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New Orleans Hornets Bringing Back Chris Kaman: Fan Reaction
After publicly announcing they were trying to trade Chris Kaman, the New Orleans Hornets are reportedly bringing him back to the team. While New Orleans was trying to trade Kaman, the center had been excused from all Hornets activities, including games and practices.
Apparently, the Hornets found that trading Kaman was not an easy task. Although the experienced seven-footer would seemingly be an attractive addition to a contender that needed help under the basket, Kaman has struggled at times in New Orleans. I'm sure Kaman's one year, $13.8 million contract raised a few eyebrows as well.
On many levels, I don't like the way New Orleans handled the Kaman trade. First, by telling Kaman to stay home while they tried to trade him, the Hornets went public with the fact that they wanted to move him. Now that the trade hasn't happened, Kaman obviously has to come back to New Orleans to earn his pay.
Now that he is back with the Hornets, how does Kaman feel about New Orleans? This reminds me of Lamar Odom's reaction after David Stern killed the Chris Paul trade version 1.0. Odom's feelings were so hurt that he demanded a trade out of Los Angeles. I'm not excusing such diva-like behavior by millionaires. But it is a reality in the NBA.
Will Chris Kaman feel the same way about the Hornets? Probably not. Kaman had been with the Hornets for about five minutes and was not invested in New Orleans. Still, it's human nature to want to feel appreciated. I would probably be upset if my employer no longer wanted my services.
For the Hornets to have taken the extraordinary step of telling Kaman to stay home while they tried to trade him, New Orleans should have been 100% sure that a trade was imminent. Quite frankly, this was a major faux pas from a Hornets front office (Dell Demps, not David Stern) that has usually done the right thing for New Orleans.
Night after night, the Hornets play hard and lose close games. The thread that is holding the Hornets team together is fraying at the edges. What will a disgruntled Chris Kaman do to the locker room chemistry of the fragile Hornets? It's just one more black eye on David Stern's ownership of the New Orleans Hornets.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in the New Orleans Arena the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals.
Brett Martel, "AP Source: Kaman returning to Hornets soon," yahoo.com
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