Home game vs. Heat highlights Pelicans preseason
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Through a multi-year agreement between the two franchises, the New Orleans Pelicans and Miami Heat alternate hosting the other each NBA preseason. The arrangement benefited New Orleans in 2012 in the form of a preseason ESPN national TV game at Miami.
This year, the deal means the Heat are coming back to the Crescent City in October, as they also did in 2010. The defending two-time NBA champions will face the Pelicans in the renovated New Orleans Arena at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. It’s the only home game New Orleans will play in its building during the 2013 preseason. The other seven games will take place in seven different cities. In addition to the home tilt vs. the Heat, here are a few other things to note about the Pelicans’ eight-game preseason slate:
• The Pelicans’ preseason opener of Oct. 5 at Houston is a bit earlier than usual, but the Rockets are getting the game in prior to their lengthy trip to the Philippines to face Indiana in an Oct. 10 game.
• New Orleans opens with three consecutive road games, visiting Dallas on Oct. 7 and going to Jacksonville to play Orlando on Oct. 9.
• The Pelicans are playing a regional home game in Biloxi, Miss., on the afternoon of Sunday, Oct. 13 against the Atlanta Hawks. Tip-off in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum is 1 p.m.
• The Oct. 19 preseason game at the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena between the Pelicans and Wizards is a hot ticket. The teams feature former UK standouts Anthony Davis, Darius Miller and John Wall. Davis and Wall were No. 1 overall draft picks.