PS: I can’t say that anything in particular physically bothers me right now. My goal for this season was to start it without any back issues and to slowly go back to the form I had before the injury. Only for a few moments this feeling from the past days returns and it reminds me how good it used to be. I think that the next season will be better regarding my health, which would enable me to not have these ups and downs in my game as I did this season.
PS: I still take painkillers. Back-to-back games are simply murderous for me. I know how important these games are, though, and that is why my minutes are so much bigger now than they were at the beginning of this season. Therefore, there’s no time nor space for whining. We need to be all together and be all ready for the play-offs.
PS: It is very hard to compare those two teams. Simply because these Hornets have never played in the play-offs with this roster. This team still has to prove itself. However, I believe in this team, I believe that we have lots of talent. Are we going to match our talent with our results – it’s all on us. Sacramento, on the other hand, reached its peak at the same time when the team discombobulated. The Hornets have the future, we will see what happens in the play-offs.
PS: We have two phenomenal players, two All-Stars. Chris Paul and David West are remarkable leaders, especially so due to their young age.
PS: I would add that I played with another great passer, that is Chris Webber. In Sacramento, we played different style of basketball, since the ball changed hands so fast. Here in New Orleans, we have Chris who creates plays for the whole team. He did an outstanding job and he should be an MVP this season.
PS: I think he does, but, yet again, you can’t go wrong if you give an MVP honor to Kobe any given year. He is just that good. Chris’ case is exemplified with his role on the same team that he lead to the highest spot in the Western Conference after only 38 wins last season.
PS: He did an excellent job, really. He is a true leader of this team. He always prepares us to the maximum both physically and mentally for every single game. That’s how he was as a player – there are no misses in the game preparation.
PS: I was injured most of the last season. Team did not play too good. Right now, our team is playing great, we have a great atmosphere, and we are a young team with the bright future ahead of us. We get along well through wins, as well as through losses.
PS: I simply have a different role in this Hornets team. I understood my role perfectly well, and I have no problems with it. I’m glad to be able to help this young team get to the play-offs and, hopefully, play a significant role in them.
PS: Those things happen in basketball once in a while. They caught the right series of games when they played phenomenally well. They even continued their streak after Yao became unavailable due to the injury. Rick Adelman is an outstanding coach. He succeeded in implementing his offensive system in the Rockets, as well as before that with the Kings. Although, I don’t think they can go to far in the play-offs without Yao Ming.
PS: At this moment, that is still too early to say. I think I still have a few good playing years ahead of me. I just hope that I end my career healthy. I mean, I want to decide on my own when it is time to call it quits.
PS: There were a lot of moments like that, of course. I was thinking very seriously about where my career is going to go after this injury, and whether or not I would be able to continue to play basketball professionally. Those thoughts go through the head of every injured player. As one gets older, injuries get harder and harder to heal. But, everything falls into place if one is a patient and hard-working person. The way I felt last summer, I didn’t even think that I would be participating in training camp and the team itself when the season started. However, at the end, everything was resolved in the right way.
PS: There’s time and place for everything. I think my role in the Hornets is a very good one. I can’t say that I play a minor role on this team. It is actually quite to the contrary. The team’s game depends quite a bit on how good I am playing on any given night.
PS: It is definitely different from anything I have experienced before in my playing career. It was different from Coach Adelman’s approach both in practice and in games. It took me a little while to fit in. However, we professionals adept very quickly.