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Can the Hornets Win Under New Ownership?

SodaHead Sports 2012/04/13 20:00:00
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Let's face it: the New Orleans Hornets have not been a very good basketball team for a long, long time. The team did show some flashes of brilliance under All-Star point guard Chris Paul, but when he saw the franchise was going in the wrong direction, he got out and got out fast. But who could blame him? According to ESPN and the official Hornets Twitter feed, the franchise may finally get some semblance of direction.

The Hornets announced that New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has bought the team from the NBA, since the league ran its basketball operations, due to previous ownership's severe financial woes. The NBA had been trying to sell the team for quite some time and now got their wish -- with a New Orleans guy nonetheless.

However, it'll take more than a new owner to fill up seats for the Hornets, as they must win some games and get back into playoff contention and maybe -- just maybe -- become a championship-caliber team. That all, of course, takes time. According to ESPN, Tom Benson purchased the team for a reported $338 million, but it's unclear at this time if the team will actually remain in New Orleans and if the community can support two major professional teams (the Saints and the Hornets.) What do you think?

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  • Tarheel 2012/05/05 23:25:51
    Yes
    Tarheel
    Probably. As a Charlottean, I'm still upset that idiot George Shinn was even allowed to move the Hornets to New Orleans. For a very long time, Hornets fans filled the Coliseum. It was sad to see them go.
  • sketchbone 2012/04/17 02:21:42
    Yes
    sketchbone
    Definitely maybe.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/04/15 22:08:31
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    All they have to do is follow the example set by the New Orleans Saints and offer bounties to the Hornet players who can destroy the opposing players and send them to the hospital! LOL !

    They can also put salt peter in the Gumbo sent to the hotel rooms of the opponents!
  • Corsair 2012/04/15 07:24:33
    No
    Corsair
    Can somebody say Anthony Davis 1st overall if not the 2012 draft? I mean if they're really that bad, it's between them and the Cavs to pull one of those basement battles for the number 1 draft spot. Might as well make use of the losses as long as it's going to help in the long run.
  • Sterling 2012/04/15 05:01:34
    Yes
    Sterling
    I'm sure they CAN win, I just doubt they WILL win.
  • ajracestables1 2012/04/14 22:06:22
    Yes
    ajracestables1
    I'm sure they will.
  • BigKwell 2012/04/14 19:59:34
    No
    BigKwell
    They couldn't win even when they were in Charlotte!
  • johnmichal 2012/04/14 16:07:28
  • Pops 2012/04/14 16:00:31
    Yes
    Pops
    Yea anyone can win at any given time !
  • harley oldman 2012/04/14 14:17:18
    Yes
    harley oldman
    YEP.... Just keep them off Bourbon St. a coupla` days before the Games.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/04/14 13:39:23
    Yes
    TimothyBrianFoley
    they can do anything as long as they set thier minds to it
  • David (oYo) 2012/04/14 10:53:21
  • Wanderer 2012/04/14 09:18:55
    Yes
    Wanderer
    There should be a maybe button!!
  • Vinny 2012/04/14 07:11:47
    Yes
    Vinny
    +1
    It possible!
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/04/14 07:04:22
    Yes
    nothingbutthetruth
    +1
    So long as the Team continue to play good and keep their focus on their goal, they can succeed.
  • Gregaj7 2012/04/14 05:43:06
    Yes
    Gregaj7
    Tom can do the same thing with the Hornets as he did with the Saints.
  • Andy Fletcher 2012/04/14 01:35:35
    Yes
    Andy Fletcher
    Not a big basketball fan. I find it boring, yet I love MLB? WTF? Even I can't explain that.
    But yeah. They spend the right money in the right way, sure, why not.
    What they should have done is stay in OKC when they had the chance. They were having major trouble filling seats before Katrina. Here in OKC they were pretty much sold out every home game. Unlike the Sonics, the franchise would have likely kept the Hornet name, and OKC loved having them here. I didn't but that's because I was working downtown by the venue and it made it tough to get home on game nights.
  • wes 2012/04/14 00:09:57
    No
    wes
    They suck....
  • rockyjr5 2012/04/13 22:13:28
    Yes
    rockyjr5
    I think so.
  • gone i guess 2012/04/13 22:10:28
    No
    gone i guess
    its bad team
  • jacktown kid 2012/04/13 20:36:42
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    +1
    with time effort and MONEY it will happen

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