Season in review: Sean Marks

Thursday, April 22, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Sean Marks waited nearly a decade to receive a bona fide opportunity to be an integral contributor to an NBA team. That fact made it easy to feel sympathetic toward the amiable New Zealand native during the 2009-10 season. A year after finally showing that he could be more than a towel-waving, 12th man at the end of the bench, injuries removed any chance for him to build on his surprising 2008-09 season.

The latest season wrap-up article on Marks is the second of 12 player recaps that will appear on Hornets.com in the coming weeks. Marks discusses his outlook within the article, but here are a few additional thoughts from the 6-foot-10 frontcourt reserve, who is entering free agency.

On whether he has considered retirement at age 34:
“I have planned for life after basketball, but right now my number one priority is to rehab (a shoulder injury) and get this thing right. I don’t want to be making drastic changes to what I think I’m going to do in the next year or two based on right now. I want to exhaust all of my options. I’m not one of those guys who’s going to be like, ‘Well, I retired, but I made a mistake – now I really do want to play.’ As long as the competitive juices are still going, I want to be out there. I’m going to listen to what the body is telling me. If I can still get out there and bang around a little bit and have some fun, that’s what it’s all about.”

On playing and living in the city of New Orleans:
“It’s been great. This place is fantastic. Even outside of basketball, the community has been phenomenal. My wife loves it here. I wouldn’t put it past us to make New Orleans home. We love it here. Regardless of whatever happens (in terms of Marks’ future with the Hornets), New Orleans will always be a special place for us.”