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Conflicting reports lead to doubts about reported second arrest of Hornets’ Jeff Taylor

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Thursday nights reports started to hit the Internet that Charlotte Hornet swingman Jeff Taylor was arrested for a second time in 24 hours, but an attempt to confirm the details of this second arrest leave a lot of room for doubt.

Here is what we know for sure: Taylor was arrested early Thursday morning in East Lansing, Michigan, on a domestic assault charge at a local hotel. This was the first (or maybe only) arrest. Part of that was a second charge of malicious destruction of property.

The Ingham County jail confirmed to ProBasketballTalk what NBC affiliate WILX had previously reported — that Taylor was arrested and brought to them for the second time in one day, that he arrived in their facility at 7:30 p.m. and was released on bond just before 9 p.m. They say he was arrested on a malicious destruction of a building charge, although WILX says it was for less than $200 in damage. The address for this arrest given by WILX is about a mile from the hotel where the first arrest took place.

However, the East Lansing Police Department says there was no second arrest. They confirmed to PBT there was no second contact with Taylor after the first arrest early Thursday morning. The Lansing Police Department said the same thing to other news outlets, that they had no arrest record.

With the second charge of the original arrest (malicious destruction of property) being so close to what the second arrest allegedly was for (malicious destruction of a building) it seems as if it is possible this is a mix up at the jail.

It’s just not clear, but police departments tend to know who they arrest.

Meanwhile, both the Hornets and NBA league office are investigating the situation of the first arrest on domestic assault charges.

The Hornets released this statement on Taylor’s first arrest:

“The organization is in the process of gathering more information and doing our due diligence. This is a matter that we take very seriously.”

Taylor missed most of last season after a ruptured Achilles tendon, but he was expected to be back and ready to go when training camp opened next week. He was going to be fighting for minutes on the wing, but he’s got much bigger issues in front of him now.

The Hornets are deep in debt – congrats on the purchase David Stern

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You knew if the New Orleans Hornets were making money George Shinn would not have been trying to sell the team (he would have done a Donald Sterling and run a team poorly for profit as long as he could).

But the leaked financials of the New Orleans Hornets painted a bleak picture, team where the owner is paying out of his pocket every year and drowning in debt like a college kid with credit cards. Fantastic new purchase, David Stern. (Note: Deadspin posted these first and broke the story, although I first saw a hard copy of them from Larry Coon of ESPN.)

Basically, the Hornets turned a modest profit between June 2008-2009 ($5.9 million) and lost money the year before ($6.4 million), but meanwhile they are up to their eyeballs in debt — $83 million as of June 2009. It had long been rumored that taking over all that debt was one of the concerns Gary Chouest had with the purchase of the team.

What’s more, as Deadspin points out, that in the two years of KPMG-audited numbers George Shinn had to reach into his pockets for about $8.8 million to keep the team operating.

Stern has said there is no timetable for the sale of the franchise and they want to work hard to find local owners. But now the other 29 NBA owners run that team and if they are going to be asked to reach into their pockets for the Hornets you can bet they will push for a faster sale. Whether the team stays in New Orleans or not.

This story just promises to get more and more ugly.

So… what’s going on with Chris Paul and the Hornets?

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Let us hearken back to those alabaster days when things were simpler, times were happier. When Chris Paul and the Hornets were 8-0, and by golly, CP3 looked like the MVP. A playoff team? No, the question was if New Orleans would have homecourt in the first round! Can they topple the Lakers? Is Emeka Okafor most improved? Is Marco Belinelli the most stylish man in the NBA?

But alas, those days are gone. The mighty Hornets have sucked in routs.

Since that wonderful time, the Hornets are 5-6, losers of their last 5 of 7, and have lots to teams like the Clippers and Knicks (including letting Amar’e Stoudemire work them over like they were paying him to do it). So the Hornets are slumping in a big way. But what’s to be concerned with? I think we all knew this team wasn’t quite that good (those of us whose fandom does not ride floats up a certain street in Louisiana named after a certain county in Kentucky at least). This is simply the reversion to the norm. I’m sure the issues are with Emeka Okafor going back to looking like the same inconsistent, easy to confuse and overwhelm center he’s always been and Marco Belinelli and Willie Green reverting back to form, right?


From Hornets blog At The Hive:

It feels weird to blame Chris Paul at the end of a loss. For more than half a decade, the blame has almost always been rightfully directed elsewhere. But our current offensive woes start and stop with him. On a night the team missed David West, we needed him to step up and take over the scoring load. Instead, he deferred and deferred and deferred until it was far too late. When he did start putting up shots as the game wound down, he scored almost at will. That just makes it so much more exasperating. The overall numbers look fine, but anybody that watched this game will tell you that Chris Paul let the Hornets down.

Yikes. Well, that’s one man’s opinion. What say you, Hornets 24-7?

Normally I refrain from talking too much about Paul since everyone else who writes about the game is going to cover every move and breath he takes, but I can’t help but publicly question his passive play. I don’t want to make any accusations, so I’ll leave it at that.

Sure, with 5 minutes left in the game he decided to take over, but what about the other 43 minutes? Too little, too late.

He finished with 17 points on 9 shots, 10 assists to 2 turnovers, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. The numbers are great, but there need to be more of them under the point category to win games like this.

PAUL HASN’T SCORED 20 POINTS SINCE 11/17. SINCE THEN THE HORNETS ARE 4-5. – I felt like that deserved capitalized bold letters. Paul used to drop 30 once a week just for fun.

Hmmm. It would appear that there may be a batch of bad gin (or jazz or crawfish po’ boys or whatever New Orleans cliche you’d prefer here) going around in New Orleans. It’s hard to figure out exactly what the Hornets have to do to get back to their winning ways, since that early streak was so simply excellent in every regard. They defended well, they attacked well, they rebounded well, they passed well, they shot well. Fixing those things may take rotation changes, it may just take time. Tough one for Monty Williams to figure out.

The Hornets are currently 13-6, three games behind San Antonio for the Southwest Division lead, and in fifth place in the Western Conference. They play San Antonio on Sunday.

Chris Paul to spend the season in a knee brace

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When Chris Paul was healthy at the beginning of last season, he was all but unstoppable. In the month of November, Paul averaged 22.6 points, 9.9 assists, and 2.1 steals per game while shooting 58.4% from the field and 61.5% from beyond the arc. Even though the Hornets weren’t exactly lighting the league on fire during that stretch, that’s freaky, freaky stuff.

Paul’s run of absolute dominance ended when he sprained his ankle in November, then his season came to a screeching halt when he tore his meniscus in January. Now Paul is on the court and ready to start the season, but according to John Reid of the Times Picayune, there are some signs he won’t be at 100% to start the year:

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul worked in practice Sunday with a brace off over his surgically repaired left knee.

During the portion of the practice open to the media, Paul took free throws and jump shots on an alternate court from his teammates as strength and core trainer Carlos Daniel and assistant trainer John Ishop observed.

Hornets Coach Monty Williams said Paul was getting used to the brace he’ll probably use throughout the regular season.

“We’re just trying to stay on top of anything that could be nagging,” Williams said. “It’s such a long season. When a guy is coming off a surgery, you want to be as cautious as you can to keep him from having any setbacks.”

Paul, who could not be reached for comment, missed 37 games last season after requiring arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee.

Hopefully the Hornets trainers are telling the truth and the knee brace is little more than an accessory, because a healthy Chris Paul is something to behold.



New Orleans, Philadelphia trade some bench players

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for sixers-logo.jpgWe have a trade!

Not the one everyone has been talking about and speculating on for the past few days. But a trade nonetheless. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news with a tweet.

New Orleans has traded Darius Songalia and Craig Brackins to Philly for Willie Green and Jason Smith, league source tells Y!

This is not a huge move for anybody, but it may say a few things.

Willie Green seems the guy to use as a backup point guard or two guard, behind Chris Paul and Marcus Thornton — he is not spectacular but he gave the Sixers a solid 21 minutes and 8.7 points per game last season. That’s not what Sixers fans will tell you, however. They were really, really down on him. In the way only Philly fans can be.

No Willie Green in Philly likely means more minutes for Evan Turner. They are banking on this guy.

Jason Smith will be entering his third hear in the league as a somewhat offensively limited big man (7’0″ off the bench). Not a bad buy for the Hornets to have around after their trades this summer.

What the Sixers get out of all this is less clear. Songalia gives the Sixers a journeyman forward they can bring off the bench and get some solid minutes from. He averaged 19 minutes and 7 points a game for the Hornets last season.

Sixers president Rod Thorn was high on Brackins, which is why he is now in Philly. Brackins has now been traded twice without ever setting foot in an official NBA practice, He was drafted No. 21 by the Thunder then traded on draft night to New Orleans as part of the Cole Aldrich deal.