“I don’t gamble, no Jontay Porter!”

In the aftermath of a crucial win that clinched the eighth seed for the New Orleans Pelicans, Larry Nance Jr. more than just his basketball skills to the post-game press conference. With a room full of reporters hanging on every word, Nance Jr. uttered a line that was both a playful joke and a clever nod to the recent NBA drama.

The Pelicans had just secured their playoff spot by beating the Sacramento Kings 105-98, despite the absence of star player Zion Williamson. It was a display of teamwork, with six players scoring in double figures and Nance Jr. contributed no less than 13 points in 21 minutes. But it was his post-match comments that stole the show.

When asked about the team’s upcoming challenge against the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, Nance Jr. couldn’t resist the opportunity to reference the recent controversy surrounding Jontay Porter.

‘With all due respect, I’m betting on the Pels. I’m not guessing, no Jontay Porter. I’m not betting on anything. I don’t have a gambling app, nothing like that,” he joked, drawing laughter from everyone present.

The joke was an apparent allusion to the unfortunate plight of Jontay Porter, the former Toronto Raptors player who was banned for life from the NBA for involvement in prop betting. Porter’s violations include disclosing confidential information to sports bettors, restricting his own participation in games for gambling purposes and betting on NBA games himself.

Nance’s comment was not only a moment of levity, but also a reminder of the serious consequences that come with violating competition rules. As the Pelicans prepare to take on the Thunder at the Paycom Center, Nance and his teammates are ready to bring their winning momentum to the court, with or without the jokes.