Where My Money Meets My Mouth

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Published: January 2, 2012

A few days ago I changed my prediction about the Hornets from playoff outsiders to first round fodder. I heard from more than a few people that I was officially a homer, just like I heard last year. That’s a term I ironically became all too familiar with while when getting within one victory of predicting the Hornets final regular season record last season, assuring everyone who would listen that the team would remain in New Orleans, and sticking with my gut in openly stating that Paul would remain with the Hornets throughout the 2010-2011 season. Believe it or not, people didn’t think those would all come true either. I had the last laugh. I’ll have it again this year.

This isn’t a pure homer prediction, like Michael and Ryan are convinced, but more a reflection of my eternal optimism (apples and oranges, I tell you). I truly think that the Hornets will find their way into the postseason if they aren’t dealing with injuries to their best players all year. I’m so confident, actually, that that If the Hornets don’t make the playoffs, I’ve decided to volunteer for a full day at The Green Project. You may recall that’s the place where Andrew and I helped out with the Hornets staff last summer.

In the legendary words of Jerry McGuire, “Who’s coming with me?!?”  If you get on board the train for this you will find themselves with a VIP invite to the first Hornets247 playoff watch party (read: free booze)when we make it. If not, you’ll be stuck volunteering with me and a bunch of Hornets fans all day. The horror…

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13 comments
Benton Troxclair
Benton Troxclair

2-3 with there best player missing three games, starting point guard missing one,and the loss of their best two players, and the kept the suns under 90 in phoenix? this team that leads the league in rebounding the shots miss because of their 2nd ranked defense? First rounders easy second a chance. the shots are gonna fall sooner or later

Nithenz
Nithenz

Im an eternal optimistic as well, and without any major injury or dump trade at the half, this team can make the 0-4 in the first round. Too bad im in Argentina...no Green Project here....

J
J

Playoffs? you talking about playoffs? lets see how the frist half of the season unfolds.

BigEasyBaller
BigEasyBaller

I'm with you Joe!! All we need is Eric "Moses" Gordon to lead us to the playoff promise land. As soon as he finds a telephone booth to change out of those street clothes into his costu *cough* hornets jersey, we will be good to go.

Tim
Tim

I like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Thomas Robinson a lot, but what scares me about MKG is he resembles Trevor Ariza alot. I don't see us getting high enough pick to get Anthony Davis, though. At PG, I like Kendall Marshall, but I think Marquis Teague has more potential.

J
J

My Hornets mock draft 1st rd Anthony Davis (PF) Kentucky 1st rd Jordan Taylor (PG) Wisconsin 2nd rd Allen Crabbe (SG) Cal

JayTeaa
JayTeaa

Have fun at the green project, hopefully we get Andre Drummond in the draft.

BRballboy
BRballboy

I like your optimism, but people who have watched this version of the Hornets and think playoffs don't need any more booze, free or otherwise. Mike (Mac) was talking about a mortgage on his home to back a bet on the Hornets making the playoffs. I am confused as to which side of that bet he felt so strongly about, but you don't blow up your roster and talk playoffs. When your 2 top guys are gone and you are shopping the rest, you are blowing up your roster and starting over. Dell wants all the picks and all the cap space he can get, to do anything else is a disservice to the franchise.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

Joe, I think you mean you will volunteer for an ADDITIONAL day at The Green Project. I mean, you are already planning on doing at least one full day already, right? (shout to Ziko with the CAPS)

Michael McNamara
Michael McNamara

I am sorry, perhaps some people were mistaken. I said I would take a mortgage out on my house betting that the Hornets would not make the playoffs. And this was when they were 2-0. I think they are the 14th best team in the West and will finish with a worse record (and better pick) than the T'Wolves and I made the bet with Joe after he wrote his piece. Instead of money, we made it volunteer work, and I am glad Joe will be spending his time doing something so noble and I appreciate all of you who jump on with him.

Joe Gerrity
Joe Gerrity

I'll put a day in there at some point beforehand so my efficiency rating rises on the real day.

Jason Calmes
Jason Calmes

All you guys are going to hang Joe out there as the only optimist that's also willing to do some charity work? Don't leave Joe hanging, people . . . who's with him?