In the NO Podcast: Sadface

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Published: December 7, 2010

This week we talk about the games following a depressing loss to the Spurs, touch on the news about the Sale of the Hornets, grumble about the “passive” tag being applied to CP3, answer a question emailed us by a reader, and talk about the upoming week.  Caution:  Some of the content may cause sad faces.

S’okay though, it’s almost the Holiday season, when everyone is supposed to be depressed!  Right?  Eggnog anyone?

26 comments
BeesGivingEffort
BeesGivingEffort

What's the point of having one of the most efficient scorers in the league if you don't use him? You mention that SA game 7, but we had a great shot at the end of tying it with Pargo's 3. And the only reason we had gotten that far in the season was because of CP3 carrying us on his back. MoPete and Peja were a combined 5-18 (2-9 from deep). We have what we have. I'd rather get that game 7 at home chance to pull something out of our a** and get to the WCF than have Chris get lesser parts involved now just to have them pull a Peja/MoPete on us. You keep contradicting yourselves by saying that we don't have a championship caliber roster, but you want that roster involved? That makes no sense. If you want a shot this year, than you need CP3 to LBJ into the Finals.

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It's called comparative advantage. I'm not saying that he shouldn't be scoring, but the concept applies when trying to figure out why you'd want him to not take shots. Plus all of Michael's stuff. In this case, he's the best distributor, creator, etc. and the difference between his distributing, creating, etc. compared to the next guy (Jack?) is much larger than the difference between his efficiency at scoring and the next guy (West?). Yeah?

Caleb
Caleb

@Beesgivingeffort. The thing is, if Chris was taking 7-8 threes a game... its highly unlikely he would be making 49% of them. Part of Chris' efficiency has always been his penchant for superb shot selection. He's smart. But I agree with the sentiment at least. Like I said above... when you are one of the most efficient and dynamic offensive players to ever play the game, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to have games where you shoot 10 times and someone like Ariza shoots 20 times. I've always thought CP was excellent at finding the perfect balance between scoring and distributing. Yet this season I feel like that balance is just a little too titled to the distributing end of the spectrum.

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After blithely tossing out those names, I took a gander at the advanced stats at basketball reference . . . Emeka and D are both up there. I need to look and see what counts as an attempt, but part of what I think we're missing in all the advanced stat stuff, and the not-too-too-advanced stats, like TS%, is that some shots just aren't being created, the stuff left on the table. We see those things (project them really) but I'm not sure if they show up. D West needing to kick out to Belinelli more, efficiency aside, doesn't show up.

BeesGivingEffort
BeesGivingEffort

Know what I think the really scary part is? Chris' jumper is even better than we saw in 07-08. If you shoot 49% from the 3 pt line, you should be tossing up 7-8 a game. And the difference between David West and the next guy is the grand canyon.

JCS
JCS

How about a poll conspiring on what teams will be contracted? If any I hope it's Minnesota, but I'm thinking Sacramento, Golden State and Los Angeles, should all be considered before NOLA.

Caleb
Caleb

I'm not sure I agree about Paul. When you are far and away the most efficient and dynamic offensive player on your team, not to mention the league as a whole, you need to take more than 11 shots per game... especially if your team is struggling. Trevor Ariza and Chris Paul should not be putting the same amount of shots up. That does not make sense. It's about putting as much pressure on the defense as possible, and a CP who attacks is tougher for any defense to cover. I do totally understand what you guys are saying, but I'd like to see a middle ground here... there have been several instances this season where I wish Chris would have turned on the offense a little earlier in the game. I don't want to see Chris completely carry the team and take 15-20 shots a game like 08-09, but I honestly do think he needs to be a little more aggressive than he has been. Although as I've said before, Chris Paul obviously knows way more about basketball than I do.

jtshoopsblog
jtshoopsblog

Oh lets not forget to mention that the NBA is planning on moving the team. :S

Hornet
Hornet

Wrong. They plan on selling the team. Not moving it unless an offer too good comes around or no potential owner that wants to keep the team in NOLA pops up.

edbballin504
edbballin504

I think the Okafor to DET proposal could become realistic...but if it did happen, wouldnt that set us back this season? Right now I think we have a realistic chance to get to atleast the 2nd round. Without a true C, are chances are less than that IMO. Thoughts?

edbballin504
edbballin504

I like shipping out Okafor long term, but short term we'd be in trouble.

ppellico
ppellico

Living in the Ozarks of SE MO, I do not know what radio station or where ever else I can look to find you guys discussing this live. Is this internet available??? paul

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I think this is the only place to get the . . . recording. What makes a recording a podcast, I don't know.

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I think they are trying to deceive the public into thinking they are hot shots so they can get in on the payola. It's a good plan, frankly. I was ready to give them twenty whole dollars to use me covering Against Me!'s "Baby, I'm an Anarchist" as bumper music for a segment . . .

ppellico
ppellico

Oh...I thought this was a recording off one of their radio broadcast. Or maybe there was a live podcast going on I could listen in on. Thanks....

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Thanks for the answers. Appreciated. Given all the inputs from here about trading, value, defense, and Chris Paul, we should be looking for a trade involving sending Okafor and Ariza away, possibly with more for a center, if that center is not expiring; less if he is expiring. I can get with that. How about Ariza, West, Okafor, more for Carmelo and more? I'm totally ignoring the feared possibilty of the NBA throttling us in that regard. Nice work overall, as usual. You guys are starting to click, even with a Regis figure.

Ryan Schwan
Ryan Schwan

Wait, are you calling one of us Regis Philbin?

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Yes.

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

and you didnt announce the mailbag! BOO! some comments: 1.) agree with Okafor - untradeable 2.) agree with Ariza(michael) disagree with West(Ryan) 3.) agree with CP3 comments. Smart CP3 > Aggressive CP3 (thats my opinion) 4.) Go Hornets.*gloom* *gloom*

nikkoewan
nikkoewan

great podcast again michael. would i like to add that you should do another contest. :D i want to win a prize from the Hornets via 247 :D i wanted that journal writing contest but sadly, i didn't win :(( there was a game over ATH and at Blazersedge where each member predicts the numbers for the game. I want something like that. The activity in this site is awesome.

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

Want to put it out there- Several times I refer to the OKC game as being the first one of this upcoming week. I was looking at the wrong week in the schedule. My bad. Other than that, I am right on everything as usual.

okijeff
okijeff

Great podcast! Like the comments on CP3.