A smiling Alvin Gentry said voodoo doctors/spiritual advisers have already reached out to #Pelicans to help: "We've got some volunteers."— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) March 30, 2016
After making the playoffs last season and hiring head coach Alvin Gentry, things were looking up for the New Orleans Pelicans. But then the 2015-16 season started and expectations faltered—a lot.
A big chunk of the Pelicans' roster was lost due to season-ending injuries. It's almost as if someone cursed the entire roster. At least someone thinks that. A voodoo priest admitted to the New Orleans Advocate that the Pelicans are indeed jinxed:
"The easy way around that is a spiritual cleansing," he said. "There’s a number of different ones you could do."
The easiest, he said, is a simple "sage smudging." You light a smudge stick — a bundle of herbs bound with string — and cleanse the locker room. You throw some sea salt in the corners to "lock it down so none of these little jinxes work," he said.
At this point, Gentry should take that into consideration. Better yet, why not make the mascot learn voodoo, just to have someone who can perform cleanses when needed?
But voodoo can be scary for some people. Why not go all in?