The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 June 2006

Please, Mr. Post Man

Byron Scott, last week:

If we can get a big at 12 and 15, we'll take that and then we'll take our chances in free agency as far as getting a shooter. Bigs are hard to get, so if you can get a 6-11 and a 7-footer or 6-11 and 6-10 that can help clog up that middle and block shots and rebound, then I think it helps make us an even more attractive team as far as free agency goes to try to land a guy that can flat-out shoot the ball.

They indeed took that. The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson is impressed:

Hilton Armstrong and Cedric Simmons are difference-makers for this franchise. For other teams, they might’ve just been nice additions. For this team, they’ll put the Hornets over the edge.

Not immediately, of course. But if you're looking for guys who can slash and burn in the lane, these are the guys you're looking for.

In the second round (at 43), the Bees opted for Brazilian forward Marcus Vinicius, whom I suspect will be dangled as trade bait.

Posted at 8:28 AM to Net Proceeds

I'm not a big fan of the pro basketball in general, but I must confess to being excited at the potential for your Hornets successors here in Carolina. Quite the young nucleus, if they can figure out the chemistry.

Posted by: Jennifer at 8:35 AM on 29 June 2006

This was a fractious bunch in New Orleans, but apparently the shock of relocation cooled a lot of people's jets. It will be interesting to see how things unfold when they go back to Louisiana. (We are regularly assured that yes, they will.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:52 PM on 29 June 2006