Hornets’ Vasquez Thriving in Starting Role
To grasp the amount of confidence that New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams had in Greivis Vasquez before this season, consider that Williams signed off on the team trading Jarrett Jack to Golden State in July in order to create an opportunity for the former all-American from the University of Maryland.
“We had no idea he’d be as good as he’d be,” Williams said of Vasquez, a former All-Met at Montrose Christian in Rockville.
“I was like, ‘This is my shot.’ Timing is everything,” Vasquez said. “Jarrett Jack got me better. I used to go to practice thinking, ‘I have to go at his neck.’ He was going at me. At times he was killing me and it got me better to the point that I’m having the season I’m having right now. But I would trade some of my individual success for more wins. Because my rookie year, I experienced being in the playoffs and I want to get back to that.”