I made my debut on Hornets247 this morning with a few quick answers for our 3 on 3 segment about the Hornets vs. Suns game tonight. Check it out!

It comes with great pride that I inform all of our loyal readers that, almost exactly a year to the day that HoopDat was created by Andrew and myself, the site has gotten a “promotion” of sorts. I have been invited to join Hornets247, the official Hornets blog for ESPN.com, and will begin writing for them. In addition, I also plan on contributing Saints content to Saints247, currently operated by one of the existing members of Hornets247. Don’t worry, though; every time I write something for H247 or S247, a link will be posted here. You’ll be reading the same content that you were used to reading on HoopDat, except it will now be featured on those two sites instead.

I am joining a truly great team over at both sites, and am very excited to become a part of it. I also want to thank all of you; without HoopDat’s fantastic following, I would not have achieved as much success as I have experienced in just my first full year of sports writing. Please sign up for Hornets247  and for Saints247 as well, and keep giving your own feedback, as all of your opinions are very important as well! You can follow Hornets247 on facebook and on twitter, as well as Saints247 on both facebook and twitter. I’ll see all of you over there!

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I posted a brief column yesterday evening just a couple hours after the Chris Paul trade news broke on At the Hive. In the post, I discuss the players that the Hornets received by trading Paul, as well as what the deal likely means for New Orleans both in the short-term and the long-term. Check it out, sign up for At the Hive if you haven’t already, and join the 175-comment discussion going on in the comments section about the trade!

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has just reported that Hornets’ point guard Chris Paul has informed team officials that he will not be returning to the Hornets after his contract expires, and wants to be traded to New York. More on this as it becomes public, but suffice it to say that Chris Paul’s New Orleans Hornets career will not stretch beyond this season at the latest. The odds of him being traded to New York, however, are incredibly slim, due to the simple fact that the Knicks have nowhere near the available assets that would make a deal worthwhile to New Orleans. No matter how this situation plays out, however, it is obviously terrible news for the Hornets, although not entirely unexpected.

This morning, excellent basketball writer Rob Mahoney published a thought-provoking piece on the New York Times’ NBA blog, Off the Dribble, exploring a potential plan for the Hornets. The strategy that he presents for the team to consider is geared towards, not so surprisingly, convincing Chris Paul to remain in New Orleans beyond next season, when he is able to opt out of the final year of his contract. His idea, in a nutshell, is to basically wipe the entire roster clean and subsequently give Paul the keys to reconstruct the roster exactly as he chooses. Obviously, there is a ton of risk involved, and a new owner would be a necessity before this idea could begin to take shape, but I believe that it may be the best option for the Hornets. After the jump, I explain how it would be possible, and why it could be in the team’s best interest to pursue this course of action. Continue reading »

Head over to Hornets247.com for a guest article that I wrote which outlines all major changes coming in the new NBA labor agreement and explains the type of impact that each change will have on the Hornets. If you’re wondering exactly what this new collective bargaining agreement will mean for basketball in New Orleans, I oh so humbly suggest that you give this write-up a look. Thanks to Joe Gerrity and the guys at H247 for posting it.

All of the details are not yet available, but all major news sources are now reporting that the NBA players and owners have come to an agreement to end the NBA lockout. This is obviously fantastic news for both the Hornets and NBA fans everywhere, and we will be sure to update you with information as soon as it becomes available. The deal ultimately be put to a vote, and while it can be expected that some players will vote against this new proposed deal, there shouldn’t be enough of those votes to account for anywhere near a majority. So, barring completely unforeseen circumstances - the NBA is back!

This morning, news broke that NBA All-Stars Chris Paul, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony will highlight a four game exhibition tour for charity which will consist of stops in Akron, OH, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, IL, and East Rutherford, NJ. Continue reading »

Well, here we are.

After 23 hours of negotiations between the NBA players and owners over the past two days, we’ve arrived at a juncture with only two possible realistic outcomes:

A) A (jam-packed) 72 game season beginning on December 15th.

B) No season at all.

The obvious follow-up question is – which outcome should we expect? Continue reading »

The New Orleans Hornets’ 2011 season kicks off Wednesday night in the New Orleans Arena as the team takes on last year’s #1 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Chicago Bulls. The CP3-led Hornets will try to rebound this season after suffering a first round playoff defeat by the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. The Bulls, on the other hand, are coming off an Eastern Conference Championship defeat at the hands of the Miami Heat, and are poised to make another run at a championship behind last season’s regular season MVP, Derrick Rose.

…What’s that? There’s a lockout, you say? Well, that’s one hell of a buzzkill. I already wrote a game preview and everything! I may as well share it with you guys, right? Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the keys to tomorrow night’s fictitious season opener. Continue reading »

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