08
Oct
08

IS JAMES POSEY THE MISSING PIECE FOR NEW ORLEANS HORNETS TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP?

 

-The New Orleans Hornets is coming off a spectacular season in 2007-08 and have even greater expectations for the 2008-09 season. All-Stars Chris Paul and David West, along with raising star Tyson Chandler in the middle, looking to make a run at not only the Western Conference finals but the NBA finals; they sure due have the pieces to make that run. The most vital piece that makes this run more believeable isn’t any of those players, it was the acquisition of James Posey. James Posey is a well experienced forward, who is coming off a NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics last year, also winning one with the Miami Heat a year before. This man knows how to win.

-It wasn’t easy getting Posey, a matter of fact it was quite expensive. Hornets had to sell their first-round pick to free up enough money to sign Posey. The contract is 4-years at $24 million, he sure is worth it. Posey will bring defense, 3-point shooting, and a veteran mettle, this was a great addition to the young squad. I hope he can make it 3 in row with 3 differents, maybe?

-Posey is already raising eye brows throughout the Hornets organization. “James is one of those old pros that knows how to play. He doesn’t do anything on the court to hurt you. He’s still learning the system, it’s going to take him some time, but he knows how to play, he knows the spots to get in, and he takes a lot of pride in his defense.” said Head Coach Byron Scott.

 

– Chris Paul was also very inpressed with what Posey has shown. “It’s crazy to say him, because he’s been in the league so long. But this is my first opportunity to play with him. We both played for [coach Skip Prosser] in college, so I heard about him all this time. His knowledge of the game, how he plays at a certain level all the time, it’s something we need.”

-Posey feels very confident in what he can bring to this team, he has done with many teams, and has become very successful with each team; Bringing Championships to new teams. Posey’s intensity and vocal style will take some time to get used to but it will definitely bring the Hornets to a level where they need to be and also added the piece they lacked, which allowed them to fall short of a Western Conference Championship last year. “I’ve done it on all the teams I’ve been on. Sometimes players take it a little differently. Instead of the coach keeping on saying it, they take it a little better coming from a teammate,” comments on his sideline coaching.

-Let’s see how far the Hornets go this year, expectations are nothing short of a Western Conference Final.

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