Happy Thanksgiving From Hornets247

Published: November 25, 2010

On behalf of everyone (except Michael), I want to wish all of our American readers a happy Thanksgiving. For the rest of you who may be unfamiliar with Turkey Day, it’s a time when families and strangers come together to share uncomfortable conversation while gorging themselves on foods usually reserved for Jabba the Hut. Quite a glorious holiday, really.

My table will be filled with a deep fried turkey, way too many pies, potatoes, gravy, mac and cheese, stuffing, ham, and enough champagne to kill a medium sized giraffe. Many a great Thanksgiving have been spent eating in excess and sitting on a comfortable couch. For that I am thankful.

I’m also thankful for a few more things, Hornets related. I am grateful…

  • That Peja’s deal is gone, and instead we have a nice trade exception and another quality guard. The trade exception is more valuable than the expiring contract.
  • Peja gave us so many years of good memories and never once complained. That’s rare.
  • Jarret Jack appears to be as good as advertised
  • Marcus Thornton hasn’t expressed his displeasure with sitting, and probably won’t.
  • Emeka Okafor has played in every game for the past 3+ years.
  • David West is back to bringing it every night
  • Trevor Ariza can make clutch shots.
  • Marco Belinelli can play defense
  • Willie Green is happy to come off the bench
  • Jason Smith has found a home here
  • Jerryd Bayless is gone
  • Pops has such hardcore fans
  • DJ Mbenga has such a cool name. I love to shout BENGA! when he does something great.
  • Quincy Pondexter is seeing time already
  • Aaron Gray got some action against Utah
  • Chris Paul is being Chris Paul.

I’m thankful that Tom Thibodeau ignored my letter (which has disappeared from the internet), and instead decided to go to Chicago, opening the door for Monty Williams (who I am also thankful for). It may be a little early to say this, but I get the feeling that we are watching the beginning of something special, and considering the projections and seemingly endless summer of trade rumors we went through, we deserve it.

So, Hornets fans, you may be a little disappointed with our show against the Clippers, and perhaps the Jazz game put you fully back in reality, but here’s where we are- Eleven wins and three losses, while playing one of the hardest opening schedules in the league. That’s nothing to be disappointed about, so instead I am thankful.

Gobble Gobble Gobble.

Here are my three Thanksgiving predictions, guaranteed to come true.

  1. Belinelli heads will replace the Peja heads in the arena
  2. The Hornets will win more playoff games this year than the Saints
  3. Hornets247 will host a watch party in early December

Got any of your own, or just some random thoughts about this absurd holiday?


  1. 42

    November 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm


  2. jib

    November 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Something tells me Aaron Gray doesn’t think this is an absurd holiday lol

  3. Michael McNamara

    November 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Thankful that the Hornets have an easy stretch of games coming up after San Antonio leaves

    Thankful for Dell Demps and Monty Williams- two guys who really understand the game.

    Thankful that the Hornets racked up 11 early wins before the league caught on. Even if they are only slightly over .500 the rest of the way, they will be a playoff team, which is all I would have asked for in the preseason.

    Thankful that we still have flexibility to make a few more moves before February.

  4. James Online

    November 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I’ll be thankful when the Hornets expand to more of a motion offense that will open up the game much more for Marco and Trevor who basically are stuck in the role of having to make desperation threes as the shot clock runs out. Those two guys will become much more effective if Monty gets the offense moving earlier, provides picks for outside shooters, and CP3 looks to pass to advantage all over the floor, instead of his safety blanket inside. Hornets have to do more on offense, and toughen up interior defense.

    Agree with Joe that the team is off to an amazingly good start overall.

    Somebody: What’s a “Peja head?”

    • 42

      November 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      When Peja hits a 3, 3 guys run along the side line, each carrying a large photo of Peja’s head, cut out along the coutours of his head, each about 4 feet tall. It’s hilarious.

      • AgentZiko

        November 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm

        God 42… I’m going to miss that so much. Every time Peja caught the ball ready to launch, I’d be outta my seat ready to give my bro high fives and watch the little head run across the bottom of the screen and laugh about it. LoL. Thats the coolest marketing tactic ive ever seen in the NBA, in game. We gotta do it for Belli AND Ariza! It’ll get their confidence going knowing the crowd and fans want to see the heads rolling! LoL.

  5. James Online

    November 25, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I’m coming to NOLA for games January 3 and 5…hope to see three Belli Heads in action! The point about confidence is true.

  6. QueenBee

    November 26, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Other than family things, and good health, I’m thankful for passionate Hornets fans like the ones at Hornets247.

  7. peronas

    November 26, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I’ll second that QueenBee I’m thankful to have a great community of Hornets fans!!!!

    I will miss the Peja heads, I had my smaller ones all ready to go again for the game on Friday but now I’ll just have to retire them to being office decorations

  8. Cloud520

    November 26, 2010 at 2:12 am

    I’m thankful that I was able to see the Peja heads one more time at the home opener.
    I’m extremely thankful that we beat the much over-hyped Heat.

  9. Nithenz

    November 26, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Jazz and Clippers were a tough thing to see, but i remember in DDL when i asked Joe i think it was, wich was a good record considering the first 17games. I was thinking a 7-10 would be good, i think he told 8-9, so worst case scenario 11-6 is way better than predicted. We all hate losing, Specially to Clipps. Most to Jazz. But, this is a great start and we can build from this to get better.
    No thanksgivving here in Argentina, but have a nice day all of u that celebrate it.
    i will just thank the Hornets for giving me hope this season.

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