Okafor press conference, schedule release Tuesday

Sunday, August 2, 2009
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Tuesday is shaping up to be one of the more newsworthy days of the Hornets’ 2009 offseason. Not only will the team officially welcome Emeka Okafor at an introductory press conference in downtown New Orleans, but the 2009-10 NBA schedule will also be released that afternoon.

Okafor is expected to meet with local NOLA media members in the early afternoon to discuss joining the Hornets after his five seasons with the Bobcats. Free agent Ike Diogu’s press conference was held Thursday.

In terms of the Hornets’ regular season schedule announcement, perhaps the most interesting aspect will be learning how many national television games they will have in 2009-10. New Orleans earned a team-record 13 national TV games last season, but after dropping from 56 to 49 wins and being ousted in the first round of the '09 playoffs, what will the number be this time? On the other hand, with Chris Paul essentially becoming a megastar in the NBA, will the total be roughly the same? We will all find out the answer in roughly 48 hours.