September 29th, 2009
Now that the Saints are 3-0 and pretty much a lock on the Super Bowl, it’s time to turn our attention to our other favorite team, the Hornets. They start training camp today in Lafayette, and NOLA.com has a series of articles to herald their return.
The Hornets are back with a deeper bench, after coach Byron Scott saw Chris Paul and David West worn out at the end of last season. They lost in the first round of the playoffs earlier this year, and “that’s fueling the hunger for this season,” said Emeka Okafor, who was acquired this summer in a trade with the Charlotte Bobcats for Tyson Chandler.
Other new players include power forward Darius Songalia and point guard Bobby Brown, who we got by trading with the Timberwolves for Antonio Daniels, and first-round draft pick Darren Collison.
“My message is to come ready from Day 1,” Scott told the T-P. “I’m confident in the guys we brought in. The one thing I’m excited about is that we have competition at every position with backup guys trying to get minutes or trying to push starters. C.P. doesn’t get any easy practices when you got Bobby and Darren coming at him all day because they can match his speed.”