David West looked at his left arm with a tattoo of a big “X” with the words “My life, my way”… It has been like that most of the time with his career. Nobody can tell him what he cannot do. He always found a way to get to what he wanted. This is how he went through it all… his life… his way.
He knew he would end up a Hornet for life. However, everything changed the moment he fell down after a dunk during their game with the Utah Jazz. He injured the ACL on his left knee with only 22.3 seconds left in regulation. With a looming lockout and with Chris Paul threatening to bolt out, a cloud of uncertainty covered West’s mind.
David opted out of his final contract year to test the waters of free agency. Even with an unreliable left knee, he basically walked away from a guaranteed $7.5 million to look for a bigger contract that could secure not only his career but also his family’s future. This is also an opportunity for him to compete for a championship with a much better team.
The New Orleans Hornets will be in for bigger problems ahead, just as the Nuggets were last season when they were forced to trade their prized forward Carmel Anthony for fear of losing him through free agency without getting something in return. The Hornets are facing the same dilemma with Chris Paul, who could opt out on his final year of his contract.
Without Chris Paul and David West, New Orleans, currently owned by the NBA, is still looking for a potential owner who could make the team financially stable. Currently, a new social e-commerce website called GroupGain is dedicated to shifting power to the consumers instead of corporations. Once it reaches a “critical mass” of a few thousand supporters, they will approach the NBA and an investment bank in making this deal. They are currently in partnership with other charitable institutions like Belle Reve New Orleans and St. Mary’s residential training school. This is becoming a community involvement in saving their team. However, New Orleans will have to do a much bigger task in convincing David to stay.
David West was once an underrated power forward, but now he is the most coveted free agent player going to next season. Teams like Sacramento, Indiana and New Jersey that have more salary caps are really interested in getting West’s services.
David just wants to win…. and the Hornets are dedicated to sign him back. It’s also how New Orleans goes through life—they always find a way to get what they want. It was never a single effort. It was always the community. That’s how it is to win… one group… one city.