More national TV exposure for Hornets

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

Just days after we were notified that Sunday's game in Detroit will be televised by ABC, the network has added a second Hornets game. The Sunday, April 6 home game vs. Golden State will now also be broadcast on ABC, moving the start time of that contest to noon.

In other Hornets scheduling news, Sunday’s New Orleans at Detroit game will now begin at noon. All fans are invited to a Northshore watch party at the Acme Oyster House in Covington, located at 1202 N. Highway 190. Hugo the Hornet and the Honeybees dance team will be in attendance to entertain fans, and there will be multiple free giveaways handed out to fans throughout the day.

Sunday's game at Detroit will be the first time the Hornets have appeared on network TV since the franchise moved to New Orleans in 2002-03.

Hornets rank 6, 7 or 8 in every power poll

New Orleans’ loss at Houston appears to have slightly affected the team’s status in national media power rankings, with the Hornets moving down in four of five polls we surveyed. In Sports Illustrated's online list, New Orleans rose in the rankings, going from 10th to eighth.

Time for our Tuesday look at where the Hornets stand among the 30 NBA teams in the polls:

Dime Magazine (6th, down 1 spot): “The bench was bolstered by picking up Birdman. But between second-unit guards Jannero Pargo, Mike James and Bonzi Wells, who’s going to pass him the ball?” (7th, down 1 spot): “The Hornets are just 5-5 since the trade deadline and have a rough week (Spurs, Lakers, at Pistons) ahead of them. They’ve got a couple of days off before San Antonio comes to town on Wednesday, and it would be nice if David West and/or Bonzi Wells got healthy by then.” (8th, up 1 spot): “How did the Hornets earn the unwanted distinction of ranking last on our list of most favorable remaining schedules for the West’s top nine? This week didn’t help: Spurs and Lakers at home, followed by a visit to Detroit.”

Sporting News (8th, down 1 spot): “The Birdman is back. Good for him, but don’t expect him to make that much difference in the West.” (8th, down 2 spots): “They missed David West (sprained ankle) in that loss at Houston that ended a three-game winning streak. They will need to have their All-Star forward back for this week’s slate against the Spurs, Lakers and Pistons.”