New Orleans head coach Byron Scott and James Posey (AP Photos)
The New Orleans Hornets introduced James Posey to the local media Wednesday. Decked out in a purple-striped shirt and matching Hornet-hued tie, Posey told reporters: "I just want to contribute as best I can. At the end of the day, this is what you work hard for."
Swingman James Posey, the Hornets' primary free-agent acquisition, was introduced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, saying he was excited for the opportunity to join a team ready to turn the corner.
"I just want to contribute as best I can," Posey said, wearing one of his two championship rings. "At the end of the day, this is what you work hard for."
A nine-year veteran who played a critical role in the Boston Celtics' NBA championship this season, Posey signed a four-year, $25 million deal with the Hornets.
Initially, Posey, 6 foot 8, 217 pounds, will provide bench strength for the Hornets, a role that could eventually grow into a starting position.
Posey averaged 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds a game for the Celtics in the regular season last year and 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in the postseason. As the man he will primarily back up with New Orleans, David West, Posey attended Xavier University in Cincinnati. He is a native of Cleveland.
He has won NBA titles with the Celtics and Miami Heat.
"We're getting that much closer to bringing a ring here; it's getting realistic," said Hornets executive Chad Shinn.
Posey said he felt the Hornets are poised to make a title run.
"I saw some of the games against San Antonio (in the Western Conference semifinals), it's right there," Posey said of the Hornets playoff chances. "There's a great young core, guys who compete. And that's what you want, to play with guys who compete. At tne end of the day, it's all about winning.
"Whatever Coach (Byron Scott) asks of me, I'll do the best I can, do what it takes to win games."