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Old 06-18-2009, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default Even in offseason, life hectic for CP3

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Chris Paul is well aware of two things -- the Hornets are in the NBA business to win championships, and his team is sitting home watching the NBA Finals.

So the star Hornets point guard anticipates some potential personnel changes this offseason, waiting for the answers to what the draft holds and how free agency plays out.

"In this league, you never know what's going to happen," Paul said Saturday morning outside the New Orleans Arena, where he and his family handed out hurricane preparedness kits as part of the CP3 Foundation. "It's a business. Contracts are up and different things like that.

"It's going to be interesting to see what happens. . . . We obviously didn't win a championship this year, so there may be some changes made. We know we've just got to get better."

Paul said he has spent plenty of time already this offseason talking with Coach Byron Scott and teammate James Posey on what direction the Hornets should go in after bowing out in the first round of the playoffs in April.

The goal for the team is to be playing this time next season, Paul said, but he couldn't come up with specific on-court solutions. Eventually, he pointed the finger at himself.

"I think (there's a need to improve) just all around," Paul said. "It was such an up-and-down season for us. A lot of people would say that just our bench needs to get better. We all have to get better as a collective unit. Definitely our bench has to get stronger. Our first unit, we get down in a lot of games early, so I say it starts with me."

Paul said the Hornets have a "great" starting five when he, David West, Rasual Butler, Peja Stojakovic and Tyson Chandler are on the floor together. Yet there has been plenty of trade chatter involving the Hornets since the season ended with Paul being the only Hornets player not on the market.


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