New Orleans Pelicans Meme Circulating the Internet
Will the New Orleans Pelicans make it to the NBA Playoffs in 2018?
Although the wording is slightly altered, the above question and answer appear on an NBA-related meme circulating on the Internet. The meme is a fitting one for online circulation during the 2017 NBA offseason because anxious fans of the NOLA basketball team are undoubtedly asking themselves the same thing. The playoffs are a topic of discussion that is likely to come up for a team that hasn’t qualified for the postseason since 2015.
The top portion of the meme features a picture of the official logo for the Pelicans. The logo is accompanied by the following sentence written in white lettering: Will they make the playoffs next season?
The bottom portion of the meme features a photograph of former President of the United States Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama. The photo is accompanied by the words “God, we hope so” in white lettering followed by two exclamation points.
The meme gives off the impression that Barack is speaking on behalf of himself and Michelle. In the photo, both husband and wife appear to be anxious during a moment of nerve-racking anticipation. Barack also looks as if he is praying, with his hands pressed together right in front of his face. He and Michelle are obviously being portrayed as Pelicans fans. They are staring straight ahead, perhaps watching their favorite NBA team play in a decisive regular-season game that will make or break the team’s 2018 playoff chances. They are on the edge of their seats.
Right now, real-life fans of the Pelicans are probably doing some hoping and praying of their own, too; they can relate to the Obamas. Check out the meme below.
For the past two seasons, the Pelicans have been unable to make it to the postseason. Their best player, forward-center Anthony Davis, has continued to be the only bright spot for them; even so, his individual success hasn’t been nearly enough to lift his team into the ranks of the NBA elite. As a collective unit, the team has been stuck in mediocrity.
The Pelicans finished with a 45-37 regular-season record in 2015 and qualified for the playoffs. Since then, they have struggled. They finished with a 30-52 regular-season record in 2016 and a 34-48 record in 2017. That’s pretty bad.
The Pelicans acquired DeMarcus Cousins in a trade with the Sacramento Kings in February 2017. The big man was traded to NOLA just moments after the NBA All-Star Game concluded. It was expected that Cousins would be able to make an immediate impact; the thinking was that he would give Davis some help and be the missing piece the Pelicans needed to make one final push for playoff contention. Things didn’t work out so well, though.
The pairing of Davis and Cousins underwhelmed. The Pelicans’ record was 23-34 entering the All-Star break. They went just 11-14 for the rest of the season, failing to crack 40 wins.
They went 0-3 in their first three games with Cousins on the roster. Eventually, they found themselves at 3-6, but even those first three wins since the All-Star break came with Cousins seeing little-to-no action on the floor; this showed that the team was actually better off playing without him. The two big men obviously needed some time to adjust to playing with each other, but the conclusion of the regular season approached too soon for them to do so.
The midseason acquisition didn’t pan out right away. However, it may still be too early to rule out the potential of the Davis-Cousins pairing. Is a fresh start going into next season what the team needs? Time will tell.
Cousins’ contract has one year left on it, so the Pelicans have another season to figure out how to make the star player fit in with their team before deciding whether or not they want to invest in him for the future. That’s good for them.
Speaking of investments, the Pelicans have decided to keep starting point guard Jrue Holiday around for a while; he signed a five-year, $126 million contract this offseason to stay with the team.
Veteran point guard Rajon Rondo is joining the roster as well; he signed a one-year, $3.3 million deal to go to New Orleans. Rondo’s exceptional ability to pass the ball is expected to be a complimentary trait for a squad that boasts two All-NBA-caliber bigs. Rondo is also no stranger to playing with Cousins; the two were teammates in Sacramento for a season.
Both Davis and Cousins were All-Star selections in 2017. The Brow averaged 28 points, 11.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 blocks per game for the entire season. Boogie averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.3 blocks per game for the season.
Holiday averaged 15.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game for the Pelicans last season. Rondo averaged 7.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game for the Chicago Bulls last season.
The Obamas want to see the Pelicans make it to the playoffs. Do you? If so, like the meme suggests, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to just have a little faith.