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The NBA’s Hornets And Their Neutral Ways

By Zack Slattery

After a great 2007-2008 season and a very impressive playoff run, the 2008-2009 Hornets looked nothing like the team from the season before as they rolled over in the first round of the playoffs. Fans in New Orleans were disappointed with the result, as the season before paved the way for hope that the Hornets team was on the rise. Clashes between players and coach Byron Scott, among other things, killed the momentum for the New Orleans Hornets last season.

Perhaps it began when the Hornets traded Tyson Chandler to the Oklahoma City Thunder, only to learn soon after that this trade attempt would fail due to a failed physical. The trade made sense for New Orleans, since the loss in talent was offset with the fact that New Orleans would save financially by avoiding the luxury tax. Failure of the trade led to complications in both the financial and the team morale department.

Although they have traded, making several other moves such as trading away the injury prone and over-paid Peja Stojakovic, nothing has seemed to work. The Hornets have even gone as far to say that no player is safe from being traded, well except for the star of the team Chris Paul that is.

Now it’s the off-season, the draft has come and gone and the Hornets have yet to make an off-season move. In fact, they are the only playoff team in the “Wild West” who have not made a move yet.

Because of this, it’s very likely that New Orleans will be stuck paying yet another luxury tax. This could be justified if there was an improvement in the team’s talent pool, but this isn’t the case whatsoever. It’s starting to seem more and more than the 2007-2008 season was the near-term pinnacle for the Hornets, and each season from here will fall short, and possibly even regress, if no moves are made.

It’s up to the front office to seize the day and put this team back on track.

Zack Slattery is an amateur basketball reporter with a passion for the New Orleans Hornets. He’s a regular contributor to both the NBA basketball forum and the New Orleans Hornets forum at RootZoo, an interactive community of sports fans.

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