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Thursday, 07 April 2011 12:20
New Orleans Hornets NBA Playoff Road Was Against Odds
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With everything the Hornets endured this season, it's amazing that they they can now say "We're in the playoffs.

Here's Hornets play-by-play announcer Bob Licht's take on the season: "A season ago this franchise changed coaches, lost its star point guard to injury,, then fired general manager, hired the youngest coach in the NBA, traded a lottery pick, hired a new general manager, traded a first-team all-rookie player from a season ago, turned over more than half the roster, went 1-7 in the preseason, and traded their No. 1 draft pick for next season.

"Plus during all that basketball drama the franchise was sold to the NBA, something that had never happened before in league history."

The Hornets are a team that scores fewer point per game in the Western Conference, yet allows fewer points than any other team in the west.

Coach Monty Williams will tell you as long as the Hornets play the same kind of defense they did during the regular season, they can beat anybody. He might be right.

After all, the Hornets beat San Antonio twice, Dallas twice, Portland twice, Memphis twice, Atlanta twice and Miami, Boston and Oklahoma City once apiece.

"I guess I was surprised at the offseason stuff and off the court stuff," said Williams. "Some things came up that Nate (Portland head coach and former coaching mentor McMillian) and Pop (Spurs head coach Gregg) couldn't have anticipated or prepared me for."

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that individual playoff tickets for the first two home games of the first round will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at, by calling 1-800-4NBATIX, at the New Orleans Arena box office and all TicketMaster outlets.


Fans who want to purchase playoff tickets before the general public should sign up for Bee-Mail at, like the Hornets Facebook page, follow the Hornets on Twitter or text BUZZ to 95615 to sign up for Mobile Buzz text alerts to have access to an exclusive pre-sale on Friday, April 8 at 9 a.m. 


“After clinching the playoffs tonight with our victory over the Houston Rockets, we are excited to begin the process of packing the Hive for the Hornets 2011 Playoffs presented by our partners from Hornbeck Offshore and Ochsner Health System,” said Hornets President Hugh Weber.  “We hope the city of New Orleans will continue to show their IN-ness for our team as we look ahead to another exciting run through the post-season.”   


A special pre-sale link and password will be e-mailed to all Bee-Mail subscribers, posted on the Hornets Facebook and Twitter pages and texted to Mobile Buzz subscribers the morning of Friday, April 8 to allow access to purchasing playoff tickets through the pre-sale.


To secure the best seats for the playoffs, fans can show they’re IN for the Hornets and purchase season tickets for the 2011-12 season. 


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by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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