The New Orleans Pelicans Training Camp opens this morning at the Pelicans practice facility located in Metairie New Orleans. Buddy Hield is excited and has been working consistently to improve after a slow start in the NBA Summer League spending hours in the gym and film room.
Hield has discussed the challenge of adjusting to the pace and speed of the NBA in comparison to the collegiate ranks, where he is now facing more talented players. Hield went on to say that ”when the level of competition gets higher, you just have to turn up, that’s what basketball players do. In a league like this, you have to bring it every night. I think it will take a couple of confident booster plays. There’s going to be learning curve, but there’s also expectations.”
Hield has turned to seasoned teammates including Anthony Davis who said “As a leader, it’s my job to correct him when he’s moving too fast. But he’s a great listener.”
Davis further explained that many rookies face an uphill challenge including the great ones and went on to say that “As a rookie, you are going to have breakdowns, you are going to mentally give in sometimes. The game is a lot faster, more physical.”
The team is confident in Buddy’s ability to score but reminds the eager former Oklahoma star to be patient and allow the game to come to him, trust his abilities and never try to do too much. We are confident that Buddy will not disappoint and just like many former greats, he too will overcome the rookie learning curve. Turn up young baller…Turn up.