New Orleans Trying to Keep Chris Paul Long Term
During the summer, New Orleans Hornets superstar point guard Chris Paul was unhappy with the direction of the Hornets going forward. Reports came out that he demanded a trade as well, but after sitting down with the front office, he agreed to see how the season would unfold.
Hornets fans have been amazed at their team’s play so far this season, and they are one of two undefeated NBA teams remaining, along with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Now fully healthy, Chris Paul has nearly regained his elite status of 2008, when he was a top MVP candidate. Paul is leading the offense, and is now helped by two quality big men, Emeka Okafor and David West.
The Hornets beat the Miami Heat earlier this week, in a game that proved to everyone they can beat the league’s best teams. The Hornets must continue to play exceptional defense, because there offense is very good, but defensively they have been prone to taking nights off the past few years.
New head coach Monty Williams has brought youth and excitement to a franchise that in 2008 was though to be the next great team in the Western conference.
Injuries to Paul and other key players prevented the 2009 and 2010 seasons from improving on the 2008 successes, but the Hornets are finally ready to contend in the West.
Chris Paul has a fit in New Orleans, and the fans love him. The ownership and front office have built a solid team around their superstar point guard, and a few more pieces could make them a title contender.
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