Hornets: Random Thoughts On The Loss In S.A.

Joe GerrityCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2009

SAN ANTONIO - JANUARY 31:  David West #30 of the New Orleans Hornets drives the ball past Matt Bonner #15 of the San Antonio Spurs on January 31, 2009 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Hornets will be fine as soon as Byron Scott gets his act together.

I tried to convince myself at one point that more bench play would be good for them as a unit, but I was quickly brought back to reality upon thoughts of last year. We need Chris Paul to play 40 minutes a game to be a good team.

Emeka Okafor looked great. Although he didn't get any blocks, he clearly was contesting shots. It was so nice, as a Hornets fan, watching a center make successful moves against the likes of Tim Duncan and company. Okafor for Tyson Chandler is going to prove quite a steal when the chips are tallied a few years from now.

Did anyone see Chandler's stat line over in Charlotte? 0-for-5, 6 rebounds, 3 TO, 3 PF, 0 points, 0 blocks, 0 steals in 21 minutes. It's not surprising since he can't create a shot for himself. Not having a post game makes it hard for a team.

A bunch of GMs should be fired for not taking Wagner. I don't care how tall he is and I don't care if his knees are made of silly string and pipe cleaners. That guy can play some ball. He looked NBA-ready in Game One.

Throughout the game I kept thinking of what it would look like if the Hornets had DeJuan Blair instead of the Spurs. He was a big part of the 20-1 run.

Although I think Jeff Bower had a great offseason, the move he made to draft Darren Collison and then sign Bobby Brown was a little redundant. The last Hornet I saw jacking up shots like that was Mike James. Before that it had to be Janerro Pargo. I wonder what happened to them?

The Hornets' draft picks (which cost them three total) played a total of three meaningless minutes. Marcus Thornton didn't even suit up.

Mo-P looked exactly like he did in 2007-2008. He's incapable of creating his own shot, his defense is average at best, and his catch and shoot three pointer is solid. Really, he's just a placeholder until someone comes along worthy of starting. When or where that person will come from is anyone's guess.

Chris Paul continues to astound. If you insert an average PG into the lineup in place of him, the team would lose by 40. It's too bad that he doesn't have a worthy running partner.

Julian Wright looks good like I thught he would. He needs some more consistency in his life, but otherwise he should be a good addition to the starting lineup.