Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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NEW ORLEANS ― Only five of the 15 players on the Hornets’ roster were with the team at this point in the season a year ago.
Only five players have played in the NBA for more than three seasons.
Only seven players were with the team when training camp started earlier this month.
And yet, the Hornets began the season with a win, holding Phoenix to 39.5 percent shooting while outrebounding the Suns.
Not bad for a team with such a constantly changing roster that lost its two All-Stars before the first preseason game was even played.
Of course, it helps that second-year coach Monty Williams has dealt with this before.
“It’s par for the course since I’ve been here. It has been nothing but change from day one,” Williams said. “You learn how to adjust on the fly.”
Tonight at 7, the Hornets (1-0) will play Boston (0-2) in their home opener, the first regular season game at the Arena on Girod since the trade of Chris Paul and since forward David West signed elsewhere.
A year ago, the Hornets finished 46-36, attaining a playoff berth in Williams’ first season. They lost to the Lakers in six games.
Now the Hornets must go forward without an owner and without the face of the franchise.
Not that Williams will make any excuses.
“It’s a learning process,” Williams said. “But I’m just not in the business of allowing that to be an excuse. It’s part of life, change. I’m not going to change the fact that things have changed. I’m just going to continue to do my job.”
The Hornets will go with Jarrett Jack at point guard, Eric Gordon at shooting guard, Trevor Ariza at small forward, Carl Landry at power forward and Emeka Okafor at center.