The buzz is gone for the New Orleans Hornets
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The New Orleans Hornets' game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night should have been a highlight on the local sports calendar, a circle-the-date standout in the 41-game home schedule.
LSU and the New Orleans Saints were off. The weather was ideal. And one of the NBA's star-studded teams was in town for a marquee early-season battle.
It should have been a sellout. Instead, the New Orleans Arena was about two-thirds full - official attendance was announced at 14,547 – and there was a noticeable lack of buzz in the air.
And, really, who could blame the fans? They knew exactly what was going to happen on the court.
This isn't how it's supposed to work in Year 2 of a rebuilding campaign, especially after you land the No. 1 player in the draft and secure popular local ownership.
The Thunder went to the playoffs in Year 3 of the Kevin Durant-Russell Westbrook era. The Spurs won it all in Year 3 of Greg Popovich's tenure.
The Hornets, meanwhile, are spinning their wheels and spinning rhetoric about the promising future.
Any thoughts on this? Seems a bit to early to be calling the rebuild a failure already.