Darnell Lazare talks Pelicans at the All-Star break

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Former LSU forward and current Pelicans assistant Darnell Lazare joins Matt to kick off hour two of After Further Reveiw. Lazare talks the Pels’ season at the All-Star break. It’s been a tale of two seasons for New Orleans. Before Zion Williamson, and with Zion Williamson. Lazare talks the losing skid early in the year while Zion was on the shelf. What’s it like to go through that?

“It’s challenging for sure. You just have to keep coming to work everyday,” Lazare said. “We knew that if we kept working and kept fighting, we would eventually break through.”

It’s no doubt that Zion has made New Orleans better. Who has benefited the most on the team from Zion’s return?

“I would say probably Lonzo because of the type of player that Lonzo is,” Lazare said. “He’s a distributing player who likes to get other players involved. That’s been a nice little tandom there.”

What is the feeling in the building like now that the team is starting to win again, and against good teams?

“It’s kind of the same because even when we were losing we knew we had a talented team,” Lazare said. “The message hasn’t changed.”

The Pels are fighting for the No. 8 seed in the west. Is it better for a young team to go to the playoffs or just compete until the end and carry good momentum into the next season and make your run then?

“I think it’s always best to go as far as you can go,” Lazare said. “With this young group, winning matters. It accelerates your growth.”

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