In the NO Podcast Episode 13: Mid-Season Review

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Published: January 20, 2011

Ryan and Michael revisit their pre-season predictions, eat some crow, and make new predictions so they can eat some crow again later.  Ca-Caw!  Enjoy!

10 comments
Rocco
Rocco

I have followed both Jack and Banks when both were with Toronto. Both are score first guards. Banks, I thought was a bit more physical and slightly more athletic than Jack. However, Jack has a bit better handle and is more adept at lane penetration. To his credit, Banks when he did see action gave good effort and reasonably tried to stay with the team flow of a game. This may be his last stop in the league. But in the right situation he could a rotation guy for someone next year.

NolaHog
NolaHog

What exactly is the deal with Marcus Banks? Who is he? Where did he come from? Why doesn't he play? Also, I was reading Bill Simmons today, and he said the prospect of Paul and Blake Griffin playing together in the All-Star game was like "pairing Antonio Cromartie with the Octomom." Funny 'cause it's true.

42
42

Point guard most recently from Toronto. Overpaid and expiring. They don't want him hurt or disruptive in any way.

cheifyoungblood
cheifyoungblood

realistically what in the world are we gonna get for marcus banks ( assuming we can't package him ) a second round pick ?

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

Well we can package him now, so that is an option, and it all comes down to what the Hornets are willing to take on. Will they take on an extra 2-3 years of salary (Hamilton or S Jax?) or will they package him with cash for another 1 year rental (Nazr M., Carl Landry, etc) I think the Hornets will be aggressive if they remain healthy and they keep winning. If Marcus can be consistant, then the Hornets can focus all their efforts on a big man, or better yet, 2 big men

42
42

So, after going 11-1, we have gone 16-15 to end up where we are now at 27-16. Assuming we can pull off at least one win in the next three games, we'll still be in the neighborhood of playing 0.500 ball after the good start. That kinda means we've played a good one for each bad one, won a close one for each near-miss. As bad as we felt in December, we should feel about as good now since it's all balanced out. Maybe even better since we are on an uptick, but let's not get too crazy. For reference, continuing at 0.500 after going 11-1 puts you at 46-36. I feel good, all things considered.

42
42

Good podcast. They're all good. Whatever. The ca-caw . . . gold. GOLD. Au. GOLD!!! It might have kept me from smashing this iphone of mine with this hammer of mine, actually.

Gec
Gec

I agree with MM, OKC it's a bad MU because of guys like Jeff Green who is a younger Lamar Odom. I prefer to be against the Mavs that against the Thunder. The team i would like to play against in the playoffs it's Portland but that's just not gonna happen.. So a Martin-less Denver, Dallas and Utah are going to be the teams i hope the hornets are going to play against in the first round. It's going to be very hard to be in the second round and we are going to need A LOT of heart

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

Agree with all of that, as I didn't even consider Denver, but if they play hard ball and keep Anthony, that could be a 4/5 or 3/6 matchup. Then Melo checks out of the series like LeBron did against Boston and we are gold. It will all come down to health, the necessary addition of one big man, and either Marcus becoming a constant force or Demps getting a wing via trade that can be just that. If they get all 3 of those things, they can beat anyone except maybe a healthy LA team.

JCS
JCS

Good job guys.