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Orlando, FL - AUGUST 11: Yogi Ferrell #3 of the Sacramento Kings shoots the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans on August 11, 2020 at the AdventHealth Arena at in Orlando, Florida.
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2019-20 NBA Restart Seeding Game: Pelicans at Kings Postgame Quotes 8-11-20

HEAD COACH ALVIN GENTRY

On the performance of the Pelicans’ young players in tonight’s game:
“I thought that they played with great effort, number one. I thought we did a pretty good job in the first half of moving [the ball]. We ran into a little bit of a turnover problem in the third [quarter], but I will say this, most of the turnovers that we had in the third [were] guys trying to make the right play, so I think that was the most important thing. A lot of times they were trying to make the right play, it’s just a matter of them not being out there night in and night out, so the timing was just a little bit off. I can look [at the game], and I thought obviously Jahlil (Okafor) played great. I thought Frank (Jackson) did a good job. I thought everybody that went in there had their moments and did a good job. The big thing is, is that I thought Lonzo (Ball) played well and he was almost back to where he was before we had the hiatus, so that was really important for us, I thought.”

On Jahlil Okafor’s 21-point performance in tonight’s game after not playing in a game since February 25th, and the example he sets for the rest of the team:
“Well, I’ve said this before, I think he’s as professional as any guy that I’ve been around. It’s been tough for him, because I mean obviously everyone wants to play. He hadn’t played in those games, but he did exactly what you talked about. He’s kept himself in great shape. He’s kept himself ready, so when the opportunity ever comes, he steps up. If you can remember, he hadn’t played for a while and we stuck him in the Detroit game at Detroit and he dominated that game. He’s just a pro’s pro, I think. He’s a pleasure to have on your team and a pleasure to coach.”

GUARD FRANK JACKSON

On being able to make an impact, regardless of how many minutes he plays:
“Definitely. I think I’ve become more comfortable overall, just with the whole league. I know that when my name is called I’m going to be ready. I’ve been able to put in the work and I know my teammates trust me, so when my number is called I know I’ll be ready. I’m fine.”

On what it will take for the Pelicans to be more consistent on defense going forward:
“We’ve got to be consistent. We have to remind ourselves who we are and we have to remind ourselves [that] when we pressure the ball and are up in people, that we win ball games and it creates a lot more opportunities for us. So we just have to keep reminding ourselves to just play hard and lock in defensively before we worry about anything else.”

CENTER JAHLIL OKAFOR

On the opportunity to play tonight and show what he can do:
“I was really excited about getting the opportunity to play tonight. We knew that we were going to have a lot of guys out. The guys that were available to play, we just all wanted to come out and play hard. I was very excited to get on the court tonight.”

On staying ready when his number is called, despite getting limited minutes:
“It hasn’t been too hard. We have really good player development coaches here. They keep me ready. I’ve credited them before, in the past when I haven’t played and I didn’t get to play big minutes. They always keep me ready, so I give a lot of credit to our player development staff.”

Pelicans Postgame Interview: Jahlil Okafor talks staying ready when his number is called

New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor talks about being prepared to play following the loss to the Sacramento Kings in Orlando.

NBA Restart Game #7: Pelicans vs. Kings 8/11/20

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Pelicans Postgame Interview: Jahlil Okafor talks staying ready when his number is called

New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor talks about being prepared to play following the loss to the Sacramento Kings in Orlando.
Aug 11, 2020  |  01:53

Pelicans Postgame Interview: Frank Jackson feeling more comfortable on the court

New Orleans Pelicans guard Frank Jackson talks about finding his comfort against NBA competition following the loss to the Sacramento Kings in Orlando.
Aug 11, 2020  |  04:17

Pelicans Postgame Interview: Alvin Gentry talks about the play of Lonzo Ball, Jahlil Okafor

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry talks about the improved play of Lonzo Ball and Jahlil Okafor staying ready following the loss to the Sacramento Kings in Orlando.
Aug 11, 2020  |  04:51

Pelicans vs. Kings Highlights: Lonzo Ball notches 16 points vs. Kings

New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball scores 16 points while shooting 4-for-6 from three against the Kings.
Aug 11, 2020  |  01:28

Pelicans vs. Kings Highlights: Frank Jackson scores 18 points vs. Kings

New Orleans Pelicans guard Frank Jackson made plays on both ends of the floor while notching 18 points against the Kings.
Aug 11, 2020  |  01:59

Pelicans vs. Kings Highlights: Jahlil Okafor nets 21 points vs. Kings

New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor provided a spark off the bench contributing 21 points against the Kings.
Aug 11, 2020  |  01:55

Pelicans vs. Kings Highlights: Jaxson Hayes two-handed slam

New Orleans Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker finds the cutting Jaxson Hayes for the dunk.
Aug 11, 2020  |  00:08

Pelicans vs. Kings Highlights: Jaxson Hayes And-1

New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes pick-and-roll plus the foul.
Aug 11, 2020  |  00:16

Pelicans vs. Kings Highlights: Jahlil Okafor reverse dunk

New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor blows past the defender for the reverse slam.
Aug 11, 2020  |  00:12

Pelicans vs. Kings Highlights: Frank Jackson And-1

New Orleans Pelicans guard Frank Jackson uses the Euro-step to connect on the And-1.
Aug 11, 2020  |  00:20

Pelicans vs. Kings Highlights: Lonzo Ball triple

New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball buries the corner triple while fading away from the defender.
Aug 11, 2020  |  00:11

Pelicans vs. Kings Highlights: Jaxson Hayes steal and slam

New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes jumps the passing lane and soars to the rim for the one-handed slam
Aug 11, 2020  |  00:08

Pelicans Shootaround: Brandon Ingram 8-11-20

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram shares his thoughts on his first year in New Orleans following shootaround ahead of the team's matchup vs. Sacramento.
Aug 11, 2020  |  06:05

Pelicans Shootaround: Jrue Holiday 8-11-20

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday shares is thoughts on the 2019-20 season following shootaround ahead of the team's matchup vs. Sacramento.
Aug 11, 2020  |  05:47
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