The Pelicans fought hard, but dropped another one at Oracle Arena to the Warriors last night as they face a 2-0 hole headed back home. Prior to game 2, Pelicans head coach Monty Williams complained about the crowd noise. He thinks that the fans are too loud in the arena and would like something to be done about it. Seriously.
We recently saw the NFL’s Atlanta Hawks admit to pumping in artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome, so anything’s possible. Either that, or these fans are just truly louder than the rest of the league.
“I’m not so sure that the decibel level is legal there, and I’m serious,” Williams said before Game 2 of their first-round playoff series Monday. “They’ve done studies on that. Being on the competition committee, there’s got to be something to that because it does get a little out of hand.
“I’ve talked about it for years, they’ve got some of the best fans in the league here, and they show up early,” he continued. “The music before the game, they’re playing old school music, and it’s right above your locker room. And you’re like, ‘These people are crazy, man. This is pretty cool.’ So I’m sure it has an effect, but after a few minutes it’s just basketball.”