Recently SLAM Magazine’s Chris Haynes sat down for an interview with NBA Forward Carl Landry. A lot of juicy quotes from this one and props to Chris (Haynes…) for grabbing an interview with him.
To preface, I really like Carl Landry. I love his post-game, his midrange game, his toughness and his competitivness. I think he fits in really well with the Hornets and I hope he sees that too (even though it doesn’t sound like he’s keen on coming back).
However Carl doesn’t sound like he’s legitimately considering a return to the Bayou, for whatever reason it remains to be seen. He does like the sound of Portland though…
“I think I can fit in with Portland,” Landry told SLAMonline. “They’re in need of a big post presence down low. I’m not taking anything away from [Greg] Oden and [Marcus] Camby. I just know what I can provide. The Blazers are a good team and I know I can help. I really like Portland,” said Landry.” I’m good friends with Greg Oden, and Wes Matthews is from Wisconsin like me. There are a lot of ties there and I have no doubt that I would blend in fine.”
He goes on to discuss his time in New Orleans as being a good winning situation.
“David West and Chris Paul were great to me,” said Landry. “New Orleans brought me to a winning situation. For that, I’m very thankful.”
Being thankful is a nice sentiment, but if you read between the lines “thanking” someone in the NBA is another way of saying you’re moving on. I don’t know whether that’s because he doesn’t think he’ll get a contract here, whether he doesn’t like the Hornets prospects of keeping Chris Paul or that he doesn’t like our ownership situation. To me he’s mentally (and actually physically) checked out of New Orleans which really sucks because he’s a terrific player.
Hopefully when the lockout is over and when free-agency commences Dell Demps can convince him to return. I don’t like our chances though when he’s thinking about the Blazers, Pacers and Bucks.