Hornets Thank Fans for Being IN in 2010-11

Hornets Thank Fans For Being ‘In’ in 2010-11
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
May 5, 2011

As a group of over 100 Hornets employees and game-night personnel danced in a second line along Poydras Street on May 4, several members held up blue and white signs that read “THANK YOU FOR BEING IN.” Although he looked like he was trying to blend in as much as possible, there was one participant in the second line whose sign stood out as a bit higher than everyone else’s – Hornets first-year head coach Monty Williams, a former NBA player who is 6-foot-8.

Williams, along with Hornets team president Hugh Weber and general manager Dell Demps, decided to personally show their appreciation for fans by participating in Wednesday’s “Thank You Fans” festivities in downtown New Orleans. After the second line on Poydras, fans who stopped by One Shell Square were treated to a free snowball treat during their lunch hour.

“The fans and the community here in the city, the way they’ve embraced my family has been awesome,” Williams said. “I’m looking forward to that challenge (of improving the Hornets in the future), and looking forward to being here in this city for a long time.”

“I thought the fans were incredible this year,” Demps said. “The New Orleans community has been great to all of us, to our families, and have welcomed us here. It’s just a fun place to be.”

Wednesday’s event was preceded by Tuesday’s “Thank You Fans” activities in the uptown and downtown portions of New Orleans. Hornets employees, along with members of the Buzz Patrol and Honeybees dance team, handed out free T-shirts, team posters and various other items while riding the city’s streetcar line. Hundreds of fans took advantage of the giveaway as they stood near the streetcar routes along Carrollton Avenue, St. Charles Avenue and areas near Canal Street in the Central Business District.