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No modern NBA team has dealt with adversity on a scale equal to what the New Orleans Hornets have faced. They are the league's only team to be displaced from their home for two seasons because of a natural disaster. The Hornets were originally located in Charlotte when they entered the NBA as an expansion team in 1988. Charlotte enjoyed some success in the 1990s behind stars Larry Johnson, Alonzo Mourning, and Glen Rice. When these stars left through trades and free agency, declining attendance led to the team moving to New Orleans in 2002. Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and forced the Hornets to relocate to Oklahoma City from 2005 to 2007. Once the city was sufficiently repaired, the Hornets returned to New Orleans in 2007.
New Orleans Arena, Home to the New Orleans Hornets
The New Orleans Hornets have called the 17,188-seat New Orleans Arena home since moving from Charlotte, N.C., in 2002. Due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the team also played a number of home games in Oklahoma City from 2005-07. The most significant NBA contest to be played here was the seventh game of a Western Conference Semifinal series with the San Antonio Spurs on May 19, 2008. The Spurs claimed a 91-82 win that evening. The 2008 All-Star Game was held here on Feb. 17th of that year. The Arena Football League's championship game was also played here on July 29, 2007. Several concerts have also been held here, including performances by Tim McGraw, the Police, and Britney Spears.
New Orleans Hornets and the Western Conference
The New Orleans Hornets belong to the Southwest Division of the Western Conference along with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and Houston Rockets. Previously known as the Charlotte Hornets, the team played in the Eastern Conference during the 1988-1989 season before moving to the Western Conference for the 1989-1990 season. Afterward, the team moved back into the Eastern Conference before relocating to the city of New Orleans in 2002 and once again changing conferences. As the New Orleans Hornets, the team won a division title in 2008 but have yet to visit the conference championship or NBA Finals.
New Orleans Hornets 2012 Team Outlook
The New Orleans Hornets will head into the 2012 season with an uncertainty they haven't felt since drafting point guard Chris Paul in 2005. Paul, their star and face of the franchise, is most likely going to be dealt for younger talent with less financial baggage. The pieces acquired in a trade will inevitably steer the Hornets' season in a positive or negative direction. Making the right move may bolster the supporting talent to a run into the playoffs. Failing to capitalize on moving the star could sink the season.