach Jewett pen" By JOEL RAY Times Sports Editor The Tulane Green Wave baseball team had a disap- pointing opening weekend to the season, winning only one of three games. On Saturday, the Greenies opened the col- lege baseball season by splitting a doubleheader with the Air Force Fal- cons, winning the first game 4-3, before dropping the second game 3-2 at Turchin Stadium on the Tulane campus in New Orleans. "The starting pitching was quality and gave us a chance to win, said Tulane head baseball coach Tra- vis Jewett. "In that second game, I thought we had a chance to create some sep- aration, we jumped out to a 2-0 lead early, but then we just kind of went stale after that. We just didn't really have a chance to do too much. When that hap- pens, we just have to find a way to create some of- fense." "I told the players af- ter the first game, it's all about getting back to the middle. Yes, we won the first one, but can you get back to even, and come out and play a good game of baseball. We knew it was going to be a long day. Now, getting back to the middle is just on the other end of the spectrum. We have to rebound. It's all about tomorrow." When tomorrow (Sun- day) came, the Green Wave did not respond well to Coach Jewett's pep talk and lost to a then winless (0-3) Army team that is now 1-3 thanks to a 7-4 victory by the Black Knights over an unexpect- edly weak senior-laden Tulane team. After the loss to Army, Coach Jewett had this to say: "We just have to stay together. It's not go_ ing our way right now, and it's three games into a long season. We have • to find ways to get out of this little rut that we're in right now. It's early. It's not like we have to go un- defeated. We have to learn from the losses, and move forward." Tulane's next home game is on Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. against the West Virginia Mountain- eers. The March 3 game will be game one of three against the Mountaineers. The Green Wave will also play the Mountaineers on Saturday, March at 4 p.m. and on Sunday, March 5 at I p.m. All Tulane baseball games are broadcast live on WRBH 88.3 FM. 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