The New Orleans Pelicans have been ravaged by injuries this season. Alonzo Gee and Jrue Holiday are the latest to lose the rest of the season. In total, Pelicans players have missed 262 games this season due to injury. After a recent win, head coach Alvin Gentry sent out for help:
I am gonna send out an all-points bulletin to anybody in the French Quarter or anywhere else. We need a voodoo doctor or something here. We’ve gotta find the bones under this place. We gotta do something. Because this is becoming comical.
At this point all Gentry can do is try and inject levity into a disappointing first season as the team’s head coach. Whether or not he was serious, a local voodoo priest in New Orleans offered to help. Belfazaar Ashantison, who has been a voodoo practitioner for more than 25 years, told The Advocate that he believes he can fix whatever has plagued the Pelicans.
I do believe, honestly, that they are jinxed, for lack of a better word. I think there’s a negative energy that keeps surrounding them.
The Pelicans are 27-46 and have been out of playoff contention for months. This exercise is too little too late. But, maybe the voodoo priest could help for next year.