New Orleans Hornets Buzz: Contenders or Pretenders?

Posted: 19th December 2009 by Joe Gerrity in NBA
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What do you get when you cross the league's best point guard with an All-Star power forward and a Top-10 center? It's hard to say. After 25 games, the Hornets are as much of a mystery as they were entering the season. Picked to finish anywhere from third to 10th in the west by experts, the team has lived up to nearly every expectation. After starting the seasonáby losing eight of their firstá11 games, the Bees have rebounded rather well, winning nine of 14, despite missing Paul for a stretch of games. It's reasonable to throw the firstá18 games or so out the window for a number of reasons: ùByron Scott coached the first nine games. ùChris Paul was hurt foráthe initial stretch under Jeff Bower. He came back for game 19 ùEmeka Okafor missed the entire preseason and was notably out of ...

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