Monday, May 30, 2005

Overtime

What is the world coming too? People work to earn the money they need to support themselves. Some people even work overtime just to feed the family or pay the bills. So what happens when people work the overtime hours and do not get paid for it?

In New Orleans eight people have filed for lawsuits against their former employer, the New Orleans Hornets. These eight people are claiming that they worked extra hours, overtime hours, and were not paid for it. In fact, they were threatened by certain Hornet officials that they would lose their jobs if they didn’t show the willingness to work beyond normal business hours.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Sign 'em Up

The New Orleans Hornets have decided exercise their option on rookie forward Jackson Vroman. That means the forward will stay with the team though the 2005-06 season. Vroman was originally acquired from the Phoenix Suns along with Casey Jacobsen and Maciej Lampe in exchange for Jim Jackson and a 2005 second round draft pick.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Mott Named Hornets President

from the official Site of the New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets announced that they have hired Paul Mott as the team's president.

In his new role, Mott will oversee all business aspects of the franchise, including strategic planning, business development, sales, marketing and branding and day-to-day operations. He will begin with the team after relocating from New York with his wife.

"This hire will help us become a premiere franchise in the National Basketball Association," said Hornets Owner George Shinn. "Paul's remarkable experience in professional sports and the leadership skills he has exhibited throughout his career as an executive, an educator and a coach will help us enhance the position of our organization both locally and nationally. I believe I hired the best coach in Byron Scott, and now I've added the best front office executive in Paul Mott."

Mott comes to the Hornets from the NBA office in New York, where he has served as the senior director of team marketing and business development since December 2001. While in that position, he worked with eight different NBA franchises (including the Hornets) on relevant issues key to each respective team, including marketing, development, public and community relations and ticketing.

"Paul's leadership, teamwork and consensus building skills were evident in working with teams in the NBA, WNBA and NBDL to achieve their goals," said NBA Commissioner David Stern. "Undoubtedly, his background as an educator and proven sports executive will be a valuable asset to the New Orleans Hornets organization and their fans."

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

In the End

from the official site of the New Orleans Hornets
The Hornets closed out the regular season with a loss to the L.A. Clippers…overall, the Hornets are now 9-8 all-time in season finales…that includes wins in their seven of their last eight finales(four of the last five at home)…the team had not lost a season finale at home since the 1995-96 season and now has a 5-2 all-time record at home on the last day of the regular season.

The Hornets finished the regular season with a record of 18-64…with the loss to the Clippers, the team finished with the worst record in franchise history…the 1989-90 Hornets went 19-63 on the year…coincidentally, that was the Hornets’ only other season as a Western Conference team…the Hornets streak of 12 straight seasons with a .500 or better record also came to an end this season.

Monday, May 02, 2005

And the winner is...

Five ties among teams that finished the 2004-05 regular season with identical records were broken today through random drawings to help determine the order of selection for NBA Draft 2005, which will be held on Tuesday, June 28, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The drawings were conducted live on NBA TV earlier today at the St. Regis Hotel in New York by Stu Jackson, NBA Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The results of the random drawings:

  • New Orleans (18-64) won a tie-breaker with Charlotte
  • Toronto (33-49) won a tie-breaker with New York
  • Golden State (34-48) won a tie-breaker with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Boston (45-37) won a tie-breaker over Memphis and Washington; Memphis then won a tie-breaker with Washington
  • San Antonio (59-23) won a tie-breaker with Miami

Attached is the order of selection for the first round of NBA Draft 2005, as well as the number of chances for teams in NBA Draft Lottery 2005, to be held May 24, at the NBA Entertainment studio in Secaucus, New Jersey.