Thursday, September 22, 2005

The NO/OKC Hornets

It's not Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim bad, but the Hornets, displaced by Hurricane Katrina and broken levees, will play most of their home games in Oklahoma City this season. Thus, the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets.

The Kings' schedule was modified slightly, according to Sam Amick in the Bee. Instead of opening the season in Houston on Nov. 2 and then playing in New Orleans on the 4th, the Kings will now open the season in OKC against the Hornets on Nov. 1. They'll still play at Houston on Nov. 2.

Bad news first: We're not complaining, because getting one game switched is absolutely positively incredibly minor compared to moving your franchise 1,000 miles for a season, but that's a tough back-to-back to open the season. Houston is a top four team in the West this season, so we could definitely see SAC opening the campaign 1-1. (Could be 0-2: who knows how motivated the Hornets will be - remember the Saints in Week 1? Plus, Plains states fans haven't seen NBA hoops in their backyard since the Kings left Kansas City in 1985. Might be a small grudge to factor in, a la Cleveland Browns v. Baltimore Ravens in 1999, though John Thomas was no Art Modell.)

Now the good news: the season starts one day earlier! Woohoo! Mark your calendars and set your watches!


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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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