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8 New Orleans Hornets
Gene Menez
October 29, 2007
The recovery of their three-point shooter has them thinking postseason
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October 29, 2007

8 New Orleans Hornets

The recovery of their three-point shooter has them thinking postseason

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RPG: 12.4

APG: 0.9

SPG: 0.51

BPG: 1.77

FG%: 62.4

FT%: 52.7

KEY BENCH PLAYERS: G-F Rasual Butler, G Bobby Jackson, F Julian Wright (R), C Hilton Armstrong, G Jannero Pargo *New acquisition (R) Rookie

Record: 39-43 (10th in West) Points scored: 95.5 (25th in NBA) Points allowed: 97.1 (10th) Coach: Byron Scott (fourth season with Hornets)


Night after night last winter, Peja Stojakovic watched his new team lose. By 21 to the Warriors. By 24 to the Pistons. By 35 to the Spurs. So the former All-Star swingman did the only thing he could do: flipped off the set and went to bed.

Out for all but the first 13 games because of back surgery, Stojakovic took in eight weeks' worth of Hornets games lying on his living room floor. Once he could sit in a chair for more than two hours, he was cleared to travel with the team, but he never returned to the lineup. "That's a season I don't want to remember," says Stojakovic, 30, who joined the Hornets in July 2006 after signing a five-year, $64 million contract as a free agent. "It was the hardest season of my professional career."

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