- The first big news (been around for a little bit) is the “I’m In” campaign being run by the New Orleans Hornets to rally up support in the form of season ticket holders. The goal is 10,000 and they are already half-way there (prior to the marketing campaign). It’s not unreasonable to think the organisation can reach that goal. After the 2007 season ticket holders increased to just over that 10,000 mark.
- The State of Louisiana has put up a $7 million subsidy for the New Orleans Hornets to cover any losses they may accure this season. What is interesting about this piece is that it’s been previously stated the state wouldn’t be looking to subside the Hornets in order for them to keep them here. A change in tune is somewhat odd, but you can bet that the NBA ownership had something to do with this. What it means is that the State must of had a look at the books in order to make this financial help. It would seem this subsidy is only short-term otherwise why put up the money?
- We’ve been discussing for a while now how the Hornets have had a tough time defending the three-point line, NOLA.com investigates and Monty Williams agrees, “We had some missed assignments, we’re leaving shooters to rotate to non shooters and then those guys are wide open and that’s what they do, knock down threes.”
- On ESPN.com John Hollinger and Chad Ford produce their “Future Rankings.” The Hornets turn up at 23, disappointing but somewhat expected. What grinds my gears is a couple of lines in the passage:
…Nobody is sure how the league will dispose of its new asset — via relocation, via contraction or via the long-shot hope of local ownership riding in to save the day.
They do know that Gary Chouest hasn’t ruled himself out of becoming the majority owner, and there is a minority share group being formed. Nothing will go through until after the CBA, but it’s their lack of investigation that once again shines through as they put the Hornets in a nutshell.
If the Hornets can somehow keep West, it should increase the chances Paul would re-up, too.
What gets me in this line is how we can “somehow” keep West. I’m sorry but these guys don’t get it. Sure West wants his contract, but the Hornets can’t give it to him, not until he decides to opt-out. When he does why would he leave to uncertainty when he could stay with one of the best point-guards in the league (for however long it is) for the contract he desires? Even if Paul leaves, West still has his contract.
So that appears to be your news, it will be a little quiet before Saturday’s game against the Celtics. Apparently it’s sold out which is great news, hopefully the Hive will be buzzin’. Hopefully some of those people turning up to that game can share there views here, I know it’s awfully quiet round these parts…