Anthony Davis is one of only two players on the Western Conference all-star team this week playing on a team with a losing record.
DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings is the other.
Kenny Smith, television analyst for TNT, said Davis shouldn't be discouraged by that.
"Sometimes you can do all the wrong things and win," Smith said. "And on the flip side, you can be doing a all the right things and not win. The key is not to get discouraged and to stay on course and not change some things that are right. That eventually will help you. That's the hardest part for a young player to realize that 'Hey, I'm not winning, but I'm doing the right thing to win.' "
Smith and Charles Barkley, one half of the "Inside the NBA" team, met with members of the media on Thursday before their live broadcast at Champions Square.
Both had high praise for Davis, who will be starting in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center.
"Oh man he's just special, and he seems like a terrific kid," Barkley said. "He is a special talent. I root for him."
When asked if he thought Davis had enough talent surrounding him, Barkley responded: "At one point Michael Jordan didn't either."
Barkley is hoping Davis sticks around in New Orleans and doesn't follow the trend of superstars switching teams.
"I prefer the Dirk Nowitzki approach," Barkley said. "I'm going to keep trying and we are going to get better and then we're going to win. That's what happens. Michael Jordan went through some growing pains and he is the greatest player ever. (Jordan) didn't say 'I want to go play with some of my friends.' "
New Orleans memories
Smith has many memories about the city of New Orleans.
He was being recruited by North Carolina and watching on television when Jordan hit the game-winning shot for the Tar Heels in the Superdome in 1982.
And Smith made the call "Superman is in the building" on Dwight Howard's dunk in 2008.
But Smith's best memory was a game he watched on TV when he was a 11 living in New York.
It was the night Pistol "Pete" Maravich poured in 68 points for the New Orleans Jazz in a win over the Knicks.
"I'll never forget it," Smith said. "This guy was going bananas. I was thinking New Orleans? They play basketball in New Orleans?"
The National Basketball Retired Players Association will celebrate its 25th anniversary in New Orleans this weekend.
The NBRPA will commemorate its founding members Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens, Dave DeBusschere and Oscar Robertson in celebration of the organization’s 25th Anniversary at a luncheon Friday.
The NBRPA is comprised of NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters.
Legends scheduled to appear throughout the weekend include: Nate Archibald, Rick Barry, Dale Ellis, Julius Erving and Spencer Haywood.
Jarrius vs. Chuck
Jarrius Robertson, the Saints' 14-year-old super fan born with a liver disease, got a chance to join in on the interview session Thursday. Roberston interviewed Barkley briefly.
Later, Robertson and Shaquille O'Neal tag-teamed and tackled Barkley as he was doing a television interview.