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Pelicans fire GM Demps amid Davis saga

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to fire ninth-year general manager Dell Demps and start the process of finding someone to deal with the fallout of All-Star Anthony Davis' recent trade demand.

Demps' dismissal comes after Davis said in late January that he would not sign an extension with New Orleans and wants to be traded to a contending team.

"As difficult as these decisions are, my responsibility is to provide the leadership and resources necessary to deliver a winning team to our fans and community," Pelicans owner Gayle Benson said Friday in a written statement. "I take that responsibility seriously and would like to assure our fans that I am prepared to provide any, and all, resources required to compete for championships."


Westphal, Sikma among Hall finalists

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Paul Westphal says it's an honor these days to have anyone remember that he played basketball.

The Hall of Fame obviously remembers.


Kuzma, Tatum lift US in Rising Stars

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Boston's Jayson Tatum get to the NBA All-Star Game and partake in what's become the preferred run-and-fun style where defense is discouraged at virtually all costs, this much is clear.

They'll be ready.


Pelicans' Davis day-to-day with bruise

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A person familiar with the situation says an MRI on Anthony Davis' injured left shoulder showed a muscle bruise.

The person says Davis' timetable for a return is day-to-day. The person spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the examination results have not been announced.


Nuggets extend Connelly, front office

DENVER (AP) Tim Connelly and the front office have assembled a Denver Nuggets team that's reaching new heights this season.

For that, extensions all around.


Seth Curry says he'll win 3-point title

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):

1:35 p.m.


Curry's mom hits half-court shot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Curry family All-Star Weekend is off to a rousing start - a Curry knocked down a big shot on Friday.

Not surprising, except it was Sonya Curry. Yes, Dell's wife and the mother of Stephen and Seth showed she also hit a dramatic game-winning shot from deep.


NBA admits traveling calls are missed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Weekend (all times local):

8:35 p.m.


Silver touts 'smart jersey' at summit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has opened the annual All-Star Technology Summit by touting the "smart jersey of the future."

Silver used an app on a phone to change the number and name on the back of a jersey that was displayed on the side of the stage where he spoke, flipping it from a Kemba Walker model to a Stephen Curry model to a Michael Jordan model. Silver laid out what a fully customizable fan experience may look like in the NBA in 2038, right down to changing the name on the jersey those fans wear to games.


Currys excited for All-Star reunion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Dell Curry looks forward to those nights when he can open a bottle of wine, take a seat on his recliner in front of the fireplace alongside wife Sonya and watch their NBA sons play basketball simultaneously on two large-screen television sets in his living room.

Those are the nights he has to pinch himself realizing how blessed his family is.

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