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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 5:25 pm  |  14 responses

Monty Williams Thinks Some Hornets Players Have Already Quit on the Season


New Orleans Hornets head coach seems to believe that the team still has something to play for this season, but he alleges that some of his players — *cough* Carl Landry *cough* — might not share the same philosophy. Per the Times-Picayune: “When New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams was asked about forward Carl Landry’s availability for Sunday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, he appeared baffled. Though Landry missed his second consecutive game with a sprained right ankle, Williams said he had no idea what’s going on with the forward’s injury. ‘It’s one of those situations that if I say too much right now, I could be sharp with my words,’ Williams said. Williams praised guard Jarrett Jack (sore ankle), forward Jason Smith (sore thigh) and Al-Farouq Aminu (foot) for playing through their injuries. But without naming anyone specifically, Williams lashed out at players that he believes might have already quit on the season with 13 games remaining. ‘If you have guys who think these games don’t mean anything, those are not the guys we want going forward,’ Williams said. ‘I’ve addressed it. It’s nothing new to our team. Trust me, we’ve seen it, and we’ve seen it here. This is the time of the year where you find out who is playing for the right reasons and who isn’t playing for the right reasons. I’m not going to single guys out, but I know what I’m looking at. I’ve been in the league long enough.’ The Hornets (13-40) are in range of setting the mark for fewest wins in franchise history, although they’re playing an abbreviated 66-game schedule caused by the NBA lockout. The current low point is 18 victories in the 2004-05 season in the franchise’s third year in New Orleans. That team finished 18-64. In an injury-riddled season, Williams has used 22 lineups with 10 players missing no less than two games because of injury.”

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  • dan

    what a suprise. the franchise player left. the guy who they got in return went out with an injury. trade rumors around one of their best locker room guys for a long stretch of the season. uncertain future due to the owner situation. well, at the one hand they owe us nba fans to compete hard because of their salaries. but at the other hand its totally understandable what they are going through from a human standpoint of view. due to all that bull id have a hard time too motivating myself

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    wait, they were trying at some point?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ5LpwO-An4&feature=related Copacabanban

    If I were playing on that Hornet’s. I would quit too.

  • dan

    yup, during the first two games they had their moments ;)

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  • Buujangles

    It’s human nature.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Contraction.

  • Mega

    Human nature says ‘Damn, I’m providing for and protecting ALL of my family for generations. These people pay me very generously to work, I will work very hard, always.’ Defendin these guys in the slightest says a lot about your work own ethic.

  • thetalkingcomb

    They owe to the fans who still support their sorry asses. And Rick Flair! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!1

  • thetalkingcomb

    Ric.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    What Mega said.

  • jay

    Hornets should sign AI to a 10-day deal. Maybe they’ll sell some seats.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Eric Gordon is playing today!

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    His first clue was the bench throwing Mardi Gra beads in the stands during his time out huddles.

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