SAN FRANCISCO — Pelicans coach Monty Williams suggested there might be something illegal about the crowd noise at Golden State Warriors games. The statement came during Williams’ press conference at his team’s shoot-around Monday morning at the University of San Francisco before Game 2 on Monday night.
“I’m not so sure that the decibel level is legal there,” Williams said. “I’m serious. They’ve done studies on that at the Competition Committee. There’s got to be something to that because it does get a little out of hand.”
Willaims said the Competition Committee has never discussed the Warriors crowds specifically.
Williams didn’t elaborate on what exactly made it illegal — an Atlanta Falcons situation, perhaps? He was also incredibly complimentary to Warriors fans.
“But their fans are, I’ve talked about it for years, they’ve got some of the best fans in the league here,” he said. “They show up early. The music before the game: It’s old-school music, and it’s right above your locker room. And you’re like, ‘These people are crazy, man. This is pretty cool.’ I’m sure it has an effect; but after a few minutes, it’s just basketball.”
Later, Williams modified his comments.
“They have the best fans in the league so I don’t know if you can add fuel to fire,” Williams said. “I in no way meant to insult, first of all, (Warriors co-owner Joe) Lacob, who I’ve gotten to know the last couple of years. If I’m a lightning rod, man, it’s a messed up world.
“I hope it was taken tongue in cheek.”
There are no helmets with earpieces in the NBA. Williams was asked if he had to give hand signals, to which he responded, “More visual than I am?
“We’ve talked about that,” Williams continued. “Eric (Gordon) and Tyreke (Evans) and AD (Anthony Davis) together and just told them, ‘You’ve gotta find me more so I can give you the signs.’ They’ll be better (Monday night).”
Ryan Anderson grew up in Sacramento and played at California in nearby Berkeley. He knows all about the Golden State crowd, which he called, “a die-hard group.”
“I came down to games quite a bit,” Anderson said. “I’m pretty used to the environment. It’s a cool experience to be here in the playoffs. With the team’s success, the crowd is even more into it this year, which is fun. It’s a fun environment to play in.”
Evans and Jrue Holiday were both listed as questionable in the pre-game injury report. Evans suffered a left knee contusion in Saturday’s Game 1 when he collided knee-on-knee with Golden State’s Andre Iguodala. Holiday is returning from missing 41 games with a stress fracture in his right leg. Game 1 was his fourth game back from the injury.
“We’re waiting to see how they feel this morning and probably before the game,” Williams said at the shoot-around.
Anderson is all of 26 years old, in his seventh season in the NBA. However, he is one of the veterans in the New Orleans locker room, thanks in part to three playoff appearances with the Orlando Magic. Along with Alexis Ajinca (they share a birthday: May 6, 1988), Anderson is the fourth-oldest player on the roster.
“I’m old, man,” Anderson joked when asked about his leadership. “The past few years for me, I feel old. It is weird to say. I consider myself young on a majority of teams, but I’m an older guy. I probably have maybe the most experience and might be one of the oldest (on the Pelicans), which is pretty crazy. But it’s something that I really want to share with the guys, and I just want to help as much as I can being the old guy.”