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Hornets' coach to sit down with Paul

Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:15 pm
LAS VEGAS -- Hornets coach Monty Williams has read the reports indicating that Chris Paul is unhappy in New Orleans. But the Hornets' first-year coach isn't going to believe it until he hears it from his superstar point guard's mouth.

Williams plans to sit down with Paul for a face-to-face meeting in the near future in an effort to clear the air about the point guard's concerns and sell him on his vision.

"I want him to feel as excited as I am about where we’re going," Williams said after watching the Hornets' Summer League team Friday. "We have a bit of a new vision that I think is something that he can be excited about – and not just from an on-the-court standpoint. We’re working to get this thing continuing in the right direction."

Despite the fact that Wiliams has yet to coach a game for the Hornets, he already finds himself as the organization's lone basketball figure in the midst of a chaotic summer. The Hornets fired GM Jeff Bower this week and are in the process of hiring his replacement. Team president High Weber has scheduled interviews with Wizards assistant GM Tommy Sheppard and Kings assistant GM Jason Levien, and already has spoken with Spurs executive Dell Demps. Weber also wants to discuss the opening with former Trail Blazers execs Kevin Pritchard and Tom Penn, as well as former Suns exec David Griffin, sources said.

Meanwhile, Paul was quoted earlier this month as saying that he's "open to being traded" if the Hornets aren't committed to winning and competing with the Lakers, Celtics and other top teams.

"All I've seen from him is that he wants to win," Williams said. "All that other stuff, I've never seen him say anything. Every article has been somebody speculating or someone from inside the camp. I don’t have a camp. I've got me and my wife and my kids, so I don’t even know how that works. All I've seen for him is that he wants to win. I hope so, because that’s what we want. That’s not my personality to jump on some rumor or conjecture. The things he tells me straight up, that’s what I believe."

A specific date for Williams' sitdown with his disgruntled point guard has not been set, and Williams doesn't want to intrude on Paul's summer -- which gets more interesting by the day. Last week, it was reported that Paul toasted to forming "our own Big Three" in New York with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony at Anthony's wedding. Williams spoke with Paul about his vision for the team after he was hired, but that was before Paul's recent comments.

"I tend to let guys do their things in the summer time," Williams said. "I don’t want to get down his back with all my plans and let my excitement get in the way of his summer. I had a chance to spend a week with him two weeks ago and we had a chance to talk about a lot of stuff. He’s on the same page with us and I'm excited about working with him."

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2010 1:44 am

Time to reconsider his future

Monty Williams is a terrific young coach and if anyone can convince Chris Paul, Monty can. But here is his problem - he does not have another star to pair with Paul. His next best player is David West but West is not enough to challenge in the Western Conference and not  enough to compete with the newly strengthened Eastern Conference elite. It took 50 games to make the playoffs last year and those 50 games have to come against a plethora of star-studded teams.

The new paradym is multiple stars with a deep bench. Miami, of course, sets the standard with James, Wade and Bosh. But Chicago has Rose, Boozer and Noah; Boston has Pierce, Rondo, Allen and Garnett;  Orlando with Howard, Carter and Nelson; Atlanta with Johnson, Smith, Horford and O'Neal.

In the West, San Antonio has Duncan, Ginobili and Parker; Dallas has Nowitzki, Kidd, Terry and Butler; Houston has Ming, Miller and Martin; Denver with Anthony, Billups and Martin; Portland with Roy, Oden, Camby and Aldridge; Oklahoma City with Durant, Green and Westbrook; LA Lakers with Bryant, Gasol, Odom and Artest.

If Monty Williams can sell Paul into staying home he still is a long shot to make the playoffs. New Orleans might consider emulating Seattle-OKC and trading Paul and West (Allen and Lewis) to rebuild with young talent who can grow together. Darren Collison is a start and the assets gained from the trades and high draft picks can rebuild again to climb back to the hunt.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: July 18, 2010 9:47 pm

Hornets' coach to sit down with Paul

You're in for a rude awakening buddy.

First of all, due to the looming lockout, Carmelo will be signing that extension, so bank on that.

Secondly, the Hornets are in no worse shape than the Knicks right now.  Sure, you're playing in New York, but for what?  To pay higher taxes and play 2nd fiddle to the new look Heat for the next decade?  Yeah, have fun with that. 

The Knicks sucked just to have the chance to get LeBron, and that didn't happen.  Enjoy your $100 million dollars worth of Amare sans Steve Nash.  Let's see how that works out for you guys.  New Yorks is a great city blah blah blah.  Get over yourselves.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2010 11:55 pm

Hornets' coach to sit down with Paul

Well. Knicks looks like the biggest loser so far by signed Amare with 100 millions deals. but if C.Paul and C.Anthony gets to there that would make their own big threes in NewYork. if they play together that's alot more fun to watch which still have a hope

Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2010 6:12 pm

Hornets' coach to sit down with Paul

You New Yorkers irritate me.  Why would any superstar want to go to New York to die?  Hornets situation is not as bad as the media makes it look.  There are 2 all-stars and 2 promising 2nd year players.  This is the same core that took the Spurs to the limit.  How can you assume that New York is a better situation?  The ownership and management are the laughing stocks of the league.  Isiah was a train wreck.  They purged all talent to clear cap space for LeBron and couldn't close the deal. 

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2010 3:30 pm

Hornets' coach to sit down with Paul

Carmelo and Paul would work perfectly in NY. Melo has shown that he is ok with having a scoring point guard who leads the team during clutch moments. And Paul is a good scorer but thrives when he has a clear number one passing option. Combine them with Amare playing down low, and you have a synchronized big three unlike Miami.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 17, 2010 2:57 pm

Hornets' coach to sit down with Paul

Organization in disarray (just like the Knicks were under Isaiah Thomas), fired GM, no stars to play with, rookie head coach who was drafted by the Knicks and has never been a head coach in the NBA.   Someone please tell me why would Chris Paul want to stay in New Orleans??

It's crazy to say this but the Knicks are actually a MUCH better situation for Paul than his current team and they're pieces are only going to improve.  Come to Gotham Chris and play with Amar'e, Anthony Randolph and Gallinari and make them even better players.  Funny how Carmelo hasn't signed that $65mm extension...I wonder why?  Cool

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