New Orleans is a football town, with the Saints’ fan base being one of the most passionate of any sports team going back decades. The Pelicans, on the other hand, go back exactly a decade and are the NBA’s second-newest franchise.
They moved from New Orleans to Oklahoma City, then back to New Orleans. They changed their name from the Hornets to the Pelicans and their best two players in franchise history left the team in their primes for Los Angeles.
What does all of this have to do with Williamson? Because of the checkered and underwhelming history of the Pelicans, there are low expectations for the team. Forget winning a championship. Williamson getting to the conference finals would be something that’s never happened before in New Orleans.
The focus of the city always will be on the Saints, and at the very least, Williamson just has to not demand a trade to Los Angeles to not draw the ire of fans.