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Larry Nance Jr cracks 'Jontay Porter' joke during press conference

Published April 20, 2024 at 3:33 PM
BY KEVIN BARREAU
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Larry Nance Jr. is exuding confidence in the New Orleans Pelicans as they gear up to face the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs. Ahead of the showdown, Nance playfully remarked that he's "betting" on his team to upset OKC, though he swiftly clarified he wasn't literally gambling. The lighthearted moment unfolded during a post-game presser, showcasing Nance's humor.


"Respectfully, I'm betting on the Pels," Nance said. "I'm not betting, no Jontay Porter. I'm not betting on anything, I don't own a betting app, none of that."

He referenced Jontay Porter, recently banned from the NBA due to betting-related infractions. Despite the jest, Nance's faith in the Pelicans is warranted. Their recent victory against the Sacramento Kings in the Play-In Tournament, sans Zion Williamson, demonstrated their resilience. Williamson's absence due to a hamstring injury didn't deter the Pelicans, underscoring their depth and resolve. Although facing OKC sans Williamson poses a challenge, the Pelicans remain undaunted. OKC's formidable season notwithstanding, the Pelicans' confidence, mirrored by Nance, could fuel an underdog triumph.


The series opener promises an intriguing matchup, set to unfold Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET. Meanwhile, Porter's ban underscores the NBA's vigilance against gambling-related misconduct. His involvement in betting activities, including influencing games, led to severe consequences. Investigations unveiled a pattern of illicit wagers and insider information disclosure, tarnishing Porter's career. Such revelations reinforce the league's commitment to integrity and fair play, safeguarding the sport's credibility.

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