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Four Years

By on August 28, 2009

1 Dead in Attic

1 Dead in Attic

“Without your sweet kiss
My soul is lost, my friend
Tell me how do I begin again?
My city’s in ruins..”

You might have noticed our banner looks different. That’s because today is August 28, 2009, and tomorrow marks the four year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The graffiti is meant to match the markings the various police and military units spray painted on the houses to show that they had been searched. Usually it took the form of a large X. At the top of the X was the date the house was searched. On one side was the name of the unit that searched that particular house. And at the bottom was the number of dead. Ours says 1,577 because that is the official death toll in New Orleans, although many more people are still counted among the missing.

I urge you to please read the lengthy memorial post I wrote last year. Why didn’t I do a similar one this year? Well, I have to be honest. Writing that one took a lot out of me. Just thinking about this takes a lot out of me. So please read it, or if you already read it last year, read it again. It has more of my Katrina experience (and an excerpt from my personal blog that I wrote the day I left) than you will see here.

Why weren’t some Americans able to see themselves in the photographs that came out of New Orleans in the nightmarish week after Katrina? Because the people in them were poor? Elderly? Overweight? Black? I don’t know. I saw myself in those pictures. Four years ago today, we sat in traffic through three states, through the beginnings of the rain, to get out of the city. We slept on the ground at a rest stop in Alabama. We finally got to our destination, and I slept all day. I woke up in late afternoon to see on the news that the city was wind-damaged but mostly okay. It wasn’t until the next day that the water started to come in, that there were reports of broken levees and people swimming through the streets and the Superdome and the Convention Center filling up with people. I was glued to the internet grabbing up every scrap of information– which streets were underwater, what was happening, what was gone and what was still there– And the water kept coming.

I was angry for a long time. It was hard to know who to be angry at, with so many people to blame at so many levels of government. The people of this city were betrayed. In the richest country in the world, what reason would you have to not feel safe? But I– and hundreds of thousands of others– will never feel safe again. I know, for me, it wasn’t until I walked behind that curtain last November to cast my vote that I felt absolved of some of the anger. That’s just me, though. I’m sure it’s different for others.

Sometimes people ask me why I’m so militant about the Hornets staying in New Orleans, why it sometimes seems like I’ve made it my personal mission to police the NBA news and blogs for errors or misinformation about the Hornets location (not in Charlotte– I’m looking at you, SI.com), possible relocation (not happening in the foreseeable future), and attendance (it’s fine– the Hornets ranked 8th in the NBA in percentage of capacity). I do take it personally. And I also take personally the national sports media’s obsession with proving LeBron James cannot possibly be happy in Cleveland, or Chris Paul cannot possibly be happy in New Orleans. That these players are being “wasted” in small markets. I feel this way for three reasons: 1) In the world of NBA League Pass and the internet, great players being in small markets no longer means viewers have no way of seeing them. 2) Please enlighten me on what endorsements and sponsorships LeBron James has missed out on by not being in New York or LA. Oh right, none. 3) I resent the implication that large market teams “deserve” these great players more than smaller market teams.

And I see that implication every day. Every time a quote comes out that has even a small possibility of being twisted to make it look like Chris Paul is leaving New Orleans, man, these people pounce on it. And twist it. And repost it. And write misleading headlines. It’s like they hate that he’s here.

I ask you to look at these pictures. I’ll warn you ahead of time that some of them contain graphic imagery. Look at these pictures, some of which happened within blocks of New Orleans Arena, where the Hornets play today, four years later. And tell me we don’t deserve to be cut some slack. Tell me we don’t deserve a basketball team. Tell me we don’t deserve Chris Paul.

I’ll wait.

[More]

The folks over at Right Guard, in the interest of promoting their CP+3 Sweepstakes, let me know that they are providing us with a signed Chris Paul away jersey, which we are going to give away to a lucky winner of our choice.

What You Have to Do: This is a two-parter.

1) Become a fan of the official Right Guard page on Facebook (I can only assume they will check, people, so be honest!)

2) Post your best Chris Paul “fact.” What do I mean by this? OK, you know all those wacky Chuck Norris facts people like to make up? See here for reference. That’s what I want: your very best fact about the superpowers of Chris Paul. For example, “Chris Paul doesn’t sleep. He waits.” Or, “When Chris Paul touches fire, he doesn’t get burned. The fire gets Chris Pauled.” Only you can’t expect to win by stealing one everyone’s heard and changing the name to Chris Paul. Be creative. Whichever one makes me spit my beverage out on my keyboard wins.

What You Get: An autographed, authentic Chris Paul away jersey in a fabulous shade of creole blue turquoise.

When It Ends: Sunday. At noon.

Q: Aren’t Hornets 247, At the Hive, and Hoops Addict running a similar contest?

A: Why, yes. Yes they are. Is it cheating if you enter all three? Meh, whatever. Hornets Hype says triple the entries, triple your chances of winning, triple the fun! You could also enter the Official Sweepstakes, which gets you and two friends a chance to play ball with CP3. You’d be rolling in riches then, I tell you. Rolling.

** By entering the sweepstakes you agree to release Sponsor, the NBA Entities, Hornets Hype and their respective affiliates and agencies from any and all liabilities for injuries, damages or losses of any kind to in connection with the sweepstakes, prize or any prize-related activity.

CP3's angry face scares people

This is the last thing fire saw bearing down it before it was Chris Pauled.

Now, I know this is the internet, where douchebags have free reign to be douchebags in anonymity, without repercussions. I know most comment threads are usually full of ignorance that’s not worth reading. But (this is the point where you should stop reading if strong language offends you) the shit I have seen today is far beyond the limits of acceptable behavior. I am compelled to say something about it.

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, in the past few weeks Stephon Marbury has gotten up to a neverending series of interesting– and sometimes disturbing– antics in his forays into livestreaming his life on the internet. I am probably guilty of watching far too much of them than is healthy to watch. Wizards center Brendan Haywood, when asked about Marbury by Hardcore Sports Radio, had the following to say:

“At first it was cool, but after a while it just became disturbing. He’s on YouTube crying with no shirt on for no reason, sweating while his boy’s rubbing his shoulders. What’s that about? That’s like gay porn. I don’t understand it. He’s dancing to a song called ‘Barbie Doll’, doing like stripper moves. I have no idea what’s going on with the guy, it’s almost like he’s trying to end his own career. There’s not a GM out there that would touch Marbury right now.

Have you seen the ‘Barbie Doll’ clip? Click on YouTube and go to Barbie Doll. There’s no way any other professional athletes would wanna get dressed around this guy, because you gotta think something is a little, he’s swinging from both sides of the fence.”

OMG they could be in your locker room, looking at your DICK!!

OMG they could be in your locker room, looking at your DICK!!

I was kind of taken aback by this when I read it, since, as mentioned, I watched quite a bit of the Marbury stuff this summer and “gay” was a word that pretty much never occurred to me. Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie provided an excellently written and fairly condemning post on Haywood’s foolish comments, and Kevin Arnovitz at True Hoop (who actually is one of the  “out” journalists referred to in the aforementioned post) followed it up with this piece. I read both and immediately thought, “Wow. Those were awesome pieces.” I said so at once. In fact, I’m the first comment on the BDL piece. What I liked particularly about it was that it used language that made the subject accessible to the average fan who might not be used to reading or writing about equality topics, and it used humor. It didn’t leap in and get political, or throw around a bunch of terminology that an NBA fan wouldn’t know. As you will soon find out, I am not going to do that in this post. I am going to use terminology. But I am going to– I promise– try to explain it, and also why the comments I read today from NBA fans are disheartening and seriously not OK, and the inherent connections homophobia has to issues which directly affect me.

Usually when I rant about topics like this, the group toward whom I direct my ire and fruitless pleas for enlightment is heterosexual white men. This is the default demographic in America. What do I mean by “default”? I mean that they are the group that’s marketed to. I mean that they are the group we see presented to us as characters on our televisions in Hollywood-produced entertainment, in ratios that are disproportionate to real life. It means if you are not a part of this group, you are “other” in some way. You have had some sort of “-ism” directed at you in your life, whether it be racism, sexism, whatever. For the purposes of today’s rant, however, I want to make it clear that men of color are totally not being given a pass. We are talking about HETEROSEXUAL. MEN. WHO. LIKE. SPORTS. Got it?

So now we’re going to talk a little about privilege. I’m going to roll with this definition, because I really like it:

Privilege Is: About how society accommodates you. It’s about advantages you have that you think are normal. It’s about you being normal, and others being the deviation from normal. It’s about fate dealing from the bottom of the deck on your behalf. (Source.)

It is now Question Time.

Q: But Ticktock6, I called Kelly Dwyer gay because if someone cares about an NBA player being afraid of gay people, he must also by default be gay!

truck-of-failA: I was called gay at least three times today in comment threads about the Brendan Haywood thing, and I found it both laughable and infuriating, because it is so symptomatic of the exact attitude the posts were talking about. It was part of what prompted me to write this post, and part of the privilege thing I was talking about before. It is self-centered and arrogant in the utmost extreme to assume that everyone in a comment thread must automatically feel a certain way because you do. Also, I frankly am so horrified that people apparently exist who have no ability to put themselves in the shoes of another human being, I really don’t know how strongly I can express this horror without spazzing incoherently on the keyboard of my MacBook. Seriously? SERIOUSLY? You read that post, and the first thought that jumped to your mind was, “Haha! Kelly Dwyer’s gay!” … Wow. You are a sad individual. You are awarded no points, you fail at life, and may God have mercy on your soul.

Q: Surely, Ticktock6, you would be afraid to change in a whole room of lesbians, because they might spontaneously assault you and try to convert you! Oh wait, I just remembered lesbians are hot. Whereas gays are not cool. Never mind.

A: There is a lot of privilege to unpack here but I will make a valiant attempt. Let us start with the fact that men are privileged not to have been bombarded by sexualized and contorted imagery of their bodies on a daily basis for their entire lives. As a woman, damn, all we see is other women’s bodies. They’re everywhere. They’re in our magazines. They’re on the TV. They’re out on the street, because it’s acceptable and encouraged for women to wear less clothing than men. They’re on freakin billboards. If we hadn’t achieved a level of comfort with them being out there, we wouldn’t be able to open our eyes in America. Our sexuality doesn’t even really belong to us, on a certain level. It belongs to… everyone! It’s… out there! It’s public. We have been removed from having a say in certain aspects of it, and while this is not right, it does make us very used to female bodies. Sorry if I can’t summon any sympathy for your terror that someone gay might be looking at your body. As a heterosexual male, you are privileged in not having to deal with this in your life. I don’t know, is it this privilege that makes men freak out about other men’s bodies? You tell me. But then, you guys are in locker rooms. You guys pee next to each other with parts of your anatomy out. Where does this intense fear of other men’s sexuality come from? Seriously, don’t you think gay people have much better things to do than try to convert you? Again, your ability to be so self-centered is directly rooted in your privilege.

Q: So you are saying that Stephon Marbury might have danced around on Justin.tv to a teenybopper song with no shirt on for a reason other than because he’s gay? But how can this be? I was watching! The fact that he was there! Doing that! While I was watching! And I’m a heterosexual male! He has to be gay!

A: This is the assumption that pissed me off. If you can get this, and only this, you may leave this blog and I will feel like I achieved my purpose. Repeat after me. It is not always about you. Maybe it’s possible that someone can do something weird or slightly “off” and it’s not about their sexuality. Hell, maybe it is about their sexuality, and it’s still not about you. Maybe it’s possible that people exist– bear with me please– who are basketball fans, for whom a video of Marbury dancing is not “gay” at all. I watched a bunch of the Marbury stuff. I was like, “Damn, don’t put the shirt back on!” Was that gay of me to say that? Of course not. I’m a heterosexual female. (Never mind that gay people are just like heterosexual people, and they behave in a variety of different ways because they are a whole spectrum of people and do not necessarily define their entire lives by the fact that they are gay. They may be doctors. They may be writers. They may be basketball players. The point is there is no such thing as “THIS IS THE WAY ALL GAY PEOPLE ACT”.) By pre-supposing that someone’s behavior is gay or offensive solely because you are uncomfortable with it or confused by it, you are making it all about you. Society is set up to accommodate you more than any other demographic group, and you are demanding that we do it some more because you are insecure. You completely dismissed out of hand the idea that Marbury might be dancing for anyone– me, his friends, himself– other than you, because of course you are his only possible audience. And as a nice little side note, you are telling me I can’t possibly exist. I do not take kindly to this. Hence, the post.

Q: I don’t get it. How is that telling you you don’t exist? That’s not what I said at all. You’re not even gay.

A: You implied it. And this is really the crux of the whole thing. When you make harmful and ignorant comments about an NBA co-worker/peer in a supposedly joking way, or think every space in the sports blogosphere is a safe space for you to spew ignorant hate as a commenter and not be called on it– after all, everyone there is the same as you! … What you are really saying is that people who aren’t like you  A) aren’t a part of the audience for sports, and B) aren’t welcome in sports.

As a wrap-up note, don’t tell me I’m being too sensitive and need to grow a thicker skin or whatever garbage you want to say. You. Have. No. Idea. What it is like being me, out here in the blogosphere. You think if I didn’t have a thick skin, I would be still be writing an NBA blog? This is going to be my third season, and let me tell you, if I was not already able to shrug off the disgusting jokes, and ignorant statements, and people talking like I’m not there, and sheer hatred of women I read on a daily basis– yes, I said daily and yes, I said hatred because, as far as I am concerned, a denial of a person’s basic humanity counts as hatred–  I would have quit after a month. And that’s just what I read on the internet. In the spaces I regularly inhabit as a fan of the NBA. I can’t even imagine what it is like being a female reporter in a locker room. Or a gay reporter in a locker room. Also, it goes without saying that anyone who accuses others of being “too sensitive” or “acting out” is operating with a big whopping dose of— let’s all guess the word– privilege. If you’re a blogger, never having to skim past eighteen disgusting comments about a group of people that includes you is the biggest privilege of all. And you probably don’t even notice.

What follows is a Heterosexual Privilege checklist. The time I have personally taken to read checklists like these has been highly eye-opening and sobering to me. I suggest you read it alone, drop the tired “no homo/pause” facade, and try to imagine what it is like to be someone else for the five to ten minutes it takes you to finish reading. (For more reading on privilege, go here. And White Privilege Checklist, and my personal favorite friend the Male Privilege Checklist.)

Daily Effects of Straight Privilege ( Source.)

On a daily basis as a straight person…

  • I can be pretty sure that my roommate, hallmates and classmates will be comfortable with my sexual orientation.
  • If I pick up a magazine, watch TV, or play music, I can be certain my sexual orientation will be represented.
  • When I talk about my heterosexuality (such as in a joke or talking about my relationships), I will not be accused of pushing my sexual orientation onto others.
  • I do not have to fear that if my family or friends find out about my sexual orientation there will be economic, emotional, physical or psychological consequences.
  • I did not grow up with games that attack my sexual orientation (IE fag tag or smear the queer).
  • I am not accused of being abused, warped or psychologically confused because of my sexual orientation.
  • I can go home from most meetings, classes, and conversations without feeling excluded, fearful, attacked, isolated, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance, stereotyped or feared because of my sexual orientation.
  • I am never asked to speak for everyone who is heterosexual.
  • I can be sure that my classes will require curricular materials that testify to the existence of people with my sexual orientation.
  • People don’t ask why I made my choice of sexual orientation.
  • People don’t ask why I made my choice to be public about my sexual orientation.
  • I do not have to fear revealing my sexual orientation to friends or family. It’s assumed.
  • My sexual orientation was never associated with a closet.
  • People of my gender do not try to convince me to change my sexual orientation.
  • I don’t have to defend my heterosexuality.
  • I can easily find a religious community that will not exclude me for being heterosexual.
  • I can count on finding a therapist or doctor willing and able to talk about my sexuality.
  • I am guaranteed to find sex education literature for couples with my sexual orientation.
  • Because of my sexual orientation, I do not need to worry that people will harass me.
  • I have no need to qualify my straight identity.
  • My masculinity/femininity is not challenged because of my sexual orientation.
  • I am not identified by my sexual orientation.
  • I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help my sexual orientation will not work against me.
  • If my day, week, or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it has sexual orientation overtones.
  • Whether I rent or I go to a theater or Blockbuster, I can be sure I will not have trouble finding my sexual orientation represented.
  • I can walk in public with my significant other and not have people double-take or stare.
  • I can choose to not think politically about my sexual orientation.
  • I do not have to worry about telling my roommate about my sexuality. It is assumed I am a heterosexual.
  • I can remain oblivious of the language and culture of LGBTQ folk without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.
  • I can go for months without being called straight.
  • I’m not grouped because of my sexual orientation.
  • My individual behavior does not reflect on people who identity as heterosexual.
  • In everyday conversation, the language my friends and I use generally assumes my sexual orientation. For example, sex inappropriately referring to only heterosexual sex or family meaning heterosexual relationships with kids.
  • People do not assume I am experienced in sex (or that I even have it!) merely because of my sexual orientation.
  • I can kiss a person of the opposite gender in the cafeteria without being watched and stared at.
  • Nobody calls me straight with maliciousness.
  • People can use terms that describe my sexual orientation and mean positive things (IE “straight as an arrow”, “standing up straight” or “straightened out” ) instead of demeaning terms (IE “ewww, that’s gay” or being “queer” ) .
  • I am not asked to think about why I am straight.
  • I can be open about my sexual orientation without worrying about my job.

Q: But isn’t this supposed to be about basketball?

A: It is about basketball. And if you really, truly, loved the game, you would do everything you could to make sure that other people who aren’t exactly like you can be part of it too. I really encourage people to think seriously about whether you are being selfish in spaces you share with other NBA fans. Think about whether what you say may interfere with someone else’s ability to post about or talk about their love of the game.

Now, I hope we are clear about how arrogant and ignorant it is to assume that no one who’s anything other than the demographic you belong to is in your space as a sports fan or participant. I hope we are also clear that… this blog? This is my space. And if the “big” media isn’t going to delete hateful and disgusting commentary, you can be 100% assured that I will.

The only correct and acceptable answer here is, “Yes, Ticktock6, we are clear. Crystal.”

The Phoenix Flies

By on August 12, 2009

86012941_LAM035_NUGGETS_HORNETSNew Orleans will miss you, Rasual Butler. We’ll miss your resilience. We’ll miss your indestructibility. We’ll miss you because of all the things I said in this post I wrote in March.

So he didn’t fly of his own volition. He was traded to the Clippers today for a 2nd round pick. It was a move that I called “pulling a Marcus Camby.” (Link, for those of you were living under a rock this time last summer. Oh, and sorry to ruin the end of the movie for you, but Denver lived.) By that I mean, he was a starter, he did his job well, and he was traded to save the team $8 million. For the sole reason that we have other guys on the roster who are capable of taking up the slack at his position. Is it a salary dump? Of course. Is it a bad move because it’s a salary dump? No.

I certainly am puzzled by people who are confused by this deal, as well as people who think it in any way points to “OMG THE HORNETS ARE TOO CHEAP TO EVER PUT A WINNING TEAM AROUND CHRIS PAUL HE NEEDS TO LEAVE”. My number one assumption going into this offseason was that either Rasual Butler or Mo Pete would be moved. Were there really people who didn’t think so? You have two guys who are the same age, who play the same position, who have roughly the same stats at that position, who play the same role in the offense of the #5 scoring option who gets open threes because people are looking at Peja/CP/DWest, who are both long all-right defenders, who’ve each been the starter 1 out of the 2 last seasons. I would have been much more surprised if they were both on the roster in October.

Is it fair to whichever guy doesn’t end up starting, to be on the team and not playing the role you want? Is it fair to the team, to ask them to pay $4M-6.5M salaries to two guys who are interchangeable, when they’re over the luxury tax? Is it fair to Marcus Thornton, to light up summer league and sit in a suit all year? I mean, these are legitimate questions.

You know I was all about being the spearhead of the “FREE MO PETE” movement last year. But that was never a knock on Rasual Butler. (OK, it was a knock on Devin Brown, but we all know about that so I won’t go into it here.) Butler did a great job. He was the only guy on the team who didn’t miss games because he was hurt. (Even Posey, the iron man runner-up, had to sit a few out at the end.) Last year, that was so huge. At the Hive’s statistical analysis in the second half of the season showed that Butler slightly out-Mo Pete’d Mo Pete at being the starting shooting guard. But a lot of us remember 2007-08, when Peterson was the starter and ‘Sual was in DNP-CD limbo in a suit at the end of the bench because his shot had completely deserted him. It was one year ago, guys. There’s no need for despair here. Mo’ll be fine. The only gamble here is knowing he won’t have an NBA tested backup (well, unless you count De–). But even if Thornton’s clueless, surely one of Peja/Posey/Wright can swing on over.

What does this all add up to? The Hornets have essentially saved $10 million this summer, through this and the TC trade, and are now only over the luxury tax by about $3.8 million. And they’ve managed to do this… arguably without getting worse. I don’t know about you folks, but I suspect the ol’ GM is not as think as y’all stupid he is. No?

Man, this one still stings. In a personal way more than a basketball way. Because all the guys on this team grow on me and it sucks to have to let them go. Strangely, the thing that brings it home to me more than anything else is when I get down to the end of the post… and I realize this is the last time I’m ever going to use the “Bop” tag. But it stings because this isn’t ‘Sual’s fault. He and Mo just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time– that is, the same place– Mo’s contract is longer and less attractive– it’s math. But I hope it doesn’t diminish the year he had in 2008-09. The fact that he was a rock for us when the team needed one.

This was a guy who people made fun of for having a terrible year and missing shot after shot. Sit for a moment and try to imagine what that must have been like: your team has its best season in history, while you’re in a suit having your worst. Watching. But this is a guy who took that and worked. Who came back stronger, better. Who won a starting spot. In the end, that’s why saying goodbye to Rasual Butler doesn’t seem right. In the end, what more could you have asked of him?

“And God help you if you are a phoenix
And you dare to rise up from the ash
A thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy
While you are just flying past…”

Blazin’

By on August 5, 2009

In case you’re wondering how something remotely like this blazer (Oh, who am I kidding? There’s nothing like this blazer. There’s just this blazer) comes to exist, it’s actually made out of the same material the Hornets voodoo doll giveaways were made from. I have been informed that, sadly, we cannot look forward to seeing these in the team store, as they are not going to be mass-produced. This is a one of a kind thing.But, you’re thinking, who would wear this blazer anyway? Oh, I can think of a couple people…

Emeka Okafor. So hot right now.

Emeka Okafor. So hot right now.

1) Craig Sager. We have, what, two TNT games this year? Someone make it happen.

2) George Shinn. It’s his team!

3) Gil McGregor. Anyone remember the conversation he and Bob Licht had on air about how they wanted to buy matching teal seersucker suits for the playoffs? Yeah.

4) Hilton Armstrong. He’s a silly person. This is a silly blazer.

5) Me. You know it!

** For those of you who came here via Ball Don’t Lie, it is important to note that he didn’t show up in New Orleans wearing this jacket. It lives in the Hornets team offices somewhere, apparently, and Okafor threw it on during his photo shoot. That’s why it doesn’t fit. People. Srsly.

2009-10 Schedule

By on August 4, 2009

Well, it’s not supposed to be out for a couple of hours, but this is what it says on NBA.com at the link I posted earlier. It’s still labeled 2008-09, but this is definitely NOT our schedule from last year, plus the dates match up with this year’s dates. Check it out!

NOTE: I stole this off NBA.com, and it’s not showing up anymore, so do not blame me if they make changes!! UPDATED NOTE: Lookin good!

DATE

Wed, Oct 28

AWAY

New Orleans

HOME

San Antonio

TIME

8:00 PM ET

TV

ESPN

Fri, Oct 30 Sacramento New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Nov 01 New Orleans Boston 6:00 PM ET NBATV
Mon, Nov 02 New Orleans New York 7:30 AM ET
Wed, Nov 04 Dallas New Orleans 9:30 PM ET ESPN
Fri, Nov 06 Toronto New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Nov 08 New Orleans L.A. Lakers 9:30 PM ET
Mon, Nov 09 New Orleans L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ET
Wed, Nov 11 New Orleans Phoenix 10:30 PM ET ESPN
Fri, Nov 13 Portland New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Nov 14 New Orleans Atlanta 7:00 PM ET
Tue, Nov 17 L.A. Clippers New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Thu, Nov 19 Phoenix New Orleans 8:00 PM ET TNT
Sat, Nov 21 Atlanta New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Nov 22 New Orleans Miami 6:00 PM ET
Wed, Nov 25 Milwaukee New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Nov 29 New Orleans Sacramento 9:00 PM ET
Tue, Dec 01 New Orleans L.A. Lakers 10:30 PM ET
Fri, Dec 04 Minnesota New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Tue, Dec 08 Sacramento New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Wed, Dec 09 New Orleans Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Dec 11 New York New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Mon, Dec 14 New Orleans Dallas 8:30 PM ET NBATV
Wed, Dec 16 Detroit New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Dec 18 Denver New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Dec 20 New Orleans Toronto 1:00 PM ET
Wed, Dec 23 Golden State New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Dec 26 New Orleans Chicago 8:00 PM ET
Tue, Dec 29 New Orleans Houston 8:30 PM ET
Wed, Dec 30 Miami New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Jan 02 Houston New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Mon, Jan 04 New Orleans Utah 9:00 PM ET
Wed, Jan 06 New Orleans Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Jan 08 New Jersey New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Jan 10 New Orleans Washington 1:00 PM ET
Mon, Jan 11 New Orleans Philadelphia 7:00 PM ET
Wed, Jan 13 L.A. Clippers New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Jan 15 New Orleans Detroit 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Jan 16 New Orleans Indiana 7:00 PM ET
Mon, Jan 18 San Antonio New Orleans 3:30 PM ET
Wed, Jan 20 Memphis New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Jan 22 New Orleans Minnesota 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Jan 23 New Orleans Denver 9:00 PM ET
Mon, Jan 25 New Orleans Portland 10:00 PM ET
Wed, Jan 27 New Orleans Golden State 10:30 PM ET
Fri, Jan 29 Chicago New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Jan 30 New Orleans Memphis 8:00 PM ET
Mon, Feb 01 Phoenix New Orleans 8:00 PM ET NBATV
Wed, Feb 03 Oklahoma City New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Feb 05 Philadelphia New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Feb 06 New Orleans Charlotte 7:00 PM ET
Mon, Feb 08 New Orleans Orlando 8:00 PM ET TNT
Wed, Feb 10 Boston New Orleans 8:00 PM ET NBATV
Wed, Feb 17 Utah New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Feb 19 Indiana New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Feb 21 Houston New Orleans 7:00 PM ET
Tue, Feb 23 New Orleans Cleveland 7:00 PM ET
Wed, Feb 24 New Orleans Milwaukee 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Feb 26 Orlando New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Feb 28 New Orleans Dallas 9:30 PM ET ESPN
Mon, Mar 01 San Antonio New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Wed, Mar 03 Memphis New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Mar 05 New Orleans San Antonio 9:30 PM ET ESPN
Mon, Mar 08 Golden State New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Wed, Mar 10 New Orleans Oklahoma City 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Mar 12 Denver New Orleans 8:00 PM ET NBATV
Sun, Mar 14 New Orleans Phoenix 9:00 PM ET
Mon, Mar 15 New Orleans L.A. Clippers 10:30 PM ET
Wed, Mar 17 New Orleans Golden State 10:30 PM ET ESPN
Thu, Mar 18 New Orleans Denver 9:30 PM ET TNT
Sat, Mar 20 New Orleans Utah 9:00 PM ET NBATV
Mon, Mar 22 Dallas New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Wed, Mar 24 Cleveland New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Mar 27 Portland New Orleans 8:00 PM ET NBATV
Mon, Mar 29 L.A. Lakers New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Wed, Mar 31 Washington New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Apr 02 New Orleans Memphis 8:00 PM ET
Sat, Apr 03 New Orleans New Jersey 7:30 PM ET
Wed, Apr 07 Charlotte New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Fri, Apr 09 Utah New Orleans 8:00 PM ET
Sun, Apr 11 Minnesota New Orleans 7:00 PM ET
Wed, Apr 14 New Orleans Houston 8:00 PM ET

Whoo! Looks like we have 9 major nationally televised games (ESPN/TNT) plus 7 on NBATV. That’s 16, even though I’m not sure you can count NBATV games. Ya gotta love having Chris Paul on your team. Still, I just read the Clippers have the same amount. So I no longer feel good about this. I feel sickened.

This only works if you are a really, really fast reader, but if you click the link below, you can see what looks like our 2009-10 schedule (the dates match up, and the games are different from last year) before it redirects back to last year’s schedule. Oh, NBA, fining people for leaking schedules and then putting them up on NBA.com. UPDATE: The whole schedule appears to be up now. I’ve posted it.

http://www.nba.com/schedules/index.html?team=hornets

It looks like:

  • We have several nationally televised games again
  • We start 10/28 on the road at San Antonio
  • First home game is vs. Sacramento
  • For once, we end with a bunch of home games as opposed to the asskicker of a stretch run we’ve had the last two years

But again, that’s if this is indeed the schedule. We’ll find out for sure this afternoon. Also this afternoon is the Hornets’ press conference to officially introduce Emeka Okafor. I’ll probably throw up some links related to that later.

(Yes, my mood is “cold.” What? The A/C is madly ridiculous at my desk.)