Jose Alvarado, New Orleans Pelicans Guard Suffers Ankle Injury Weeks Before Training Camp

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SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - FEBRUARY 17: Jose Alvarado #15 of Team Pau looks on after the Jordan Rising Stars Game as part of 2023 NBA All Star Weekend at Vivint Arena on February 17, 2023 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Fan favorite Jose Alvarado has sprained his ankle this weekend during a workout, Shams Charania claims. The fans are already claiming that the New Orleans Pelicans‘ curse is injuring their players.

Jose Alvarado and “GTA”

The guard finds himself injured weeks before the training camp. This only furthers the Pelicans’ curse that fans and the league have been talking about.

While Alvarado’s stats aren’t eye-catching for most, fans know him for his nickname “Grand Theft Alvarado.

It’s an unconventional nickname, especially considering there’s no possibility of grand theft auto in the NBA.

However, the Pelicans point guard is known for his very interesting technique for stealing. It employs the highest level of camouflage and sneakiness, forcing a turnover in the first five seconds of the ball being held by the opposing team.

He tucks himself into a corner, then rushes at the rival player handling the ball and swoops it right under them.

It looks hilarious, but it does get results. “Peekaboo defense,” as the announcers would call it.

With how well these “peekaboo defense” plays are doing, fans enjoy every second of it so much that a fan has even created a parody of the Grand Theft Auto cover.

Grand Theft Alvorado. Jose Alvarado Might Miss Training Camp For New Orleans Pelicans.
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The Team’s Cursed

Fans are filling the comment section about the Pelicans’ curse. The team’s injuries have been racking up since April.

The players with injuries are:

  • Jose Alvarado (Day-to-day)
  • Brandon Ingram (Day-to-day)
  • Trey Murphy III (Out)
  • Zion Williamson (Day-to-day)
  • CJ McCollum (Day-to-day)

While the Pelicans held a decent standing last season with a 42-40, these injuries could bring in some issues.

However, since most of the injuries are day-to-day, there could be hope for many of these players to return in the following weeks.

Do you think it’s a curse for the team, or is it just superstitious talk?

Speaking of Grand Theft Auto, did you know it’s their 10th anniversary, and they’re giving out goodies and bonuses?