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Hornets-Mavs pregame

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:57 pm •  Published: December 14, 2007

DALLAS — Just got out of the locker rooms for both the Hornets and Mavs. As for the game, Peja and Morris Peterson are both playing. That’s should help the Hornets.

Coach Byron Scott was asked if he misses Oklahoma and had this to say.

“Not right now. Not with that storm they got over there.”

He later went on to talk about how he loves the state and still calls all the time because his daughter still lives in the state.  He said he called her this afternoon…..”I love the city of Oklahoma City,” Scott said. “The people treated us extremely well. And that’s something that we’re never going to forget.”

Coach Scott was always one to speak his mind about things. He said crowd support, or lack thereof, matters. As for the players, not many of them wanted to touch the attendance situation in New Orleans. Some said is doesn’t matter. Some admitted that it is a factor.

Peja did bring up what seemed to be a good point about professional athletes being locked in once the ball is thrown up and everything that’s not on the court is a blur. It sounds feasible, but obviously unless you’ve played the game you don’t know if it’s true.

I’ll be writing about the attendance topic for The Oklahoman in the next few days, and the article will have more quotes from Byron Scott and the players regarding their attendance situation this season.

I also got a chance to speak with Brandon Bass a minute ago. I’m working on an article on him as well. But he’s having his best season in his three-year career. He was always a easy-going guy and pretty much fun-loving. But he looked so much happier to be getting significant playing time.

I didn’t see Chris Paul before the game, but talked to most of his teammates about the season he’s having. They all said he’s grown and matured since last year and the proof is in his game. I’m looking forward to seeing him play tonight. He’s scored 29 points or more in four of the past five games and recorded 10 assists or more in three of the past five. Entering tonight’s game C.P. is averaging career-highs of 21.5 points and 10 assists to go with 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 steals.

 -DM-

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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