Tag:Carl Landry
Posted on: March 25, 2011 12:24 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 9:22 pm
 

What happens to the Hornets without David West?

Posted by Royce Young



Hopefully I'm jumping the gun here. Hopefully, David West didn't suffer a major, serious injury Thursday night against the Jazz. But according to all initial reports and just the way it looked, West will likely be out the rest of the season and probably the entire duration of the postseason.

Right now, it's been classified as a "left knee trauma." That last word makes this thing sound pretty scary. He'll have an MRI later today to determine the severity.  (UPDATE: Reports are that West tore his ACL and is done for the remainder of the season and postseason.)

Two questions immediately popped up after West was wheeled to the locker room in a wheelchair: 1) With an early termination option, what's this do to West's desire to opt out and test free agency and 2) are the Hornets totally screwed now?

The first question is still a little premature to really delve into because we don't exactly know the extent of the injury and how West's career could be affected. But what we do have a pretty handle on is that West likely won't be appearing in a Hornet uniform this season and that means New Orleans' postseason aspirations have drastically been altered.

Let's not get ahead of ourselves though. Let's not pretend that this was a championship New Orleans team that was destined for an appearance in the Western Finals. It's a good team that pending a favorable matchup could maybe get to the second round and of course with Chris Paul and West, be able to push an opponent to six or seven games there. That was the Hornets' immediate future.

Without West though, everything changes. First, CP3 just lost his top target. Gone is his pick-and-pop buddy, the guy the Hornets liked to isolate at the end of games, the guy they liked taking their last second shots. Gone is their second best rebounder and second best interior defender. And gone is their second best player. Take the second best player from any playoff team and that group is in trouble. Take Pau Gasol away from Kobe. Take Jason Terry away from Dirk. Take Russell Westbrook away from Kevin Durant. Things change big time.

And in the Hornets case, things change fundamentally too. Like I said, West was a dynamic option for Paul because the two loved to run a mid-range pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop game. West's backup Carl Landry has no ability to do that. He's a terrible jumpshooter. West's range extended nearly to the 3-point line while Landry isn't making anything consistently past the free throw line.

Really, the Hornets might be better served using Jason Smith almost equally with Landry. Smith is a decent mid-range shooter (shoots 42 percent from 16-23 feet on 2.8 attempts per game) and in spot time for Emeka Okafor, performed pretty well highlighted by a 20-point effort against Washington. Still though, there's no replacing West in the offense. Already the Hornets struggle on that end (20th in offensive efficiency) and without West, all the load goes on Paul to score. Trading Marcus Thornton for Landry at the deadline was a good move to provide frontcourt depth, but the Hornets are going to really miss his ability to score these last three weeks.

I'm talking playoff ramifications here, but maybe I'm asking the wrong question. Are the Hornets even going to get there without West? Right now, NOLA sits at seventh in the West at 41-31 which is three games ahead of the streaking Rockets. Three games though is a lot to make up in just 10 games. Unfortunately for the Hornets, the schedule isn't easy to finish. Six of the 10 are at home which is nice, but they have games against Phoenix (twice), the Lakers, Portland, Memphis (twice), Indiana, Houston, Utah and Dallas. If you'll notice, all 10 of those games are against current playoff teams or .500 clubs (well, Utah is 36-37). Yikes.

I think the Hornets will survive and squeeze into the postseason though, which is something I'm sure the organization desperately is hoping for from a financial standpoint. The Rockets will need to finish with seven out of 10 or so to catch the Hornets and with game against the Heat, 76ers, Spurs, Hawks, Mavericks and suddenly a big one against the Hornets April 6, that'll be tough.

But it'll likely end there for the Hornets. Getting to the postseason will be a task and while advancing was already somewhat of a long-shot, it's most definitely not happening without West. As it stands now, the Hornets would play the Lakers in the opening round and without West, the size of Andrew Bynum, Gasol and Lamar Odom will entirely overwhelm New Orleans. Really, their best hope for winning a game or two in the playoffs is to slip to eighth and catch the Spurs who they match up with a bit better.

The season may have changed in a big way for the Hornets Thursday night which is a real shame. The team has been an inconsistent mess for a lot of the season, but was finally finding some consistency lately. All of that probably flies out the window with a serious injury to David West.

I'm hoping all this analysis is totally worthless by later this afternoon as West's MRI shows it's not serious. But that's looking unlikely. Which is unfortunate for everyone.
Posted on: February 23, 2011 4:43 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Trade Tracker: Kings swap Landry to NOLA

An updating list of trades at the NBA Trade Deadline. Posted by EOB staff. 

Carl Landry traded to Hornets for Marcus Thornton


New Orleans receives: Carl Landry


Sacramento receives: Marcus Thornton, and cash

Analysis: We touched on this last night when the story broke, but essentially, it's a questionable move for the Hornets, who are hoping for a special combination with him and the Hornets guards. At least it means less time for Jason Smith. For the Kings, they get some cap relief and a good young wing player who can drop 30 at any given moment. Now, how this fits in with a crowded backcourt rotation is anyone's guess, but it's great return on investment. 
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:52 am
 

Trade Deadline: Landry to Hornets for Thornton

Hornets trade Marcus Thornton to Kings for Carl Landry. We're not sure why.
Posted by Matt Moore

Multiple sources including NBA FanHouse and Yahoo! Sports are reporting that the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Hornets have agreed to a trade which would send Carl Landry to the Hornets in exchange for Marcus Thornton and cash. The deal is expected to be completed tomorrow.

We expected the Hornets to be active. And we expected them to look for frontcourt help. But Carl Landry? It's not that Landry's not a good player, he certainly was for Houston. He's got good touch around the basket and great effort. But he's also the 14th worst power forward in defensive rebound rate and the worst power forward at the same stat among players averaging 25 minutes per game. It's entirely possible that he'll explode next to Chris Paul, but what good power forward doesn't? The numbers aren't positive, however. 

Landry has averaged a 34% FG percentage in the pick and roll this season according to Synergy Sports. He shoots 49.6% out of the post, which is nice, but he also turns the ball over an astonishing 17.5% of the time there. Defensively, he hasn't been bad this season, but he's also struggled with a number of things, most notably in the post. He's surrendering a 50% FG percentage in the post this season, which is in the 25th percentile of the league. Not exactly great. 

Thornton is a bit more complicated. He hasn't gotten nearly as many minutes as Landry this year, as Monty Williams has not been impressed with him. But he's been effective at both ends of the floor for the Hornets, and should work well in Sacramento off the bench. He's been particularly good against the pick and roll defensively, although in a limited sample size. 

Thornton, though, holds the potential to be an explosive scorer.  He can really fill it up, hence the nickname, "Buckets." He's also the kind of player fans irrationally attach themselves to, so Sacramento's got that going for them. But the Hornets? They're basically hoping Landry becomes a defensive stalwart suddenly and keeps up his ability on the offensive glass while improving his defensive rebounding. Maybe working next to Emeka Okafor will bring out his best, but it's a stretch. Bodies matter for the playoffs, and Jason Smith is terrible, but when it comes down to it, the Hornets have gambled heavily here. 

The Hornets took a dive headed into the All-Star break, but more concering is their trade history, adding Jarrett Jack, Trevor Ariza, and Carl Landry for Marcus Thornton, Jerryd Bayless, and Darren Collison. If the end result is a long playoff push, great. If not? There will be some questions in the Big Easy.
Posted on: January 27, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Carl Landry misses Rick Adelman

Posted by Royce Young

When you lose, and lose a lot, players, coaches, fans and local media start saying things. And I'm not talking about nice, positive things necessarily.

So as is the case in Sacramento, a team that's been a solid disappointment at 10-33, players are saying things. In this circumstance, it's forward Carl Landry.

Landry, talking with the Sacramento Bee,
was elaborating about what worked with former coach Rick Adelman in Houston. As a result, he gave the Kings a bit of a backhand.
“We ran and everybody shared the ball,” he said, “and when we didn’t have anything on the break, we’d run pick and rolls. We won 22 straight games (in 2007-08) without Yao (Ming) and mostly without Tracy McGrady . We could do that here, but that’s not what we do, and you have to play the system the coach (Paul Westphal) wants.”
More Landry:
“The basketball IQ on this team is not very good,” Landry said, “and that (knowledge) takes time. If you look at J.T. (Thompson), he’s had three or four coaches in his four years, coaches that probably weren’t that good. Everybody in this league can play. But it’s about spacing, having the right guys on the floor, running the right play. Move the ball. Set back screens, down screens, and play together. Our shooting percentage is so low because everything is one-on-one.”
So take that Eric Mussellman and Reggie Theus.

Obviously Landry has a point, otherwise the Kings wouldn't struggle scoring (26th in offensive efficiency) and might be a bit better. What this shows though, is that Paul Westphal has all but lost his squad. He's already supposedly safe for the season (mainly because of his big contract) but the team just isn't buying into his system.

The Kings prefer to run (eighth in pace) but because of a number of different reasons, one being that they don't move the ball all that well, it's not working. The team has tried to anchor its offense around Tyreke Evans' ability to bail them out with penetration late in the shot clock, but that's not the best system.

Thing is though, players still have to play. In Houston, the players shared the ball. I'm sure Westphal isn't telling his guys to run but play selfishly. I imagine the system has a lot to do with producing unselfish play, but still, players can make plays.

It's never a good thing to lose and it just gets worse when players start telling you, rather candidly, why you're losing. That's what Landry's doing here and more than anything, it's another example of how Westphal is struggling with this young team.

Via Sactown Royalty
Posted on: January 26, 2011 8:18 am
Edited on: January 26, 2011 8:19 am
 

The Shootaround: LA takes Utah's swagger

Charles Barkley names his pick for best point guard, A Magic writer keeps Dwight Howard's future in perspective, the Jazz take another top loss, Billy Hunter warns the Sacramento Kings to save money and Kendrick Perkins' tough road back to the court is remembered. Posted by Ben Golliver.  shootaround
  • There have been some very early reports that Dwight Howard might fly the coop in Orlando when he's able to be a free agent, but Orlando Pinstriped Post argues that it could be worse for Magic fans, as Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams has already turned up his rhetoric. "Williams' remarks illustrate that Orlando doesn't quite have it so bad with Howard. Apart from complaining about his teammates' defense--something he's obviously entitled to do, given the accuracy of his statements and his status as a team co-captain--Howard's at least remained neutral about his pending free agency.
  • Speaking of the Jazz, they've been struggling, and got crushed by the Lakers last night. Raja Bell tries to explain things to the Salt Lake Tribune, "We just lost our swagger somewhere along the lines. You know, we start pressing, we start trying to do everything so right that it backfires. I think it's a tough way to play."
  • Beyond The Beat catches up with the Sacramento Kings regarding an impending work stoppage. "It could take a year. It could take a day. We really don't know, but I know it's a serious issue and I can see them (players' association) pushing a lockout," Carl Landry told Beyond the Beat. "He (Hunter) forewarned us that there might be a lockout in effect, and he shared different ideas that will help prepare us for the lockout. They (players' association) are there for us and are already thinking about different contestants and things that will help the players."
  • Former Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton says he does not support the Oklahoma City Thunder in any way, notes the Seattle PI. "He would not attend an alumni event in Oklahoma City if invited. 'I didn't play in Oklahoma City,' he said. 'That would be disrespect to Seattle fans. We never played there. Why would we go to Oklahoma City and give the fans that opportunity or privilege?'"
  • Good news for Hornets fans: AFP reports that the team won't be going anywhere. "The NBA New Orleans Hornets will remain in the Louisiana city for at least another season after meeting an attendance goal that prevents an escape clause activation in their arena lease."
  • The Heat Index investigates what using LeBron James as a power forward will look like for the Miami Heat.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 12:48 pm
 

Kings shopping Casspi? And Landry?

Posted by Royce Young

The Kings appear on the verge of turning things over. While Paul Westphal and Geoff Petrie might be safe -- for now -- some changes look like they're coming. According to ESPN.com, the Sacramento is openly shopping guard Omri Casspi and is likely looking to move forward Carl Landry as well.

Reportedly the teams that have raised their hands in regards to Casspi are the Bulls and the Knicks.

Chicago, who missed out on J.J. Redick this summer when Orlando matched on his restricted contract, has been intent on adding another shooter to the rotation. Kyle Korver obviously is a marksman, but he's a one-dimensional marksman. Casspi, the Bulls believe, can be more of a well-rounded player that can defend, shoot and even create a little.

The Knicks, who couldn't seem to get Rudy Fernandez over the summer, would like Casspi for the same reasons. Good shooter, good scorer and a lengthy versatile defender. Honestly, the Knicks have a higher need, but because of the ever-complicated Carmelo Anthony situation, might balk at giving up any assets to seal the deal.

As mentioned in the original report, there are hurdles to jump for any potential suitors though. The Maloof brothers love Casspi not just as a player but as a diplomat. Having Casspi, the first Israeli-born player ever in the NBA, broadens your fanbase immediately. That's a nice perk on top of having a nice player. The Kings would likely attach a long-term contract to any deal involving Casspi who's earning a slim $1.25 million this year. Naturally that could dismiss the Bulls and Knicks who likely want to hold on to cap space like grim death.

On the other front, Carl Landry is reportedly "highly unlikely" to re-sign with the Kings, meaning Sacramento will probably ramp up efforts to move the forward. He has value out on the market right now and the Kings don't want to come out empty-handed on the trade that moved Kevin Martin out of town.

Landry is earning just $3 million on an expiring deal so a contender could be extremely interested in swooping his services up for a little run. (One team that comes to mind for me is the Thunder. They need an extra inside presence and have the assets to swing such a deal.) The Kings though aren't going to ask for pennies. They'll want real assets or picks for Landry, which is a lot to pay if it's just two months of renting him.

Sacramento is ready to start moving parts around. The current roster just doesn't seem to be headed in the direction the organization wants and while certain parts like DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans are off limits, others like Landry, Casspi, Francisco Garcia and even Jason Thompson might be for sale.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 1:53 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 2:10 pm
 

Matt Barnes and Carl Landry crush a Laker Girl

Posted by Royce Young

It always fascinates me how with so many people close to the action in both basketball and football, that more people don't get horrifically injured. Like in football when a receiver is knocked out of bounds and goes flying into a cameraman, everyone always seems to pop up just fine. (Except for Joe Paterno, that one time.)

And in basketball, when there's a hard foul on a fast break and Luke Walton (why did I pick Luke Walton? I don't know) falls hard onto the baseline cameraman for TNT, all that ever happens is we get an awesome shot of Walton's face coming a hundred miles an hour at the lens before the camera goes crazy.

In the NBA, pretty much the only people in the danger zone (the baseline) is photographers and camerapersons. Unlike college, the cheerleaders and dancers don't sit anywhere near the action. But when the NBA takes preseason on the road to various locales, one being a college arena, the cheerleaders are stuck right in the middle of ground zero.

For instance, Ashley the Laker Girl found out exactly this thing.



Lakers reporter Mike Trudell says Ashley is doing fine and isn't seriously injured, but dang, that didn't look awesome. Especially the part where two huge men fell on top of her.

Last year, Chris Paul re-injured his knee falling into a baseline photographer and it's amazing not only more photogs and camera types don't get hurt, but the players as well. Not to make a whimsical post serious, but having people that close is just dangerous. I get that having people as close to the action whether they're working or just watching is the thing now, but still, it's sort of scary.

I know I wouldn't want Matt Barnes falling on me. Not even if the job required it.

Via BDL
Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:17 am
 

Preseason Primer: Sacramento Kings

Posted by Matt Moore
 
Could we have seen it coming? Could we have known that Tyreke Evans was going to join Michael Jordan and LeBron James among the handful of players to average 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists in their rookie season? That he would make such a huge difference? Well, yeah, we should have. The question is where do the Kings, whose rebuilding project they find accelertaed, go from here? That's where we begin with the lastest in our Preseason Primers .

Training camp site: Sacramento, CA
Training camp starts: September 28th

Key additions: Samuel Dalembert (trade), Antoine Wright (free agency), Luther Head (free agency), DeMarcus Cousins (draft)

Key subtractions: Spencer Hawes (trade), Jon Brockman (trade), Andres Nocioni (trade)

Likely starting lineup: Tyrke Evans (PG), Beno Udrih (SG), Donte Greene (SF), Carl Landry (PF), Samuel Dalembert (C)

Player to watch: DeMarcus Cousins. There's no getting around it. "Boogie" is the guy you want to keep an eye on. He could dominate. He could underwhelm. He could blow up on his teammates. he could fit in seamlessly. He could add weight. He could slim down. Anything is possible with Cousins, and his progression will be a huge factor in how the Kings do this season.


Chemistry quiz: Evans needs to be the leader, and this is the season where he's got to start showing that. Meanwhile, there aer a bunch of players on the Kings like Thompson and Greene who may wind up frustrated if they can't secure their positions on the team. Throw in the explosive Cousins and you have a tenuous situation that could be brilliant, could be terrible. It's wait and see.


Camp battles: All eyes on small forward, as Donte Greene and Omri Casspi battle for control of the universe... I mean, small forward spot. Greene has more experience and athleticism, but Casspi is arguably more skilled. This is going to be and intense and close fight. Sorting out the rest of the frontcourt will be tough as well with experience (Dalembert, Landry) versus upside (Thompson and Cousins) as well as slotting positions.

Injury issues:
Evans had an ankle injury in Team USA tryouts but should be fine. Other than that, the Kings enter camp healthy.

Biggest strength: Athleticism. Evans, Thompson, Greene, Cousins, Landry. They're tough, long, and athletic. That team can create mismatches on the floor sheer length and leaping ability. Strong, too. Should be a lot of fun to watch.

Glaring weakness: Inexperience. The best thing about being young is you don't know any better. That's also the worst thing. The Kings are going to struggle as they learn how to win. Learning to be consistent starts in camp.
 
 
 
 
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