When not much is just enough
About the pro teams: the Saints belong more to the NFL than the city of New Orleans; that's how things go when each and every franchise in your league, and the entire league itself, is a monstrously viable business commodity. The Hornets, though, could easily not play this coming season. They mean nothing to the competitive make-up of the Association, garner little or interest from anyone outside of NOLA (if there, even), can't boast anything in the way of star power, and are inconclusively dismal enough to not even register as a Hawks-like punchline.
Hornets basketball isn't inextricably tied to local identity (see
I'm usually not into this character crap when it comes to scouting, but in this case, you've got to think that drafting Chris Paul was a more valuable choice than they could've ever known at the time.