Drastic role change for Peterson in 2008-09

Thursday, May 28, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

A pair of injuries, along with the unanticipated emergence of Rasual Butler, combined to alter Morris Peterson’s role on the Hornets from starter to sporadic substitute. Peterson missed six games in November to a knee injury, and later was out for 22 consecutive games due to a left foot sprain.

I remember first meeting Mo Pete when he was a member of the Toronto Raptors and I was working on a feature article for HOOP Magazine on one of his teammates, Chris Bosh. Peterson has always been one of the most accommodating players in the NBA, part of the reason why he became extremely popular among Raptors fans. When Peterson signed with New Orleans in the summer of 2007, I received a significant number of e-mails from Toronto fans who wanted to wish Peterson good luck with his new team.

Peterson started all 76 games he appeared in during the 2007-08 season, but only nine last season – and none after Nov. 15. On the strength of the most consistent year of his career, Butler moved into the first unit on Nov. 19 and never gave up the spot the rest of the season.