In the NO Podcast Episode 88: Observations, Ayon and Gordon’s Knee

Published: October 7, 2012

Michael and I talk about what we saw in the Hornets first pre-season game – what mattered, what didn’t, and was that a hook shot from Robin Lopez or a MLB pitch at the rim? Then we chat about Ayon and the guy who didn’t play a minute for the Hornets. No, not Hakim Warrick! Eric Gordon, silly!

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  1. Ian H

    October 8, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Most locals know Chris Jackson here, he is the 2nd best player in LSU history after Pistol Pete even over Shaq. He was a phenomenal scorer and Shaq said on Open Court that Chris is the best player he has ever played with. He lost his mind in the NBA but any local over 25 is very familiar with his greatness because most of us are homers. Excellent comparison and I’m shocked that he wasnt a better 3 point shooter because he was phenomenal in college with unbelievable handle.

  2. berlin-hornets

    October 8, 2012 at 7:38 am

    I am from Germany and even I know abdul-Rauf.And by the way,Roberts is not 29!in december he’ll turn 27.he is not that much older than vasquez.
    I had the impression that Faruq played more under control than last season.Still not better than a fifth option,but not such a great detriment either.

  3. mango

    October 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Hmm Wikipedia, Draft Express, and USA Basketball all have Roberts as 26.

  4. Jeff

    October 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    “You’re an idiot!”

    Yes, we know Chris Jackson down here. He may have been the biggest star on the Dale Brown teams at LSU.

    Give your listeners more credit! We’re kinda basketball junkies.

  5. Hornets_Junkie

    October 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Yes you’re an idiot.

    I am 36 and from NOLA so I remember Chris Jackson/Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf very well. I will say this though, I don’t really see any of Chris Jackson’s game in Austin Rivers. Chris Jackson could really score the ball in college and his 3 point shot was way better then Austin Rivers 3 point shot coming into the league. Also Chris Jackson was 6’1 and Rivers is 6’4-6’5. Also Chris Jackson started his career in college as a PG and not a 2 Guard. Austin Rivers reminds me more of another guard from the late 80’s, early 90’s. Mark Macon from Temple University.

    • nolahog

      October 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

      I know Chris Jackson. I was also fascinated by him because he had SEVERE obsessive compulsive disorder, which is ultimately what led to him having difficulty in the NBA (and contributed to his freakishly high free throw percentage). I agree that Mark Macon is a better comparison.

      For any that are unfamiliar with Jackson, here’s a small tutorial. . .

      • Jason Calmes

        October 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

        Tourettes too.

  6. Ryan Schwan

    October 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Mea Culpa.


    • Jason Calmes

      October 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Ahem . . .


  7. Nate

    October 8, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    You’re an idiot!

    How can you be from around NOLA and not know Chris Jackson/Adbul-Rauf?
    Played for the Nuggets when drafted. Was in the dunk contest his rookie year.

  8. Ron

    October 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Your and idiot

    Chris was one of the greats Tigers under Dale Brown. The game against Loyola Marymount University in 1990 was classic. His site line 34/9/3 by the way Shaq as a freshmen that game 20/24/3 with 12 blocks

  9. okithor

    October 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Damn! I came on here to get a cheap shot on Schwan, but apparently I was beaten to the punch by several Chris Jackson homers : (

    I do remember Jackson at LSU and Denver. He actually played here the BJ league (Ahem…Basketball Japan league) last year. Jackson was a scorer and a very good shooter with a quick release. I don’t think Rivers will ever be the shooter that Jackson was.

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  11. da ThRONe

    October 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Yeah I’m sorry Ryan, but what Louisiana basketball fan over 25 doesn’t remember Chris Jackson?

    I agree with you guys a lot on this podcast. Although I may even go a little farther with my concerns(surprise surprise) about this team. I think the Magic are the least talented team after the Howard trade and we just didn’t look good against them.

    As far as who was most impressive I would go with Smith and Davis would be next. I had a few very slight concerns whether Davis would rebound well at the next level and even though it’s just preseason I think he answered those concerns. I will say he should have been called for basket interference on one of his put back dunks. The one area that still bothers me is his face up game. I just don’t see why so many think he can be affective with it. Even against the guys at the 4 and 5 he has a quickness advantage against I just don’t see the ball handling to take advantage night in night out.

    Not concerned with Anderson missing so many shots. I think you guys did a good job of mentioning in this league that will happen. However I just don’t see anybody really creating. Rivers looks like he will struggle with the pass or shoot option which must young guards do. Outside of Austin and Eric just don’t see anybody else consistently beating the defense and even with Rivers not sure how effective he’ll be when teams start knocking him down or will he kill the moral if he doesn’t find a good shoot-to-pass ratio.

    Then there’s Gordon. Which I was on board moving the minute I realized he was going to forced our hands for a max deal. I think he’ll be inactive atleast 30% of the games from now until he forces his way out of town during the 2014 off season with the player option he has going into the 15-16 season. At which point we’ll be getting even less during a trade than we could have gotten this off season.

  12. Nithenz

    October 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Hey, i even remember Abdul Rauf and im from Argentina and never saw a LSU game!

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