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Nov. 22, 2022

The New Orleans Sports Scene with Scott Kushner

In this episode, Doug and Greg take a little break from the usual marketing discussion and talk about some other exciting things, basketball, and football. They are joined today by Scott Kushner. Scott is a leading expert on New Orleans sports and a columnist for The Times-Picayune. He is also the co-host of the Polk and Kush podcast, covering New Orleans' teams with a bend away from stats and bold takes.

Scott talks with Doug and Greg about the Pelicans, Tulane football, and the Saints. Aside from sharing his thoughts on New Orleans sports, he also speaks about where he sees the city's sports scene going.

Key Takeaways

  • [02:31] - How far the Pelicans are from winning a championship.
  • [04:34] - What Zion Williamson means to his team.
  • [08:33] - Future impact of the trade in the NBA on the Pelicans.
  • [11:19] - Scott's vision for the Pelicans in the future.
  • [16:24] - What Scott thinks about the Saints and their potential.
  • [19:24] - How Scott explains the Saints' failures during the Drew era.
  • [21:04] - Where Sean Payton is likely to go after this year.
  • [28:17] - In what direction will New Orleans go in the future?


[04:09] - "This season is about connecting Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, CJ McCollum, Willie Green, and David Griffin and seeing how much potential there is. Before you can start saying where's the championship window, you want to see how all these things work together when they're all together. Cause we had just seen much of that in the first 10 games of the season." ~ Scott Kushner

[13:25] - "Whether or not the Pelicans will get incrementally better to fit that timeline is a question that no one can answer. But they have allowed themselves to say if this is the right group, they've got nothing but time to get it together, fail together in the playoffs, tweak what's right around the edges and then go out and try to win. And that is a rare thing." ~ Scott Kushner

[20:39] - "It doesn't do you much good if you aren't willing to use the value you have." ~ Scott Kushner


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