Good to see that things are looking up for the Hornets. Unfortunately, however, it may not change the fortunes of the Hornets. they're not going to get any better than being a marginal playoff team and sooner or later sponsers will get tired of that. The Hornets cannot attract quality free agents nor can they keep the ones they currently have. David West is gone and Chris Paul will not be too far behind. that 46 win season was the best the Hornbets could possibly do. It will only go down-sill from there
If you swapped the Knicks roster with the Hornets roster I can guarantee you that people would think the Hornets were still doomed while the Knicks were possessed for glory. I don't know if you remember, seeing as you likely have a short term memory, but in 2008 the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals so it's clear that there's not a magic wall standing in front of them ever being a great playoff team. The only reason you say that they can never be any better than they currently are is based on the past season. Just because the Hornets were the 7th seed doesn't mean they're going to be that again. It doesn't mean they'll be worse, it doesn't mean they'll be better. We don't know the future and what lies beyond. The Oklahoma City Thunder were the 8th seed in 2010 then they were the 4th seed in 2011. And I KNOW what you're going to say, "Oh but everyone knew they were an up and coming team." Yes that is true, but it was only because they had three youthful pieces all under rookie contracts. If the Hornets make the roster moves necessary, I see no reason why they too can't make a leap from 7th to 4th, it's not unimaginable seeing as they were actually in the 4th/5th seed for A LOT of the duration of last season. So rather than come on here, making brash assumptions and bold statements that you have NO WAY of backing up, just think, but even for a second about how your argument sounds.
Yeah, just look at the Knicks and how their sponsors got tired of losing... Oh, wait... Sponsors also care about sales, image, etc. 1) People are buying tickets during the lockout when it's impossible to win games or try to retain Chris Paul. 2) Sponsorship has increased immediately after the sales surge. I think you need to take some notes on how things work down in New Orleans. Everything you've said was applicable the past few years and variations were seen, the doomsday at the end of your posited slippery slope has not come to pass. It may. But it hasn't. How much weight do you put on empiricism, JT? Maybe your theory isn't taking into account all forces and players in the market? What do you think?