First of all, the New Orleans Hornets are supposedly now the favorites to win the 2009 NBA Championship. To justify this certain people have turned to voodoo math, making the point that the last two teams with James Posey as their 4th best player have won the Title*. But this argument is flawed**. Posey is the Hornets’ 5th Best player***. By the smallest of margins, Tyson Chandler is the Hornets’ 4th best player. Considering the rebounding, shot-blocking, paint presence, energy, and, most importantly, unfulfilled desire for victory**** TC provides, no one can tell me Posey is “better”. Granted, he is a bad motherfucker.
Anyways, I couldn’t help, mostly out of jealousy and/or rage, examining the signing through the ever-present Raptors’ venom hole. Let’s see: 25 Million over 4 years, eh? That sounds eerily familiar (and the eventual revelation is damn-near fatal) Oh wait, we’ve got Jason Kapono for 24 Million over 4 years. Sweeeet. At least our investment will return more Individual Awards. At least were playing A game the Herm way.
Adding to the swingman similarities and Raptors’ connections, Morris Peterson’s making 23 Million over 4 years. Poor Mo Pete. Going from desired to discarded in 1 year must suck. Where is he now on the SG/SF Depth Chart? Best case 3rd, possibly 5th (behind Peja, Posey, and youngsters Wright and Butler) I mean, he’s basically a defensively inferior Posey. Plus, now that they have a proven Clutcher, his 3-point prowess will probably be neglected come Playoff Time. Seriously, there’s no hope of him playing meaningful Playoff minutes without a catastrophic mishandling of Peja’s Eurobeard. Will he even be in the Playoff Rotation? Too early to say, but I’m leaning towards no (I say Paul, Pargo, Posey, Peja, Wright, West, Chandler, Ely and maybe Mayo MySpace Friend, Hilton Armstrong)
I don’t know whose patience should be questioned more, or who’s GM is Osying most. While swapping Posey for Kapono would certainly secure an East Finals’ appearance in 09, and thus making BC’s lack of patience worthy of fanbase rage, NO did pay 2 Million dollars less for a homeless man’s James Posey only to sign James Posey upon realizing their mistake. But then again, they do have James Posey. Hmmmm…tough.
*This in turn making a 2009 NBA Title for the Hornets relatively plausible
**And not just for the absurdly subjective precedent it relies upon. Return to the top for more!!!
***This in turn clearly, obviously, certainly, securing the 2009 NBA Title for the Hornets
****Let’s be realistic here; killing yourself to win YOUR SECOND RING for transcendent veterans like KG, the Truth, and Mr. Shuttlesworth is MUCH easier than killing yourself, for YOUR THIRD RING mind you, for a 3rd year pup like CP3. I’m now tapering the astronomical expectations***** I initially felt for the 09 Hornets. We’ll have to see how driven the Pose is. Though, I honestly cannot see him matching his INSPIRED 08 performance.
*****I’m talking dynasty-type delusions, if only to maintain a semblance of a cohesive argument. Cheers.