The New Orleans Pelicans encountered an unfortunate setback when their beloved guard, Jose Alvarado, suffered a sprained ankle during a recent workout session. This untimely injury has only fueled the prevailing belief among fans that the team is ensnared by an enduring curse, casting a shadow of misfortune over their prospects.
Despite not boasting remarkable statistical achievements, Alvarado has carved a niche for himself in the basketball world through his unique skill set, particularly his uncanny ability to pilfer the ball. This exceptional talent has earned him the endearing moniker “Grand Theft Alvarado.” His signature technique involves a blend of stealth and trickery, resulting in turnovers mere moments after the opposing team gains possession of the ball.
This distinctive approach, though amusing to witness, has consistently proven effective, captivating the hearts of fans to such an extent that one creative enthusiast even designed a parody of the Grand Theft Auto cover art featuring Alvarado. Nevertheless, the Pelicans’ injury woes have been mounting since April, only serving to fortify the belief in the team’s cursed fate. Alongside Alvarado, prominent players like Brandon Ingram, Trey Murphy III, Zion Williamson, and CJ McCollum have all grappled with injuries, albeit with most of them being categorized as day-to-day concerns.
While the Pelicans wrapped up the previous season with a respectable record of 42-40, the cumulative effect of these injuries could potentially present significant challenges for the team moving forward. However, there remains optimism that many of these key players will make their return in the coming weeks, as most of their injuries are not of a long-term nature. The ongoing debate regarding whether the Pelicans are genuinely cursed or if it’s merely a product of superstition continues to engage the fervent fanbase.
On a somewhat unrelated note, Grand Theft Auto is currently commemorating its 10th anniversary, offering various bonuses and rewards to players as it celebrates a decade of its immersive open-world gameplay and criminal escapades.