NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - While Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry laughed with comedian J.B. Smoove during their walk on the blue carpet before the Boys and Girls Clubs of America's Alumni Hall of Fame induction, we know the team's season was anything but a laughing matter.
"Obviously, we're very disappointed with the season we had last year," Gentry said. "I think the main thing is that we feel like everyone will be healthy and ready to go at training camp."
Gentry said his job never "shuts off." He said he has been in constant contact with the players, and he's traveling to Chicago for a pre-draft camp.
"We're going to look at all kinds of angles in the draft," he said. "There's always that thing about, 'we're going to take the best player.' In this case, we'll probably look at situations, and whoever we feel is the best player, that's who we'll take."
The NBA draft lottery is on May 17. The Pelicans have a 21.5 percent chance of landing a top three pick.