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Frank Slade
05-08-2006, 09:32 AM
Macijauskas prefers not to return

By Darnell Mayberry
The Oklahoman

Add Arvydas Macijauskas to the growing list of Hornets who would prefer to not return to the team next season.

Macijauskas,the 26-year-old Hornets guard, was quoted in the Lithuanian press as saying, “There is no way I would come back to the Hornets,” according to the Web site HornetsReport.com.

In the article, Macijauskas expresses his frustration with his scarce playing time and alleged lack of communication with Hornets coach Byron Scott.

Macijauskas, playing in his first NBA season after spending nine in Europe, played in only 19 games this season and averaged just 2.3 points in 7.1 minutes. He voiced his displeasure only once during the season.

That came in early December when he told The Oklahoman: “I’m not playing. And the problem is, I want to play, but the situation here isn’t good for me. Not only not playing but not being active. I came here to play. It’s not good for me to sit on the bench. I thought it would be a good fit to play for the Hornets.”

Soon after seeing the reaction those comments received, Macijauskas lightened his stance for the remainder of the season, talking instead about how he preferred to be a team player and help the Hornets in anyway possible.

Apparently, Macijauskas felt more comfortable expressing himself freely in his native country. Asked if he would return to the Hornets next season, Macijauskas responded: “No way. Definitely not.

“Let the club transfer me, I have no wish of coming back there any time again. Even in the case I would be promised the mountains of gold, I see no sense whatsoever in staying with the Hornets. I did not feel as a part of the team for the entire season.” Macijauskas was quoted in the article as saying he was shocked at how the players departed at season’s end without talking to one another or to Scott or his assistants. The Hornets, however, held an afternoon appreciation party for employees one day after the season finale. Exit interviews between Scott and all his players were also scheduled.

“Everybody went home without even saying ‘see you’ to the coaches,” Macijauskas claimed in the article. “Something strange is happening over there. The coaches did not want to communicate with me. When they fired the GM, everything changed radically. B. Scott is doing whatever he pleases.”

It was former general manger Allan Bristow, who technically resigned due to health reasons, who plucked Macijauskas from Europe last July and signed him to a three-year contract.

Scott was unavailable for comment.

Hornets general manager Jeff Bower, who read the article, said he “didn’t put a lot of weight into anything that was said,” adding that Macijauskas was most likely speaking out of frustration.

“We’re not going to overreact to anything,” Bower said. “Obviously, he remains under contract with our team, and that’s just the way it is.

“I’m sure there’s frustration from Arvydas. There was a great deal of expectations from his country placed on him when he came here. You have to deal with that element as well.”

Scott, however, told reporters one day after the season finale that he had met individually with the team’s trio of shooting guards - Macijauskas, Kirk Snyder and J.R. Smith - and informed them that only one would be returning next season.

With all three under contract for at least one more season, the Hornets would have to include the unwanted players in a trade. Snyder, who started 45 games at shooting guard, seems to be the most likely player retained - partly for his play, but perhaps mostly because of his commendable conduct.

With his latest comments, Macijauskas joins the disgruntled Smith on the list of Hornets who would welcome a new start elsewhere. Smith openly clashed with Scott during the season and was quoted just days after the season ended as saying his offseason trade is “automatic.”

Veteran center PJ Brown also said he might seek a trade to a championship-caliber team in hopes of winning a title in what could be his final NBA season next year.


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bulletproof
05-08-2006, 09:39 AM
Veteran center PJ Brown also said he might seek a trade to a championship-caliber team in hopes of winning a title in what could be his final NBA season next year.

Yeah, that always works. Anyone know who's done that successfully?

Anthem
05-08-2006, 10:30 AM
Man, I'd love to make a push for PJ Brown. I don't see us winning a title this year, but it sure would be preferable to Nawlins.

I'm not sure this team needs two European guards, though. Somebody in the backcourt has got to defend.

EDIT: Didn't meant to imply that no guards in Europe defend, because there are obviously some good defensive players in Europe. I just mean that neither of these two guys is a defender.

SoThenRobbieSaid
05-08-2006, 01:24 PM
Hmm...I agree, I like Brown. He's always been a good player, and seems to be a good guy.

I'm not so much surprised by Macijauskas wanting out, but what happened to J.R. Smith? For a while, wasn't he starting for the Hornets? He must have really fallen out of favor with Scott. He's got lots of potential to be a good player in this league. I wonder where he'll end up? I think this will be a decently active off-season; lots of teams (the #8-30 teams) will probably do minor shake ups to roster overhauls. What fun.

Slick Pinkham
05-08-2006, 02:35 PM
JR Smith is reportedly much more interested in making highlight reel dunks than in improving his game. He has a number of issues with shot selection, responding to coaching, and getting along with teammates.

PJ would be a nice backup for a year or two but he is getting old. Mentor to Hulk? Maybe.

Macijauskas?? Who knows. He can shoot. He never played in NO and he looked out of shape. Maybe he would be a nice throw-in as a shooter off the bench, should he develop the proper attitude and work ethic.

Rytas_Jega
05-08-2006, 02:42 PM
Macijauskas?? Who knows. He can shoot. He never played in NO and he looked out of shape. Maybe he would be a nice throw-in as a shooter off the bench, should he develop the proper attitude and work ethic.

Macijauskas never lacked them.

DeS
05-08-2006, 02:57 PM
Macijauskas?? Who knows. He can shoot. He never played in NO and he looked out of shape. Maybe he would be a nice throw-in as a shooter off the bench, should he develop the proper attitude and work ethic.

This is a quote from Scott himsef (before benching Smith):


"I just do what's best for the team," Scott said. "What do I want to see from him? I want to see him practice like Kirk (Snyder) and Arvydas (Macijauskas). His work ethic is not as good as it should be."

Kstat
05-08-2006, 02:59 PM
I think he was talking about JR Smith, not Macas.

DeS
05-08-2006, 03:03 PM
Yes, he was talking about JR Smith pointing out Snyder and Macijauskas having exemplary work ethics.

Slick Pinkham
05-08-2006, 03:18 PM
I know that JR has a notoriously poor work ethic.

Macijauskas I don't know.

To me, at garbage time in the 2 or 3 times I saw him get onto the court, he looked out of shape. I couldn't help but wonder why someone who craves playing time would look like that.

Snyder is the obvious choice for them to keep if Scott is involved in making it.

Kestas
05-08-2006, 03:44 PM
To me, at garbage time in the 2 or 3 times I saw him get onto the court, he looked out of shape.

I think he was simply disinterested (he, reportedly, was waiting to be traided all season long, he did not invite his parents telling them that he will be traded real soon and then they will come visit him) and totally down in terms of motivation or confidence.
on the upside he visibly improved his frame during this year. every local reporter noticed that. however, he had much less time with the ball than he used to have when playing in Europe. therefore he spend a lot of time in the gym.

Pig Nash
05-08-2006, 04:20 PM
I do NOT get this love affair with PJ Brown. What does he bring that Foster and Pollard don't?

Robertmto
05-08-2006, 04:28 PM
I do NOT get this love affair with PJ Brown. What does he bring that Foster and Pollard don't?

Scoring and solid shot-blocking ability.

CableKC
05-08-2006, 04:49 PM
Yeah, that always works. Anyone know who's done that successfully?
He can just sign with the Spurs or join DD in Piston land and get a Championship ring the old fashioned way...average about 5 mpg throughout the season.

Anthem
05-08-2006, 04:51 PM
I do NOT get this love affair with PJ Brown. What does he bring that Foster and Pollard don't?
I really like Pollard, but even if we re-sign him (which I hope we do) do you think we'll get 40 games out of him next year? I sure don't.

PJ Brown is beefier than Foster with a better offensive game.

Pig Nash
05-08-2006, 05:05 PM
I really like Pollard, but even if we re-sign him (which I hope we do) do you think we'll get 40 games out of him next year? I sure don't.

PJ Brown is beefier than Foster with a better offensive game.

Isn't PJ sixty years old too?

Anthem
05-08-2006, 05:47 PM
Isn't PJ sixty years old too?
36, actually.

Look at his games played in the last 13 seasons: 79, 80, 81, 80, 74, 50 (lockout season), 80, 80, 80, 78, 80, 82, 75. He's never missed more than 8 games in a season.

Say he misses twice that this year. He'd still only miss 16 games, which would make him the healthiest guy on our roster.

Young
05-08-2006, 05:50 PM
I don't have to much interest in Macijauskas. I love his shooting but we need some speed in the backcourt badly so he can't help us with that.

JR Smith MIGHT be a ok pickup if we get him for little but I don't like what I hear about his attitude and lack or work ethic.

PJ Brown would help us out. He is expiering and would complament JO nicely.

Pig Nash
05-08-2006, 05:54 PM
I'll believe it when I see it.

Anthem
05-08-2006, 10:20 PM
I'll believe it when I see it.
Yeah, that's what I'm hoping. :D

Jermaniac
05-08-2006, 10:26 PM
JR Smith is reportedly much more interested in making highlight reel dunks than in improving his game. He has a number of issues with shot selection, responding to coaching, and getting along with teammates.

He is like 20 years old, he has time. I would trade Stephen for him fast. But Byron hates Jack.