Alonzo Gee Lands In The Big Easy

Alonzo Gee has staying power. An undrafted free agent coming out of Alabama in the spring of 2009, he is entering his seventh NBA season . The powerfully built 6-6, 225 pound swing man earned a spot on the New Orleans Pelicans roster. Saturday was the home opener for the Western Conference team.

Gee's circuitous journey included stops in the D-League with the Austin Toros, Europe ‘s Asseco Prokom Gdynia (Poland) and the Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trailblazers before landing in “The Big Easy”. Perseverance, persistence, pride in performance and all the other words and phrases casually uttered by countless athletes but rarely practiced are staples for the soft-spoken Florida native. He has carved out a fulfilling career concentrating on defense, hustling, running the break and finishing at the rim.

The defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors (3-0) overcame a one point 65-64 halftime deficit and scored 70 points in the final two quarters to defeat the Pelicans, 134-120 on Saturday evening before a sold-out crowd at the Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans. Steph Curry, 2015 NBA MVP, was spectacular for the visitors, blistering the nets for 53 points, one shy of 54, his career high. An astonishing 28 points by the prolific scorer in the third quarter established a new individual milestone. The total was more than the 26 tallied by the Pelicans entire team. spoke with Alonzo Gee about the skills required to prolong a career. He had a special message for Alabama fans. First year New Orleans Pelicans (0-3) head coach Alvin Gentry commented on the role and attributes of the trusted veteran. Gee finished with two points on one of three shooting and recorded two rebounds in 16 minutes.

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