Big Easy Buzz Blog - May 26, 2009

Chandler, Posey undergo successful procedures

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer,
Hornets center Tyson Chandler and Hornets forward James Posey both underwent successful procedures recently.

Chandler had a procedure performed on his left ankle to relieve inflammation. In addition, he also had a procedure done on his left toe to improve function. Both procedures were performed in New York City. Posey had a corrective procedure performed on his right knee in Miami.

Both players will be fully recovered prior to training camp.

Daniels acquisition didn’t go as expected

As one of the NBA’s premier players – finishing fifth in the MVP vote this season – Chris Paul will probably always play a significant number of minutes. He totaled 3,002 minutes in 2008-09, the 12th-most in the league.

Still, coming off a hectic summer of 2008 in which he won an Olympic gold medal, one of the team’s primary objectives was to give him more rest. It didn’t happen. For the third straight year, Paul’s playing time increased. He averaged 38.5 minutes per game, eighth-most in the NBA.

When New Orleans acquired Antonio Daniels through a trade, I believed the days of CP3 frequently playing 40-plus minutes had ended. In comparison to several of Paul’s previous backups, Daniels was more experienced and more battle-tested. Unfortunately for the Hornets, it didn’t work out that way.

Shortly after he arrived in New Orleans, Daniels told me he would be content to play “15 minutes or so a night.” He ended up averaging just 12 minutes, despite unexpectedly starting four games.

It will be interesting to see what happens in 2009-10. From a long-term standpoint, Paul cannot continue to play such extensive minutes. Perhaps the biggest objective for Daniels and the second unit next season will be ensuring that the drop-off in play is not so drastic that Paul must be rushed back into even early-season games.