Posted on: December 6, 2010 12:20 am
First things first, I won't gripe too much about the on court product which has been atrocious for the last ten or so games, I mainly want to talk about the collective issue concerning the team from a business standpoint. As has been reported (and as Hornets fans knew about as early as Thursday night), the only owner the team has ever known, George Shinn, eventually decided to sell the team to the NBA today in an effort to just rid himself of the franchise. All things considered, Shinn has been wanting to get rid of this team for a long time. He and Louisiana native Gary Chouest, the team's minority owner at a 35% share, announced in April that a deal was finalized between the two. A couple weeks later, Chouest, who owns and opperates an offshore oil business, saw the BP Oil Spill put a huge dip into his product and, as a result, started having reservations about the job. Soon enough, the New York Times reported that the deal would never happen. The New Orleans based Time-Picayune immediately refuted that, and nothign else was heard of until Friday not when Chouest announced that he was pulling out of the deal.
Now Shinn, on the other hand, successfully survived a bout with prostate cancer and has since tried to sell the team to Chouest to do whatever else he wants to do for the rest of his life. Because Chouest backed out of the deal, citing the impending NBA lockout as the huge reason why he wanted to back out, Shinn, desperate to get the team off his hands, decided to sell the team to the league. David Stern found an executive with the NHL's Minnesota Wild to opperate the team while they try to bridge a cell to a prospective owner, but the prospects overall in New Orleans don't look solid.
As has also been reported, and frequently whined about on my behalf for the better part of three seasons, the attendance in New Orleans sucks. Basically, the NBA kind of forced the Hornets to return to New Orleans, saw horrible attendance followed by great attendance in the postseason, and agreed on a deal where if the Hornets maintained an average attendace above 14,000, then the Hornets would stay at the New Orleans Arena through 2014. However, if the attendance didn't meet that requirement by January, the Hornets could file for relocation by March. It's really tricky considering that the attendance numbers are taken during football season and this early in the season as well. All in all, I don't like the way that's drawn up. But facts are facts and the way it stands, the NBA themselves can choose in the forthcoming weeks if they want to opt out of their lease in New Orleans.
Now, this isn't a guarantee that the Hornets are leaving New Orleans. David Stern is commited to keeping the team in New Orleans, or at least he has said so outwardly for the past five years, and there's still strong rumors that the NBA will simply hold on to the team until Chouest decides to reemerge as a candidate to purchase the franchise. But there's a lot of uncertainty. Fans in Seattle immediately have talked, but they must have forgotten that Key Arena still sucks and they didn't want to build a new arena to keep the Supersonics there, and after seeing how Charlotte has handled the Bobcats since the Hornets originally left there, I'm not sure Stern wants to replace one of his franchise to put one back in Seattle. Early indications are, obviously, that if a deal isn't reached to keep the team in New Orleans, then someone will purcahse the team and move them to Kansas City. Which I'd be more inclined to accept, as I'm a Hornets fan. I'm not a Seattle Supersonics fan.
Basically, the team is left at the hands of the owners. It's easy to say that it's in the owner's best interest for the Hornets to completely suck and therefore trade away all their superstars, but that's only partly the case. That would also be assuming that every owner in the league cares about winning. When Oklahoma City was looking to take Seattle originally, only two owners voted against it. One was Seattle's own Paul Allen and the other was Mark Cuban (who felt Oklahoma City was in Dallas' market). Owners basically make more cash if the teams are all in huge markets, something New Orleans obviously isn't. All that said, they'll basically sell the team to the highest bidder, who will be free to take the team wherever he wants.
As a last statement, this basically destroys the Hornets season. The great start hasn't been followed by any encouraging on court play as of late, but any hope of the team getting better via trade is finished. They're under the luxury tax now, and there's no chance that David Stern or the league agrees to pay the luxury tax and allow the Hornets to use trade exceptions or even some of the expiring contracts on the team (Marcus Banks, Willie Green, etc.) to get better. The Hornets will basically stay as they are, or make minor moves that will keep them under the luxury tax. There will be no moves being made to get better. Not this season, and not until a new owner comes in either.
I mainly wanted to get this off my chest, as I'm genuinely upset to see my favorite team suffer through two (three if you count Oklahoma City) relocations like this. I'm 70% sure that this is it for the Hornets in New Orleans and while that may be good for the long term benefit of the franchise, it's still tough to see your favorite team suffer as it is. Basically from on the court issues and all the implications this sale to the NBA brings with it, it's fair to assume that the Hornets are in deep, deep trouble.
Posted on: October 21, 2010 12:42 am
2010-2011 NBA Southeast Division Preview
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Posted on: May 27, 2010 3:55 pm
Thanks to an error message, this is the second time I'll be typing this up. I officially hate CBSsportsline. Make my resubmission worth it, people.
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Posted on: May 26, 2010 3:07 pm
I figured since I didn't do a playoff preview this season for each team as I did last year, I'll do a fun little countdown to this year's draft, since that's where my team is going to be instead of the postseason. Well we're getting down to the nitty gritty now in terms of the countdown. With only three drafts remaining, I went into a lot of due diligence to research and review each draft before putting in this submission. I feel as if I was wrong in a few of my early seedings in this draft and I wanted to really try as hard as possible to make the top five as acurate as I feel it could be. I think I've done that now. Coming in at number 3 in our countdown is the 2004 NBA Draft which actually featured a hot pre-draft debate on who would be drafted number one and a pretty good group of players in general. So here goes it loyal readers, number 3 on our countdown!
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Posted on: May 25, 2010 5:27 pm
I figured since I didn't do a playoff preview this season for each team as I did last year, I'll do a fun little countdown to this year's draft, since that's where my team is going to be instead of the postseason. Sorry for the delay today, instead of working my usual nights I was asked to cover a morning shift and am just now getting on. Don't worry, the countdown still goes on as usual. Much like 2009, this draft that is coming in at number four is kind of hard to fully evaluate since it's only two years old (as opposed to 2009's one). Early prognosis, however, is that this draft was really, really solid and should produce quite a bit of players who will produce for a long period of team. In case I haven't given it away, the 2008 NBA Draft will be coming in at number four in our countdown.
Top Ten Drafts of the Last Ten Years
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Posted on: May 24, 2010 11:13 am
I figured since I didn't do a playoff preview this season for each team as I did last year, I'll do a fun little countdown to this year's draft, since that's where my team is going to be instead of the postseason. Well after taking the weekend off, we jump back into the countdown this Monday with the #5 draft on our countdown. This draft looks really promising but as it just happened last year, it's too early to tell what's going to happen long term. In case I didn't yet give it away, the number 5 draft is the 2009 NBA Draft which produced a group of promising young players who all look to have nice careers in the NBA.
Top Ten Drafts of the Last Ten Years
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Posted on: May 20, 2010 3:22 pm
I figured since I didn't do a playoff preview this season for each team as I did last year, I'll do a fun little countdown to this year's draft, since that's where my team is going to be instead of the postseason. This is, easily, the hardest time I've had trying to decide where to put a draft. There were three or four drafts I could have considered here for the #7 spot but, after a careful 3 minute deliberation, I feel that I've made the right choice to put here. What choice was that? Well here is the number 7 draft on our countdown, the 2001 NBA Draft which features some monumental busts, a lot of high school players (coincidence?), and quite a few really talented foreign players. Let's see how it all went down.
Top Ten Drafts of the Last Ten Years
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Posted on: May 19, 2010 1:38 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2010 3:17 pm
I figured since I didn't do a playoff preview this season for each team as I did last year, I'll do a fun little countdown to this year's draft, since that's where my team is going to be instead of the postseason. Well now that we got our debates about whether or not 2007 was worth the #9 selection, I'm going to give in to my loyal readers and say I was probably wrong by putting the 2007 draft so low. I was so deadset on proving that it was a bad draft, that I let some really bad drafts off the hook. Be that as it may, I stand by my journalistic pride and proclaim that this draft was better than 2007, regardless of what I'm about to say. But here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the number 8 draft on our list is the 2006 NBA Draft which features some really bad trades (sorry Chicago and Minnesota fans), really questionable selections (I'm looking at you Atlanta) and overall, just not a deep talent pool.
Top Ten Drafts of the Last Ten Years
2006-2007 NBA Rookie of the Year: Brandon Roy
2006-2007 NBA All-Rookie First Team
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