View Full Version : Jamal Mashburn's career looks to be over

09-25-2004, 09:20 PM
Final buzzer set to go off for Mashburn
Saturday, September 25, 2004
John DeShazier

The Jamal Mashburn-New Orleans Hornets saga is coming to an end, as Mashburn's troublesome right knee pushes him further out of the Hornets' plans and possibly into retirement.
That's a double blow to the Hornets because the franchise can't realistically hope to trade him for young talent and won't have his offense to count on every night, a problem for a team that struggled to score last season.

Barring an exam that shows major improvement, Mashburn likely will be placed on the injured list next week, the precursor to sitting out the season and maybe the first step to his departure from the NBA.
Obviously, if Mashburn couldn't walk around Disney World without experiencing pain and swelling this summer, it's unlikely he can run and jump well enough to be a productive NBA player this winter and spring.

Mashburn says he has no cartilage in his knee, and there's no remedy for bone-on-bone, other than tolerating the pain. Anyone who has walked on such legs -- or knows someone who has -- wouldn't recommend it.

Good riddance, you say? Maybe. Depending on whom you ask, Mashburn is independent or standoffish, selfish or a go-to player. He isn't going to be the life of anyone's party; teammates he truly considers friends were few and far between.
But isolation, at best a misdemeanor, became a felony when applied to Mashburn. Last season, when he rehabbed in Miami away from the team, teammates complained and steamed behind his back.
The act that cast a shadow over the playoffs, and stained Mashburn's four-year playing career with the Hornets, came in Miami. Mashburn, who was not on the postseason roster but traveled with the team, was banished for detrimental conduct. His allegation, that the organization had misdiagnosed his injuries, was more than the team was willing to stomach.
Still, new head coach Byron Scott and new general manager Allan Bristow offered an olive branch upon their appointments: Mashburn was welcome to return, the slate would be wiped clean; he'd be given every opportunity to fit into Scott's uptempo attack and would be a valuable commodity in the half-court set.

After all, love him or hate him, 21 points a night, which is what Mashburn averaged with the Hornets, is 21 points a night. Most NBA players don't score that much in two or three games, let alone average it.
Those 21 points will have to be replaced.
He won't be around to kick or blame this season, and possibly never again.

The problem for the Hornets is that Mashburn's salary -- he is owed almost $20 million over the next two seasons, not including an option for a third year -- counts against the salary cap. If Mashburn cannot play, the Hornets have an insurance policy that will absorb most of the financial blow, but the team won't have that cap space to spend on other players unless majority owner George Shinn decides to exceed the cap and pay the NBA's stiff luxury tax in the process.
Mashburn, an All-Star forward, is scheduled to have another MRI exam next week. But unless the knee is substantially better, which seems unlikely, he will land on the injured list. He could stay there all year, he could return, he could be traded, he could retire. Who knows? No one will close the door. Each side will talk about the importance of Mashburn healing and continue to raise the possibility of a comeback with the Hornets.
But the fact is, both sides know such a resurrection is unlikely.


Lord Helmet
09-25-2004, 09:26 PM
Thats sad.How old is he?

09-25-2004, 09:32 PM
They will need a SF now.

Artest for Mags?

Oh purty please.

09-25-2004, 10:52 PM
They will need a SF now.

Artest for Mags?

Oh purty please.

whats worse, having a gap at SF or having a gap at C?:laugh:

09-25-2004, 10:54 PM
I've never been a huge mashburn fan.

I can't say that he was ever a bad person, but he was always a bad TEAMATE. He never really understood how to co-exist with the other 11 guys on his team.

In that sense, the sooner Mashburn is gone from the NBA, the better,

09-25-2004, 11:01 PM
I like Jamal; I hope it's not all over for him, but I hope he enjoyed himself and was wise with his earnings.

09-25-2004, 11:30 PM
Actually, I'd probably rather have a gap at SF than a gap at C. C is much harder to fill.

09-25-2004, 11:33 PM
Actually, I'd probably rather have a gap at SF than a gap at C. C is much harder to fill.

I agree completely.

09-25-2004, 11:35 PM
Actually, I'd probably rather have a gap at SF than a gap at C. C is much harder to fill.

That was my point. I was explaining why New Orleans wouldnt do this deal.

09-25-2004, 11:38 PM
Ah, make it Ron/Jeff for Magloire and someone they don't want anymore that might be remotely useful, like one of their old big men. Jeff would fit in great there, with Scott coaching, I think.

09-26-2004, 05:44 PM
Ron/Jeff for Magloire/Armstrong...
Darrell Would be a HUGE lift off the bench for us. He'd spark our second unit. With him fred jones,bender, croshere...man that would be a lineup!

09-26-2004, 05:54 PM
Armstrong can really play some D, if he can play for us, and isn't too old I would like that deal so much. However, wasn't armstrong injured a lot last year?

09-26-2004, 08:46 PM
Armstrong is on his last leg, his very last leg. He is a high energy player who is getting old very fast, very fast. Nothing worse than that combo and add into it that he is a small point guard. No thanks.

And I would not do a Magloire for Artest deal, and no way would I do a Magloire & Armstrong for Artest and Foster.

09-27-2004, 02:10 AM
That's because you are insane.:angel:

I'd do Artest for Magloire so fast you wouldn't even know the trade happened.

My God, you are not going to get better than that for Ron (probably).

09-30-2004, 07:44 AM
well, it's pretty much official, mashburn is done. i saw on msn that he will miss the season. and i don't think the knee will get any better. you can stick a fork in him - he's done.