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  1. Hornets extend contract of GM Dell Demps. Smart move.

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Dell Demps

    First new Hornets owner Tom Benson locked up coach Monty Williams with a multi-year deal. Now the Hornets have locked up general manager Dell Demps to keep their core in place. Smart move, Mr. Benson. The Hornets have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Demps, the team announced Friday. (We’re still trying to find…

  2. Hornets coach Williams fined $25,000 for concussion comments

    Nov 6, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Monty Williams

    Our own Brett Pollakoff called this in his original post on the news — Hornets coach Monty Williams was going to be writing a check to the league. Tuesday the NBA fined Williams $25,000 for his comments critical of the league’s concussion policy. For some background, Hornets star (and No. 1 overall pick) Anthony Davis…

  3. Hornets agree to four-year extension with Monty Williams

    Aug 19, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

    Monty Williams

    Surviving last year with the Hornets is a pretty impressive feat for Monty Williams. Losing Chris Paul and David West, dealing with the veto debacle, having Eric Gordon perpetually injured, being drastically low on talent, the deck was stacked against Williams. But instead of the team falling apart, even though they wound up with an…

  4. 2012 NBA Draft: The lottery bigs and their musical chairs

    Jun 24, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Well, Anthony Davis is No.1 and Thomas Robinson will go in the top five. That’s a pretty good start for the bigs in the 2012 NBA draft. After that, things get really interesting. Of the top bigs: Andre Drummond, Jared Sullinger, John Henson, Meyers Leonard, Tyler Zeller, Perry Jones, and if you want to throw…

  5. The New Orleans Hornets and a matter of serendipity, not conspiracy

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dell Demps

    Maybe they’re right. Maybe the league, in the face of unfathomable depths of reason to avoid the concept like the plague (which I have outlined here), really did rig the 2012 NBA Lottery in order to help the Hornets after a rough year, or dot the i’s on the sale of the team to Tom…

  6. Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year

    May 1, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The announcement came Tuesday afternoon with a press conference to follow where Gregg Popovich will be uncomfortable answering media questions. Spurs headman Gregg Popovich has been named NBA Coach of the Year. Mike Monroe of the Express-News was first with the report but the league has now confirmed it. And it’s a good call. When…

  7. Hornets’ coach explains Kobe’s ankle better than Kobe

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Kobe Bryant wouldn’t really talk about his injured ankle, and he wasn’t letting doctors look at it either. All Phil Jackson would say was that he was playing. After the game, it took Hornets coach Monty Williams to sum it up best (as reported by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated): “All this talk about his…

  8. NBA Playoffs: The Lakers get back on track

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:36 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    There was no one matchup that swung in the Lakers’ favor on Tuesday night. There wasn’t one key play that ended up making all the difference late in the game, although Kobe Bryant‘s turn-back-the-clock dunk in the second quarter did help swing the momentum their way. There wasn’t a noticeable change in their offensive strategy,…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Bynum, Lakers win an ugly one

    Apr 21, 2011, 2:34 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Los Angeles Lakers were able to even up their series against the New Orleans Hornets with relative ease. The Hornets were able to shock the Lakers in Game 1 because Los Angeles failed in two fundamental areas: they didn’t establish their big men on offense, and they didn’t contain Chris…

  10. Hornets’ head coach Monty Williams discusses moving forward without David West

    Mar 25, 2011, 9:59 PM EDT

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    The loss of David West for the season due to a torn ACL injury was a devastating blow to a Hornets team that currently sits seventh in the Western Conference playoff picture. Head coach Monty Williams talked about it with the assembled media for the first time since the diagnosis became official Friday afternoon, as…

  11. With West out Hornets likely still make playoffs, just exit early

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    David West

    We’re still waiting for the official diagnosis of David West, but if you’ve seen the video of his injury — if you heard his screams of pain on the game broadcast — you would realize it is not going to be good. He has a long rehab ahead of him, and some serious decisions to…

  12. Coach trying to convince David West to stick with Hornets

    Mar 22, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    David_west

    Monty Williams has proven a pretty good coach so far this season. He looks like a lot better coach when Chris Paul and David West are playing. He admits as much. Those also happen to be two guys who can opt out of deals the next two summers. So Williams has set to work. That…

  13. Quote of the Night: Monty Williams on Blake Griffin

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

    Griffin Dunk

    “We treat [Blake Griffin] like an All-Star. He can have those kinds of games all the time. We don’t treat him any differently than we would treat Amar’e Stoudemire. Those guys, you have to guard with team defense instead of one guy. He’s talented and explosive. The future’s bright here in L.A.” – Hornets coach…

  14. New Orleans finds path to winning runs through San Antonio

    Nov 10, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Hornets_huddle

    The New Orleans Hornets are standing at the top of the hill, 7-0. They beat the Clippers last night, but the lineup before that — Milwaukee, San Antonio, Denver and even Miami — is a bunch of teams that would bring most teams to their knees. Standing there, the Hornets have a good view. They…

  15. Hornets’ defensive success cast from the Spurs’ mold

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Emeka Okafor, New Orleans Hornets

    In the last decade of basketball, there have been few forces more power than the San Antonio Spurs’ defense. That vaunted defense has regressed in recent years, but from 2000-2007 (and, for that matter, from 1997-2000), San Antonio never allowed more than 99.7 points per 100 possessions, a mark that routinely put the Spurs’ defense…

  16. Hornets David West isn’t like everyone else, he’d rather wait to talk contract extension

    Oct 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    David_west

    Players around the league are jumping at the chance to get a contract extension in under this Collective Bargaining Agreement. There are some, like the Spurs Richard Jefferson, that took less money this season to guarantee a longer-term deal now. The only prominent exception is Carmelo Anthony, and that is a sticky mess. And now…

  17. Jerryd Bayless’ career undergoes a corrective measure

    Oct 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Portland vs. Dallas

    In 2008 the Portland Trailblazers drafted Jerryd Bayless with the eleventh pick in the draft. It was, at the time, considered to be a moderate reach, but some described it as a “best player available” type move. What was curious was that the Blazers already had All-Star Brandon Roy at shooting guard. They had drafted…

  18. Monty Williams trying to cut back Chris Paul’s minutes a little

    Oct 18, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    When Chris Paul returned from injury last season, he averaged 38 minutes per game. He has played at least 36 minutes a game every year he has been in the league. New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to cut that back to below 35 minutes a game, resting his star a little bit and saving…

  19. NBA Season Preview: New Orleans Hornets

    Oct 11, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Hornets_huddle

    Last season: 37-45, after Byron Scott started the season and was bounced for Jeff Bower, they still finished out of the playoffs. Of course they played half the season without Chris Paul and right now he is everything to that franchise. Head Coach: Monty Williams comes over from being an assistant in Portland and steps…

  20. Marcus Thornton is getting the Ben Gordon treatment

    Oct 9, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Marcus Thornton will come off the bench this season.

    Marcus Thornton proved to be one of the most exciting scoring rookies last season. He’s a significant part of the Hornets’ hopes to rebuild themselves into a playoff team (and keep CP3 from bolting for greener pastures). So obviously they’re going to feature him prominently and have him lining up beside Chris Paul in the…

  21. Vegas has a list of odds on the first coach to get canned, and it's pretty harsh

    Oct 2, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Like we said, a coach will get canned before the calendar flips to 2011. But who’s the unlucky guy? Turns out Vegas has its own list of candidates. The New Jersey Star-Ledger checked in with a gambling site called YouWager.com and looked at the list of prospective candidates to get canned. Essentially, if this is…

  22. Hornets may make more moves to show Chris Paul they really care

    Sep 7, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    It feels a little unfair to cast all New Orleans Hornets rumor in the “what does Chris Paul think?” category. But that is also the reality — keeping Chris Paul has to be a consideration in almost everything the Hornets do. It is Priority No. 1. And it should be Priority No. 2 also. The…

  23. Chris Paul to sit down with Hornets while his agent fields trade requests

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    If you’re a team interested in trading for Chris Paul, don’t send your request to the New Orleans Hornets, they’re not interested. Paul has two years left on his deal and the Hornets want to keep him. Send it instead to Leon Rose, Paul’s agent with Creative Artists Agency. He’s the one listening to offers…

  24. Report: Hornets hire Dell Demps to man the good ship "Keep Paul"

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    Dell Demps has a history of dealing with point guard controversies. He recently helped with the George Hill/Tony Parker situation. He knows that there’s a good part and a bad part to having two extremely talented point guards. This is a good thing, since he’ll be stepping into the exact same situation in New Orleans.…

  25. New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to clear the air with Chris Paul

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    And by “clear the air” we mean “try and convince him not to demand a trade which would result in the outright horrific downfall of the franchise.” CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger reports that Hornets head coach Monty Williams plans on sitting down with point guard Chris Paul for a conversation about where the team is headed…

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