Why Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli Are Exactly What NOLA Needs

August 12th, 2010 by Matt Gelfand Leave a reply »

At this point, I feel like any change is good change.

New Orleans is a team that needed to make moves. They currently have the best point guard in the NBA on their roster, and they couldn't have entered this season sporting basically the same exact lackluster team they ended the 2009-2010 season with. 

Progress would not have been made. Ticket sales would have dipped.  I would have gotten bored.   

So, as a Hornets fan who watched the bumbling Hornets brass shell out absurd amounts of cash to nearly washed-up players like Peja Stojakovic and James Posey years ago, it's somewhat cathartic to see them grab two players entering their respective primes. 

Adding Trevor Ariza and Marco Belinelli instantly changes the landscape of this team, it makes them watchable again. 

Their playoff aspirations have been renewed and their starting five solidified.  And I have to believe a few more moves are in the works before November. Perhaps finding a new backup PG and a legitimate backup C (Why couldn't they have just held onto Cole Aldrich?). 

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