New Orleans Hornets
With so many new, young players, the New Orleans Hornets are facing one of their most important preseasons since the franchise left Charlotte. Wins and losses never matter in the preseason, but the Hornets need to develop cohesion and Monty Williams has difficult decisions to make about starters and rotations.
A few months ago, the Hornets' preseason game against the Orlando Magic in Mexico probably looked a lot more attractive than it does now. But even though Dwight Howard has left Disney World for Disneyland, Mexico's proudest son, Gustavo Ayon, will still take part, albeit with Orlando instead of New Orleans.
Interestingly enough, the Hornets could become the second New Orleans team to win a preseason game in Mexico. In 1978, the New Orleans Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 14-7 in an NFL preseason game in Mexico. The Hornets vs. Magic preseason game will air live on NBA TV.
Life on the court was a lot easier for Michael Jordan than life off the court has been. Jordan's Bobcats set an NBA record for futility with a 7-59 record last season. Things got even worse when the Hornets won the NBA Draft Lottery and landed top pick Anthony Davis.
The Hornets and Bobcats will square off twice in the preseason, once in New Orleans and once in Charlotte. Despite playing eight preseason games, the Hornets' home game against the Bobcats is one of only two in New Orleans. Charlotte sincerely hopes that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist turns out to be the best player out of Kentucky.
Due to the shortened 2011-12 NBA season, Hornets' fans missed out on seeing the sensational Jeremy Lin in New Orleans. However, New Orleans did put a stop to Linsanity at the height of its popularity by defeating the Knicks in New York. Hornets' fans can get a sneak peek at Lin in the preseason when the Rockets travel to New Orleans.
Here is a detailed look at the entire 2012-13 New Orleans Hornets preseason schedule.
10/7: Orlando Magic (Mexico), 1:30 CT, NBA TV
10/9: Charlotte Bobcats (home), 7:00 CT
10/11: Charlotte Bobcats (away), 6:30 CT
10/12: Houston Rockets (away), 7:00 CT
10/18: Atlanta Hawks (away), 6:30 CT
10/22: Dallas Mavericks (away), 7:30 CT
10/24: Houston Rockets (home), 7:00 CT
10/26: Miami Heat (away), 7:00 CT, ESPN
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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