New Orleans Hornets History
Before the Hornets ever played in New Orleans the franchise was stationed in Charlotte, North Carolina. The NBA team was created in 1988 and did not make the move to New Orleans until 2002. In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina the Hornets were forced to play their home game in Oklahoma City for two seasons, paving the way for the eventual move of the Thunder to OKC. Unlike most franchises that change cities, the Hornets were not struggling when they were shipped to New Orleans. In fact, the team was in the playoffs when the announcement was made that they would be relocating. Fans in Charlotte were disappointed with the owner’s decisions to let all-star players leave and not allow Michael Jordan become part owner of the team. As a result the franchise posted some of the lowest attendance numbers in the NBA despite the team’s winning record. Over the franchise’s history they have had several vital players including Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, Glenn Rice, Barron Davis, and Chris Paul. These players helped Hornets teams to many playoff appearances, however the franchise has yet to make the NBA Finals or even a Conference Finals.
New Orleans Hornets Ownership
The ownership of the Hornets is one of the most infamous in the NBA. The franchise’s first owner was George Shinn. Shinn disliked paying high profile players large contracts and as a result let many of the cities favorite players walk. In addition Shinn was the target of a sexual assault accusation, only decreasing his approval rating. Shinn is commonly blamed entirely for the Hornets leaving Charlotte, and became one of the most disliked owners in the NBA. In 2010 the NBA actually became the owners of the franchise in order to keep the team in New Orleans. The NBA held on to the team until it could find an owner who would not relocate the franchise again. In 2012 the team was purchased by Ted Benson, the owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.
New Orleans Hornets Arena
The Hornets currently play their home games in New Orleans Arena, adjacent to the Superdome. The arena is also home to the Tulane University basketball team and the New Orleans Voodoo, the city’s AFL team. Before their current home the Hornets also played home games in the Charlotte Coliseum and the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Hornets’ Fan Base
Hornets’ fans have received a mixed bag from their franchise. On the positive end the team made the playoffs after only 5 years of the team’s creation and has been no stranger since then. Unfortunately, the team has never gone deep into the playoffs and poor ownership has made the team hard to cheer for at times. That is the reason the franchise moved to New Orleans and support has not improved much. The Hornets still rank among the leagues worst in average attendance. It appears that the team will have to show some improvement before the city of New Orleans gets behind them fully.
New Orleans’ NBA Coaching
Despite have decent regular season success the Hornets have cycled through their fair share of coaches. Since the team never made a deep run into the playoffs no one coach was able to solidify a long-term spot. This does not mean that New Orleans has not had some quality coaches. Dave Cowens coached the squad in the late 90’s and had some good success. Years later Byron Scott coached the team and also did well, winning the NBA coach of the year in the 07-08 season. The current head coach is Monty Williams who took over in 2010. Williams has faired about as well as past coaches have with some wining and losing seasons. Hopefully for Hornets fans there are more winning than losing in the future.
New Orleans Hornets Betting
After the trading of Chris Paul the Hornets took a turn in the wrong direction. After being one of the worst teams in the NBA after the trade, the Hornets are looking to rebuild their team for the future. Number one overall draft pick Anthony Davis looks to be the centerpiece around which the team will be formed. The Hornets play in a division that consists of mostly older teams so the young Hornets team may find itself among the division leaders in the future – great for betting on them-, however until these older teams move over the hill, the Hornets will not likely contend for the division. In addition they will likely not be favored to win many games and could offer nice odds or large payouts to anyone who can pick where their wins will come.