Good news, Pelicans fans: LeBron James is coming to town Saturday night.

"Why is that good news?" you're probably asking.

Well, the NBA's best player seems to always bring out the best in the Pelicans whenever he comes to New Orleans.

Perhaps it's the playoff-like atmosphere Bron brings with him to the Smoothie King Center. (Or any of the other 28 NBA arenas where his Cleveland Cavaliers travel).

Either that, or someone around town is sticking pins in a doll wearing a No. 23 jersey.

For whatever reason, nothing comes easy for James' teams in the Big Easy.

The last time LeBron won a game in New Orleans, he was playing with the Miami Heat, the Pelicans were called the Hornets, and the Smoothie King Center was called New Orleans Arena.

That was way back in March 2013, when James and Heat teammates Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen beat the Hornets. Anthony Davis was a 19-year old rookie just a few days away from his 20th birthday.

Since then, the Pelicans have been able to hold serve at home, winning the past four games against LeBron (one in his final season with the Heat and three with the Cavaliers).

The only other cities in which James has similar or longer droughts are Portland and Salt Lake City. He's lost his past four games in Portland and hasn't won there since March 2012. He's lost six straight in Utah and hasn't defeated the Jazz on their home court since 2010.

He's just 4-8 all time in New Orleans: 1-2 in Miami and 3-6 in his two stints with the Cavs. (He also split a pair of games during the Hurricane Katrina-ruined season when the New Orleans franchise played its games in Oklahoma City.)

The Cavs, including the years when James was still in Miami, have lost six straight in New Orleans. Their last win here was in the 2009-10 season.

Individually, James has given the fans who flock to New Orleans to see him their money's worth, averaging 28 points, including two 40-plus point games.

But it still hasn't been enough.

LeBron's most recent trip to New Orleans, in January, was the most improbable loss of all.

James had a triple-double, scoring 26 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 12 assists. His former sidekick, Kyrie Irving, erupted for 49 points.

Those two stats alone would seem like recipe for a Pelicans' loss.

But there was more.

That game was a month before DeMarcus Cousins was even playing with the Pelicans.

Oh, and Anthony Davis didn't play. He was scratched from the lineup with a right quad contusion just 30 minutes before tip-off.

Still, the Pelicans won from start to finish, leading by as many as 22 points in a 124-122 victory. Terrence Jones, no longer with the team, and Jrue Holiday led the way that night.

It was easily one of the Pelicans' most impressive performances under Alvin Gentry, in his third season.

A win Saturday night would be even more impressive.

It would make the Pelicans 3-3 and would be the first time they have reached the .500 mark in the Gentry era.

It would also mean LeBron still has never defeated the Pelicans, by that name, in New Orleans.

Strange but true.

Follow Rod Walker on Twitter, @rwalkeradvocate.