Perhaps of even greater concern down the road for New Orleans, while the Eastern Conference has a few teams such as Detroit, New York and Philadelphia that are neither highly competitive nor youthful, nearly every club in the West is either a current contender or building around a talented, young core. Teams such as Oklahoma City and Memphis, for example, only figure to get better as their relatively inexperienced key players approach their primes.
The current competitive structure of the West means its possible the Hornets may need to improve by at least 10 to 15 wins next season just to contend for a playoff spot, let alone be in the hunt for a top-four seed.
Its about beating the teams that you should beat, and maybe breaking even against (elite teams), James Posey said of improving next season to a level that might be playoff-worthy. You see that 40-something wins is not going to get you in, especially in the West. In the East, you always have that chance (of qualifying). But the West is built differently. You've got to bring it every night. There are no nights off."
I think any time you have a year like we had, obviously you have to look at the roster, David West said. Because what we had this year wasnt good enough to stay in the hunt even with the injuries. I think thats the only thing you look at in terms of improving the roster. I dont think anyone can know what will happen in terms of what the team will look like next year.
I dont think anyone can feel like they are untouchable. This is the NBA. This is a business first. In order for your business to do well, you have to have a good product on the floor. What we had this year wasnt good enough, regardless of injuries. You have to look at everybody. You have to figure out what direction the team is going, and go from there.
The people who are in charge of the organization have to do whats best for the organization, just like we as players have to do what we can in order to be as successful as possible.