"With the Pacers and the Knicks having traded their size, I see the Hornets making a move up this year. They have a lot of big men who are skilled.... Getting P.J. Brown and Jamal Mashburn for Eddie Jones is not a bad swap, considering they were going to lose Jones anyway. Plus they gave up Anthony Mason, which is addition by subtraction. Last year he dominated the ball. With Mason gone, I'm thinking Derrick Coleman might change his act a little bit and have a great year.... I look at Mashburn and wonder if he's getting a little shot-happy from the perimeter. When he was scoring big numbers in Dallas, he was playing more inside and was a much better in-between guy.... Paul Silas must speak softly and carry a big stick at practice, because he doesn't yell a lot during games. He looks like he's trying to call more plays, run more motion this year.... They're deep at every position except the two. Every time I see them I can't help thinking about Bobby I Phills and what a great presence he had on this team."