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docpaul
01-27-2007, 06:30 PM
http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/features/rumors

Season Over?
Jan 27 - The New Orleans Hornets are conceding that the popular ex-King might be finished for 2006-07, raising the fear that Peja Stojakovic will never reclaim his past Sacramento form. Coach Byron Scott put the return of his starting small forward as a "might," and when asked if Stojakovic is done for the season, said, "I think that's a realistic possibility. I think you've got to be prepared for that. In Peja's situation, you have to be prepared for the worst." -- Sacramento Bee (http://www.sacbee.com/100/story/114351.html)

Stojakovic, who stayed in Oklahoma City while the Hornets played his former team, told Scott he plans to return this season. His rehabilitation is going well, Scott said, though Stojakovic has been getting frustrated because, "we keep a real tight leash on what he does. They don't want to overdo it." -- New Orleans Times-Picayune (http://www.nola.com/sports/t-p/index.ssf?/base/sports-28/1169882032214980.xml&coll=1&thispage=2)


Think about it, not only is Peja potentially gone for the rest of the season, but theoretically could become a shell of his former self. Would have killed us if we still had him aboard.

Then on top of it to think that we got a 7.5mm trade exception for him as well. Given the circumstances, Pacers came out of the Artest situation as well as could be expected.

FireTheCoach
01-27-2007, 06:47 PM
Pejas had a great team during his run... I loved watching him shoot the ball back in the day, but he's done.

The Kings knew he was finished.... I realized it too when he didn't play in the playoffs last year.

I gotta give Peja a lot of respect though, he was a high level player in his prime. I enjoyed watching him play.

FrenchConnection
01-27-2007, 06:49 PM
How long until v_d_g responds to this?

Tick...tick...tick... I'm waiting.

JayRedd
01-27-2007, 07:06 PM
Guy was definitely one of the 5 best shooters I've ever seen.

Anthem
01-27-2007, 07:23 PM
Hate to be crass, but...

Called it.

Quis
01-27-2007, 07:48 PM
I never liked Peja, he had no heart for basketball. Now he gets paid millions to sit, which I'm sure makes him happy.

rexnom
01-27-2007, 08:22 PM
I hated how he left us out to dry in the playoffs but I loved his game overall. If we could have had Peja in his prime right now out there with Danny, I would like that very much.

Evan_The_Dude
01-27-2007, 09:45 PM
I just want to see the people respond that wanted him to stay here so badly.

lumber man
01-27-2007, 09:50 PM
I just want to see the people respond that wanted him to stay here so badly.i'm not one of the ones who was broken hearted when he left. but, i'm sure the ones that wanted him to stay badly didn't think that there was a chance that he wouldn't be playing.

Unclebuck
01-27-2007, 10:32 PM
I predicted over the summer that Peja had a lot of wear and tear on him - that he was older than his actual age.

Roaming Gnome
01-27-2007, 10:45 PM
When you start playing pro ball in your early to mid teen years...You will get old in a HURRY! Dealing with Peja was like a game of musical chairs...The Hornets just didn't have a chair when the music stopped.

avoidingtheclowns
01-28-2007, 01:04 AM
i wanted him to stay, but not for the price. i figured at limited minutes for somewhere a little higher than the vet minimum, he would have been a great bit of shooting off the bench. but as i said, given the price, no way... i knew he was reaching the twilight but he played very well for us in his short time (til the playoffs, but hey, really AJ showed up to play jersey no many others)

3rdStrike
01-28-2007, 01:20 AM
I'm glad they didn't waste money on a one dimensional, injury prone, heart lacking cap killer like him.

I was horrified when they traded Artest for him, afraid they might actually be dumb enough to re-sign this guy...

owl
01-28-2007, 09:26 AM
I believe that after all the pain this orgnanization went through with the Artest
fiasco and Jacksons antics that the tide has finally turned and good
fortune has found the Pacers. Getting DG and Shawne Williams and not being
stuck with Peja and his huge contract and injuries, moving Jackson(thank you),
almost all the bad taste is gone from my mouth. It was to the point I would not
watch the Pacers anymore. But adding Murphy and Dunleavy with Ike it
icing on the cake. These Pacers are fun to watch again and may end up being the best team since the ABA days. I know some will say I am getting carried away but I see something special possibly happening with this team. Carlisle is
the perfect coach for this collection of players and vice versa. They are almost
all team oriented guys and is that fun to watch.
What has happened to bring us to this point is a combination of wise decisions
and providence. TPTB deserve credit, just like they deserved criticism for the
previous moves that started the downfall.