I just listened to both of these today and I was pretty upset about Simmons mentioning that he had never played for a 50 win club before the US tournament. I guess it was just one year that Chandler was on a team with 50+ wins but there are also 3 years where he was under by a game or two. For a guy with 8 seasons under his belt and half were almost 50 win seasons I think its fair to say there is a quite a disparity between reality and the notion that Simmons was giving in that. I didn't like the sentiment that Tyson "never played on a good team" either. People forget the Hornets so easily after they time and again prove to be a strong team. Geaux Hornets!
I think people (unfairly) think that the team would be bad without CP3. In 2007, input an average point guard instead of CP and we are still a .500 team. Maybe not a 56-win team, but still. Ariza, Okafor, Jack and West could and probably would easily start for most of the teams in the league. While the same can't be said for Mo Peterson, you might have made that argument in 2007.