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As the New Orleans Hornets ready themselves for their third season, its status as a bonafide NBA city remains unclear. Last year attendance dropped by 5 percent, as nearly 1,000 season ticket holders did not renew.

In attempts to remedy the decline, the franchise's marketing department has worked to assist the city embrace the Hornets. They have run more TV and radio commercials targeting a youthful demographic recently, and implemented a network of regional sales offices aimed at fans from Biloxi, Miss., to Baton Rouge.

"This is a key season for us," Hornets COO Jack Capella said. "We know the league is watching. I don't know that they are looking at it to see whether basketball can make it in this city, but they are certainly expecting us to perform better than we have in the first two years."

There is reason to be optimistic as the Hornets will shift into the Western Conference, meaning more games with high profile teams such as the Lakers, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Kings and Spurs.




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Next stop: St. Louis...



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    Originally posted by Kawshen
    There is reason to be optimistic as the Hornets will shift into the Western Conference, meaning more games with high profile teams such as the Lakers, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Kings and Spurs.







Unfortunately, that also means more losses to high profile teams such as the Lakers, Nuggets, T-Wolves, Rockets, Kings and Spurs. If the Hornets struggled in the East last year, what chance do they have in the Western Conference, let alone the Division of Death? Mexico City Hornets has a nice sound.

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    Originally posted by Grimis
    Next stop: St. Louis...


Excuse me while I groan.



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"It's the late '70s again, minus the coke (and, weirdly, minus the scoring)."

Chuck Klosterman on todays NBA, from the face-off column with Bill Simmons.
    Originally posted by Grimis
    Next stop: St. Louis...


How about Las Vegas?

I doubt Stern would want one there though due to the gambling.



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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

"It actually got to a point where it became difficult for me to NOT think about Wang, for my thoughts were filled with visions of Wang." (CRZ)


RSN: Minor detail. Who WOULDN'T struggle in the NBA with Tim Floyd as your coach?

Nets fans, please do chime in on Byron Scott. Struggle they will, but because of their division, not their problems from last season.



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"It's the late '70s again, minus the coke (and, weirdly, minus the scoring)."

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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
      Originally posted by Grimis
      Next stop: St. Louis...


    Excuse me while I groan.


Why the groan Stagger? The Hornets are a pretty decent team with some good players. It's not like it's the Hawks returning to St. Louis.



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I think Tim Floyd gets a bum rap because he was the guy who followed Phil Jackson into the United Center. In no less than two games against the Pacers, Floyd's expert coaching gave the Hornets a shot directly underneath the basket in crucial game situations-- including one that would have won the game. It's not Floyd's fault that both of those shots missed.

I think the real problem is their freakin' owner, eh?



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    RSN: Minor detail. Who WOULDN'T struggle in the NBA with Tim Floyd as your coach?



Phil Jackson wouldn't have been able to do anything with that team that Floyd got.


    As the New Orleans Hornets ready themselves for their third season, its status as a bonafide NBA city remains unclear. Last year attendance dropped by 5 percent, as nearly 1,000 season ticket holders did not renew.

    In attempts to remedy the decline, the franchise's marketing department has worked to assist the city embrace the Hornets. They have run more TV and radio commercials targeting a youthful demographic recently, and implemented a network of regional sales offices aimed at fans from Biloxi, Miss., to Baton Rouge.



I don't know what the numbers are across the board, but the NBA is really pricing themselves out of their target demographic. I certainly can't afford to go to more than one or two games a year if that.






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    Originally posted by Tony Stewart

      RSN: Minor detail. Who WOULDN'T struggle in the NBA with Tim Floyd as your coach?



    Phil Jackson wouldn't have been able to do anything with that team that Floyd got.


I think he meant the Hornets. The Bulls were a lost cause that year, and every year after.



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You wanted the best, you got... Out of Context Quote of the Week.

"It actually got to a point where it became difficult for me to NOT think about Wang, for my thoughts were filled with visions of Wang." (CRZ)


    Originally posted by Whitebacon
      Originally posted by Tony Stewart

        RSN: Minor detail. Who WOULDN'T struggle in the NBA with Tim Floyd as your coach?



      Phil Jackson wouldn't have been able to do anything with that team that Floyd got.


    I think he meant the Hornets. The Bulls were a lost cause that year, and every year after.


Yup. The Bulls were screwed, but the Hornets had good players. Then they ended up practically coaching themselves.



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Move 'em to Virginia Beach. That's where I'm moving in about two weeks, and I need to have an NBA team around me or I'll go mad.

Of course, my love will always be with the Pacers.



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