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    Seeing CP3 for first time as a Clipper in person - random thoughts about NOLA pride

    As somebody who has gone to a lot of Saints / Hornets away games over the years, there's really a special feeling of kinship and love for your team when you see them in a hostile environment. Specifically, when you see Drew Brees in the shotgun on a crucial 3rd down and the entire stadium is standing and screaming against your team. You kind of well up with pride - "C'mon Drew... c'mon Marques... ya'll got this! Shut these ****** up!". If you've never experienced this feeling I'd strongly encourage you to plan a road trip for a huge Saints road game in the next couple of years. It's a very unique and surreal experience. You kind of feel like "wow - this is real. These fans want to see Drew Brees get killed right now!" It makes you feel like you're a part of this team in a way that you can't match by going to only home games or just watching on TV.

    I used to feel that way about CP3/DX/TC, and the Hornets during our 1.5 year run when I'd see them play in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio (I still lived in NOLA and only made closer away games then). To see CP3 doing his thing in a raucous away arena where people booed his flops and chanted "bullsh_t" when he was taking his free throws also made me well with NOLA pride.

    I miss that feeling with the Hornets - I guess it is a special thing that you don't ALWAYS have at away games... It only comes when you have a deep bond with your team and the players. A month or so ago when I saw the Hornets here I felt kind of empty. I even met AD23's father at halftime and talked for 10 minutes with him... Still not really any investment yet - Even with the League Pass, the watching every game, the Hornets247 podcasts on my long drives, the 2012 Lottery drawing still on my DVR... I feel like I'm paying my dues right now - knowing that the payoff will come in a couple of years down the road...I guess my point is that it's going to be awesome when we (or at least I - it hasn't happened for me yet) start to feel that way about this team - about Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers and (hopefully one day) even about Eric Gordon. Yeah he's a wuss but he's OUR wuss, you know? I even felt a kinship to the Baron Davis Hornets that I don't feel to this team yet.

    Sorry for the long soap opera - I guess I'm just curious about how I'll feel tonight in Milwaukee seeing Chris Paul in opposing colors for the first time in person. It's probably going to be surreal - like seeing Drew Brees wearing a Vikings uniform or something one day. How did the rest of you feel when you saw him as a Clipper for the first time in person?
    Last edited by WisconsinHornet; 12-15-2012 at 04:28 PM.
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    I actually COMPLETELY understand what you mean. I have been on the road, in a hostile environment and remember thinking the same thing. "Come on Drew just shut these people up". Also, as far as seeing CP3 in a clipper uniform for the first time, it was at the Hive last year, and it was very weird. I didnt care that he left, I knew it was coming, but to actually SEE him disecting our defense, and legitimately trying to beat us....it hurt a little bit. That all went away when Blake Griffin got tackled and Jason Smith got ejected though. From then on he was just an enemy that I absolutely loved to hate, with the rest of the Clippers team.

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    Wow - sorry nobody ****ing liked my poignant *** thread.

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    Maybe it was because most people don't agree with not feeling attached to the team?

    I for one have a great deal of attachment. After CP3 left it looked very bleak, but AD and Ryno have refreshed my belief in the Hornets.

    If only Eric Gordon could play, we'd be a scary team.

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    I don't know about scary, but we'd be competitive. This is a rebuild. It will take time with or without Gordon.

    "I don't know if people know I dislocated my pinkie finger. And [Tyreke] told me, 'You wanna go home or you wanna be here?' I want to be here. And he said, 'All right, then go tape it up and let's play. Let's go. We not stoppin' at no stores. Straight gas. That's what we do, just keep going.'"


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    Quote Originally Posted by BallSoHard View Post
    I don't know about scary, but we'd be competitive. This is a rebuild. It will take time with or without Gordon.
    No team in the playoff hunt would want to see us at full strength. That's what I was trying to get at.

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