2006 NBA draft
The 2006 NBA draft was held on June 28, 2006, at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U. S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. This was the only time the New Orleans Hornets would draft under the temporary name of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets as the city of New Orleans was still recovering from the events of Hurricane Katrina after the 2005-06 NBA season. Italian Andrea Bargnani was selected first overall by Toronto Raptors, he became the second player without competitive experience in the United States to be drafted first overall. Prior to the draft he was playing with Italian club Benetton Treviso for 3 years. Sixth overall pick Brandon Roy from University of Washington was named Rookie of the Year for the 2006–07 season. Roy was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves but his draft rights were traded to Portland Trail Blazers on draft day.
Portland acquired the draft rights to second overall pick from University of Texas, LaMarcus Aldridge from Chicago Bulls on draft day. The University of Connecticut had four players selected in the first round, tying the record set by Duke University in 1999 and the University of North Carolina in 2005; these players were Rudy Gay, Hilton Armstrong, Marcus Williams, Josh Boone. With Denham Brown selected in the second round, Connecticut became the first school to have five players selected in a two-round draft. Connecticut joined eight other schools that had five players selected in a single draft, second only to the UNLV, who had six players selected in the eight-round 1977 draft; some of these players not selected in this year's draft have played in the NBA. The new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association took into effect starting in this year's draft. Under the new agreement, high school players were not eligible for selection; the new rules stated that high school players must wait one year after their high school class graduates and must be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the draft.
The basic requirements for draft eligibility are: All drafted players must be at least 19 years of age during the calendar year of the draft. Any player, not an "international player", as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class; the CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the U. S. for three years before the draft, did not complete high school in the U. S. and have never enrolled at a U. S. college or university. The basic requirement for automatic eligibility for a U. S. player is the completion of his college eligibility. Players who meet the CBA definition of "international players" are automatically eligible if their 22nd birthday falls during or before the calendar year of the draft. A player, not automatically eligible must declare his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no than 60 days before the draft. An early entry candidate is allowed to withdraw his eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no than 10 days before the draft.
On June 19, 2006, NBA announced that 37 college players and 10 international players had filed as early-entry candidates for the 2006 Draft, while 47 players who had declared as early entry candidates had withdrawn from the draft. The first 14 picks in the draft belonged to teams; the lottery would determine the three teams. The remaining first-round picks and the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss record in the previous season. On April 20, 2007, the NBA performed a tie-breaker to determine the order of the picks for teams with identical win-loss record; the 2006 Draft Lottery was held on May 2006, in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Toronto Raptors, who had the fifth-worst record, won; the Chicago Bulls, who acquired the New York Knicks' first-round draft pick from a previous trade, landed the second overall pick. The Portland Trail Blazers who had the best chance to land the top pick fell out of the top three and had to settle with 4th pick. Portland's 4th pick was the lowest possible pick.
Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2006 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places: ^ a: New York Knicks' pick was conveyed to the Chicago Bulls. The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft. A 1 2 Portland acquired the draft rights to 2nd pick LaMarcus Aldridge a 2007 second-round draft pick from Chicago in exchange for the draft rights to 4th pick Tyrus Thomas and Viktor Khryapa. B 1 2 Portland acquired the draft rights to 6th pick Brandon Roy from Minnesota in exchange for the draft rights to 7th pick Randy Foye. Portland acquired the draft rights to 7th pick Randy Foye, Raef LaFrentz and Dan Dickau from Boston in exchange for Sebastian Telfair, Theo Ratliff and a 2008 second-round draft pick. C Memphis acquired the draft rights to 8th pick Rudy Gay and Stromile Swift from Houston in exchange for Shane Battier; the trade was finalized on July 12, 2006. D 1 2 Chicago acquired the draft rights to 13th pick Thabo Sefolosha from Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to 16th pick Rodney Carney, a 2007 second-round draft pick and cash con
2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup
The 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup was the 17th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the tournament known as the FIBA World Championship. Hosted by Spain, it was the last tournament to be held on the then-current four-year cycle; the next FIBA World Cup will be held five years in 2019, to reset the four-year-cycle on a different year than the FIFA World Cup. The United States won their fifth world championship, after beating silver medal winning Serbia in the Final. France claimed the third place. FIBA opened the bidding process on 10 January 2008 and all the letters of intent were submitted on 30 April 2008. Nine countries showed interest in hosting the event, as in order, they were Spain, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Italy and China. Among the nine, only three were shortlisted by FIBA: China which would have hosted the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship that year, Italy which last hosted a FIBA tournament in EuroBasket Women 2007, FIBA EuroBasket 2007 host Spain. On 23 May 2009, after voting by the FIBA Central Board in Geneva in which the Chinese and Spanish representatives abstained, China was the first to be eliminated in the first round of voting.
In the final round, Arvydas Sabonis and Saša Djordjević announced that Spain won the hosting rights with eleven votes as opposed to Italy's eight. The Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid was the main venue, hosting the final and half of the matches in the final round. While no arenas from the 1986 FIBA World Championship were reused, the current Madrid arena was built on the site of the original venue, destroyed by fire in 2001, a venue used in 1986. Amongst venues used in FIBA EuroBasket 2007, the arenas in Granada and Madrid were reused. One arena, the Gran Canaria Arena, was the only new venue, being built after the tournament was awarded to Spain; the other cities hosted a group. On 17 April 2010, Barcelona was added to the list of cities to hold games, bringing the total venues to six; this was Barcelona's first time being part of a major international event in basketball since the 1997 EuroBasket, in which the Palau Sant Jordi hosted the final stages. Barcelona will host half including a semifinal.
Below is a list of the confirmed venues which were used to host games during the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Connor Floor was the official supplier of the basketball courts for each of the six sites. There were 24 teams taking part in the 2014 World Cup of Basketball. After the 2012 Olympics, the continental allocation for FIBA Americas was reduced by one when the United States won the Olympic tournament, automatically qualifying them for the 2014 World Cup. Host nation: 1 berth 2012 Summer Olympics: 12 teams competing for 1 berth, removed from that country's FIBA zone FIBA Asia: 15 teams competing for 3 berths FIBA Oceania: 2 teams competing for 2 berths FIBA Africa: 16 teams competing for 3 berths FIBA Americas: 10 teams competing for 4 berths FIBA Europe: 24 teams competing for 6 berths Wild card: 4 berths As of 21 September 2013, twenty teams had qualified for the final tournament in 2014. To complete the 24-team tournament, FIBA would announce the four wild cards after a meeting in Barcelona on 1–2 February 2014.
But the FIBA Central Board decided not to trim the list of wild card applicants on their Buenos Aires meeting, making all 15 teams eligible to be selected on the February meeting at Barcelona. On 1 February 2014, FIBA announced that it had allocated the wild cards to Brazil, Finland and Turkey. On the FIBA Central Board meeting in Buenos Aires, FIBA suspended the basketball federations of Guatemala and Senegal indefinitely "due to their inability to properly function as the governing body for basketball in their respective countries." The Senegalese federation was suspended due to age fabrication in the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for Men and for Women. On 2 February, FIBA lifted the suspension on the Senegalese federation after they complied with all of the requirements imposed by the FIBA, clearing the way for the participation of its national team in the tournament; this was the first time the new expanded free throw lane, the restricted arc, extended three point line took effect in the tournament.
The final round was held in two arenas: in the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid and Palau Sant Jordi, as opposed to a singular arena in 2010. The arrangement of the round of 16 match-ups in the bracket were changed. In 2010, a team from Group A or B can meet a team from Group C or D as early in the quarterfinals, cannot meet their groupmates until the semifinals. In 2014, teams from Groups A and B were in one half of the bracket played in Madrid, while teams from Groups C and D were in the other half and played in Barcelona. In 2010, the round of 16 games were held in two matches per day. From the semifinals onward, unlike in 2010 where the semifinals were held in one day, the third-place playoff and the final on the next day, the semifinals in 2014 were held on two days, followed by the third-place playoff the next day, the final on the day after, or one game per day; the classification round for 5th place was eliminated
2015 FIBA Americas Championship
The 2015 FIBA Americas Championship for Men known as the FIBA AmeriCup, was the FIBA Americas qualifying tournament for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, in Brazil. This FIBA AmeriCup tournament was held in Mexico; the tournament was won for the first time by the Venezuelan national basketball team. Venezuela and runner-up Argentina, qualified directly for the 2016 Olympics, they joined the FIBA Americas member, United States, who qualified for the Olympics by virtue of winning the 2014 FIBA World Cup, they elected not to participate at this tournament. Canada and Puerto Rico, the next three highest-finishing teams, qualified for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, but none of them won their respective qualifying tournaments, therefore eliminating their 2016 Olympic hopes; the tournament had great attendance every day, breaking FIBA Americas records, had attendances of 20,000 people, at the third place and finals games. Host country Mexico Central American and Caribbean Sub-Zone: Puerto Rico Dominican Republic Cuba Panama North American Sub-Zone: Canada South American Sub-Zone: Venezuela Argentina Brazil Uruguay On 7 August 2014 at the day of the 2014 Centrobasket final, FIBA Americas announced that Mexico was chosen as the host of the championship, over Brazil and Venezuela.
The tournament was to be staged at the Monterrey Arena but on 9 May 2015, the venue was moved to the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City, that the dates were changed to 6 September to 12 September. The draw was held in Museum of Steel, Fundidora Park, Nuevo Leon on 25 March; this was how the teams were seeded: All times are local. All times are local. All times are local. Finalists qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics, while losing semifinalists qualify to the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men. Heissler Guillént Andrew Wiggins Andrés Nocioni Luis Scola Gustavo Ayón
2010 FIBA World Championship
The 2010 FIBA World Championship was the 16th FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship contested by the men's national teams. The tournament ran from August 28 to September 12, 2010, it was co-organized by the International Basketball Federation, Turkish Basketball Federation and the 2010 Organizing Committee. It was considered as prestigious a competition as the Olympic Basketball Tournament; the tournament was hosted by Turkey. For the third time, the World Championship had 24 competing nations; as a result, the group stage games were played in four cities, the knockout round was hosted by Istanbul. The United States won the tournament for their fourth time after going undefeated in the Opening Round and beating host Turkey in the final; the draw for the Championship took place on December 2009 in Istanbul. Teams were drawn into four preliminary round groups of six teams each. Teams first played a round-robin schedule, with the top sixteen teams advancing to the knockout stage.
Three bids from six countries – France, a joint bid from former Yugoslav republics Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro, Slovenia – made their final presentation during the FIBA's 20-member Central Board in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on December 5, 2004. Australia and New Zealand, Italy and Puerto Rico announced their intention to bid from the tournament, but withdrew their bids prior to the votes. France won the first round of voting, but Turkey won the right to host after the joint bidders were knocked out in the first round; the tournament was the first time that Turkey has hosted the event and marked the first World Championship held in Europe since the 1998 FIBA World Championship was held in Greece. Below is a list of the venues; each preliminary round group was hosted in a single arena in Kayseri, Ankara, İzmir. The knockout phase moved to Istanbul's Sinan Erdem Dome. Ankara Arena, completed in 2010, Kadir Has Arena, completed in 2008, were built for the championships, while the other three arenas underwent renovations for the event.
Turkey automatically qualified as the host country, the United States received an automatic berth for winning the 2008 Olympic Men's Basketball Tournament. Most other teams secured their places in continental qualifying tournaments. FIBA invited four "wild card" teams; the four wild cards were determined by FIBA through criteria. For example, a team must have played in the Zone's qualification tournament to receive recommendation. In order for every team to have an opportunity for a wild card, a maximum of three teams from any Zone can be allotted a wild card entry. Once these requirements are satisfied, FIBA looks at other important factors; those include popularity of basketball within the country, success of the team, government support for the team's National Federation. As of 2009, FIBA now requires that wild card candidates pay a late registration fee to be considered. Fourteen teams paid the 500,000 € fee to apply for one of the four wild card spots. FIBA whittled down the teams to eight semifinalists – Cameroon, Great Britain, Lebanon, Lithuania and Russia.
On Saturday, December 12, FIBA awarded Germany, Lebanon and Russia the four wild cards. The following 24 teams qualified for the final tournament: The draw held on December 15 divided the qualified teams into four groups of six, groups A, B, C, D, as listed for the preliminary round. Aside from the fact that those teams in the same line would not be in the same preliminary round groups, there were no other restrictions on how teams may be drawn. At the start of tournament, all 24 participating countries had 12 players on their rosters. Final squads for the tournament were due on August two days before the start of competition. Angola and the United States were the only teams made up of domestic players. Slovenia was the only team composed of individuals playing outside the domestic league; the Canada squad consisted of individuals playing outside the country, but at that time Canada had no professional league operating in the country. The National Basketball Association, based in the U. S. has a Canadian team, several minor leagues operate on both sides of the U.
S.—Canada border. Four Canadian squad members played in U. S.-based competitions—two with U. S.-based NBA teams, two for Gonzaga University's team. Forty-one NBA players were selected to compete in the most of any league. Greece and Serbia both began the tournament shorthanded when each had two players suspended for their roles in a brawl at the World Championship tuneup Acropolis Tournament, held in mid-August; the two teams engaged in a chaotic brawl with 2:40 left when Greece's Antonis Fotsis threatened Serbia's Miloš Teodosić after Teodosić committed a foul. The fight spilled into the locker room tunnel. Serbian center Nenad Krstić was held overnight for throwing a chair in the brawl. For their roles in the melee, Krstić was suspended for the first three games of the tournament, while Teodosić, Greece's Fotsis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis were suspended for the first two games. Both Greek coach Jona
Brazil national basketball team
The Brazil national basketball team is governed by the Brazilian Basketball Confederation, abbreviated as CBB. They have been a member of the International Federation of Basketball, since 1935. Brazil's national basketball team remains among the most successful in the Americas, it is the only team besides the United States, that has appeared at every FIBA Basketball World Cup, since it was first held in 1950. Throughout its history, the Brazilian national team has won two FIBA World Cup gold medals, three Summer Olympic Games bronze medals, four FIBA AmeriCup gold medals, six Pan American Games gold medals. Basketball was introduced to Brazil by Professor Augusto Shaw in 1896. In 1912, he began organizing the first state tournament and in 1922 the first national team made its debut at games against Argentina and Uruguay; as in the case of football, South America was ahead of the rest of the world and in 1930 held the first edition of the FIBA South American Championship. In that decade, Brazilian basketball was supported by professional football clubs, to include it as a new sports section, although amateur in nature.
These clubs became professional and supported the national team with world-class players. In the following years, Brazil became a regular at major international competitions, its basketball squad participated in the first official basketball tournament at the Summer Olympics 1936 in Berlin. In 1939, the first continental championship was held in Rio de Janeiro. In the 40s, basketball left the elitist stigma; the sport received the ultimate accolade at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. There, against all odds, the team directed by Moacyr Daiuto managed to achieve the bronze medal; the team recorded six straight wins. In the bronze medal match, Brazil beat Mexico, they managed to feature ten amateur players. The pre-Olympic Brazil concentration was poor in resources. After its time-consuming journey to London, the team was astonishment when they saw how the U. S. team practiced: each player with a ball. Brazil only had two for the whole team. One of the fundamental pillars of Brazilian basketball was the boldness of its coaches.
The "father" of them all is Togo Renan Soares, "Kanela". Working in the shadow of the giant football, Kanela understood that basketball would add more followers if it could only offer new emotions, he aimed to get the influential media involved, so the game was conceived as a spectacle based on its dynamism and aesthetics. The formula worked. Besides the national team, he coached Flamengo which chained ten titles Rio de Janeiro State Championships in a row. Born in Joao Pessoa, he coached football and water polo. In his youth, he studied at a military college, his lengthy workouts alternated with authoritative teaching tone. The unstoppable rise of basketball was confirmed at the second World Championship in Rio; the Brazilian team, coached by Kanela, reached the final undefeated and proclaimed runner-up after losing to the global hegemonic basketball power from the U. S; that Brazilian team was equipped with experienced players who won the bronze medal at the 1948 London Summer Olmpic Games, supported through the arrival of two young men.
These young men were Amaury Pasos and Wlamir Marques, 18 and 17 years old, respectively. The bet of the visionary Kanela would give tremendous returns in years; the Brazilian player leap happened when the team was made up of willing and enthusiastic amateurs. These athletes, who were initiated into the game self-taught by imitation of American basketball players who had toured the country; the hard work of Kanela consisted of giving these players basic fundamentals and lecture them on team concepts. Amaury and Wlamir were his most successful students, their jump shots dazzled at the 54 FIBA World Cup. "Their scoring was smart and technically perfect." Said the Brazilian journalist Fábio Balassiano. Before playing basketball, who measured 1.91 m tall, had practiced swimming and volleyball, which provided him with much athletic ability. Amaury began his career playing as a typical center and power forward, but he learned to play away from the basket, to play as a play maker, his partner, was another former track runner.
Standing 1.85 m tall, Wlamir was a great shooter, had great ball handling skills, enormous agility and jumping ability, which helped him to become an excellent rebounder. Amaury and Wlamir fit well into Kanela's system: fast pace, quick transition, full confidence in the outside shooters. After three months of intense preparation at a Marine base, Brazil was presented at the 1959 FIBA World Championship in Chile, as a candidate for the podium. In addition to the U. S. a tough opponent emerged, absent in the previous tournament: the Soviet Union, the 1957 EuroBasket champions and 1956 Summer Olympics silver medalists. Kanela had the following starting lineup: Amaury Pasos as play maker, Wlamir Marques and the 33-year old veteran, Algodão, as wings. To complete his 7-player rotation, Kanela played his bench players, small forward Jatyr Schall and point guard Pecente Fonseca. There were some minutes for the young forward Rosa Branca, a great ball handler, who received an offer to join the Harlem Globetrotters.
In 2012, Brazil
The Flamengo Basketball team is a professional basketball team, located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is a part of the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo multi-sports club family; the club's full name is Basquetebol. The club's used short names are C. R. F. Basquete, C. R. Flamengo Basquete, Flamengo Basquete, FlaBasquete. Flamengo is one of the most traditional and successful basketball teams in Brazil, having won the top-tier level Brazilian National League title six times, once during the Brazilian Basketball Championship era, five times during the NBB era; the team won the South American second-tier level FIBA South American League in 2009, the South American top-tier level FIBA Americas League in 2014, the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 2014. Brazil's senior national team's all time legend, Oscar Schmidt, played with Flamengo between 1999 and 2003, is one of the most important players in the club's history; the red and black basketball team won its first championship in club history in 1919, while playing in the championship of the city of Rio de Janeiro.
The club won the Rio de Janeiro State Championship in 1932. When the Rio de Janeiro State Championship was again won in 1933, the team was still undefeated. In 1934 and 1935 they won the Rio de Janeiro State Championship title again. Hélio Maurício Gym nowadays is used only by the Flamengo Youth Basketball Team, but for a long time the gym received the professional team matches, including matches of the National League The gym is quite small, with a seating capacity of 800 people for basketball games. Due to the small capacity, traditionally the professional team used the Maracanãzinho, HSBC Arena, Carioca Arena 1 when a bigger attendance is expected; the gym is part of the Gávea complex, that includes other two gyms, several tennis court, swimming pools, restaurants and the Gavea Stadium. Flamengo Basketball professional team played their home matches at HSBC Arena. Ginásio do Maracanãzinho, sometimes called just Maracanãzinho, is a modern indoor arena, located in Maracanã neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Its formal name, Ginásio Gilberto Cardoso, honors a former Clube de Regatas. The capacity of the arena is 11,800 for basketball games, it was opened in 1954. Located near the Maracanã Stadium, Maracanãzinho means Little Maracanã. For the 2007 Pan American Games, the gym was remodeled, with new central air conditioning, an added four-sided scoreboard, a new sound system, a dome which allows natural lighting during the day, new comfortable seating, adaptions to all international requirements; as a result, the Maracanãzinho became a venue for the volleyball competitions of the 2007 Pan American Games, many other international competitions. After the renovations, the capacity of the arena was reduced from 13,000 to 11,800 spectators for futsal; the arena became more comfortable for spectators, as the field of vision was increased for better viewing of the arena floor. HSBC Arena indoor multi-purpose arena located in the neighborhood of Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the arena was completed in 2007, has a seating capacity of 15,430 people for basketball games.
It hosted the basketball and gymnastics events at the 2007 Pan American Games. In December 2007, the arena started being operated by GL Events, who operates the nearby Riocentro Convention Center and the Riocentro Sports Complex, started hosting music concerts from a various hand of artists. Starting 29 March 2008, the arena started to be called HSBC Arena, as part of a naming rights agreement with the bank; the arena started to receive Flamengo Basketball team in 2009, for the playoff's games of NBB League, is the home of the team to the 09–10 season Flamengo has used the Ginásio Álvaro Vieira Lima as a home arena. It has a seating capacity of 3,000 people for basketball games; the arena has been used as the home arena of Flamengo, of the Novo Basquete Brasil, during the regular season and early playoff rounds. The arena is referred to as the Ginásio do Tijuca Tênis Clube, in reference to the neighborhood that it's located in, to its owner, Tijuca Tênis Clube of the top-tier level Brazilian NBB league.
Flamengo has used the Carioca Arena 1 as its home venue. It was constructed for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games; the arena had a seating capacity of 16,000 for the 2016 Olympics, but it was reduced to 6,000 after the Olympics. Construction on the arena began in July 2013; the arena covers 38 thousand square meters. The arena's capacity for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games was 16,000 spectators. However, it was lowered to 6,000 after the Olympics; the facade has a height of 33 meters, its shape is inspired by the mountainous landscape of the city. The track was built with two types of wood, one for a different track and to the surrounding area, as well as a system for absorbing blows of the sport; the arena has 49 bathrooms, eight dressing rooms and six lifts. The estimated cost for the planned complex of three arenas, the IBC, MPC, a hotel, the structure of the Olympic Park was 1.678 billion Brazilian reais, including part of the public initiative and private money. This was handled between the Prefecture of the private sector.
The work was completed in January 2016. As a part of the arena's opening events, there was the Basketball Tournament International Women Aquece River, held from 15 to 17, January 2016, the International Championship of Wheelchair Rugby Rio Aquece, held from 29 to 31 January, 2016. 1Qualified but could not compete due to the suspension of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation by FIBA. See List of games played be
New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans are an American professional basketball team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Pelicans compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division; the team plays their home games in the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans were established as the New Orleans Hornets in the 2002–03 season when then-owner of the Charlotte Hornets, George Shinn, relocated the franchise to New Orleans. Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the franchise temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City, where they spent two seasons known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets; the team returned to New Orleans full-time for the 2007–08 season. On January 24, 2013, the franchise announced it would rename itself the Pelicans, effective after the conclusion of the 2012–13 season; the Charlotte Hornets' name and records from 1988 to 2002 were returned to its original city to be used by the then–Charlotte Bobcats franchise, which subsequently became the Charlotte Hornets, starting May 20, 2014.
In 16 seasons of play since the original franchise relocated from North Carolina, the Louisiana franchise has achieved an overall regular season record of 610–686, has qualified for the playoffs seven times. Their achievements include one division title. While the Charlotte Hornets put a competitive team on the court throughout the 1990s, the team's attendance began falling dramatically. Many attributed this lapse in popularity to the team's owner, George Shinn, becoming despised by the people of the city. In 1997, a Charlotte woman claimed that Shinn had raped her, the resulting trial tarnished his reputation in the city; the consensus was that while Charlotte was as basketball-crazy as fans took out their anger at Shinn on the team. Shinn had become discontented with the Charlotte Coliseum, although considered state-of-the-art when it opened in 1988, had by been considered obsolete due to a limited number of luxury boxes. On March 26, 2001, both the Hornets and the Vancouver Grizzlies applied for relocation to Memphis, won by the Grizzlies.
Shinn issued an ultimatum: unless the city built a new arena at no cost to him, the Hornets would leave town. The city refused, leading Shinn to consider moving the team to either Norfolk, Louisville, or St. Louis. Of the cities in the running, only St. Louis had an NBA-ready arena in place and was a larger media market than Charlotte at the time. A new arena in Uptown, which would become the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, was included in a non-binding referendum for a larger arts-related package, Shinn withdrew his application to move the team. Polls showed the referendum on its way to passage. However, just days before the referendum, Mayor Pat McCrory vetoed a living wage ordinance; the veto prompted many of the city's black ministers to oppose the referendum. After the referendum failed, city leaders devised a plan to build a new arena in a way that did not require voter support, but made it known that they would not consider building it unless Shinn sold the team. While the NBA acknowledged that Shinn had alienated fans, league officials felt such a demand would anger other owners.
The city council refused to remove the statement, leading the Hornets to request a move to New Orleans – a move which would return the NBA to that city since the Jazz moved to Salt Lake City in 1979. Before the Hornets were eliminated from the playoffs, the NBA approved the move; as part of a deal, the NBA promised that Charlotte would get a new team, which took the court two years as the Charlotte Bobcats. In a 2008 interview with the Charlotte Observer, who has not returned to Charlotte since the Hornets moved, admitted that the "bad judgment I made in my life" played a role in the Hornets' departure, he said that if he had it to do all over again, he would not have withdrawn from the public after the sexual assault trial. Shinn emphasized how he was making amends by committing to New Orleans saying, "I've made enough mistakes in my life. I'm not going to make one here; this city needs us here. We're going to make this thing work." The Hornets opened their inaugural season in New Orleans on October 30, 2002, against New Orleans' original NBA franchise, the now-Utah Jazz.
In the first regular season NBA game played in New Orleans in over 17 years, the Hornets defeated the Jazz 100–75, posthumously retired #7 of "Pistol" Pete Maravich during halftime. The Hornets finished the season with a 47–35 record but were defeated by the Philadelphia 76ers in the First Round of the 2003 playoffs. Following the season, the team unexpectedly fired head coach Paul Silas and replaced him with Tim Floyd; the Hornets began the 2003–04 season strong with a 17–7 start but sputtered at the end and finished 41–41. They lost to the Miami Heat in the First Round of the 2004 playoffs. After the season, Floyd was fired and the team hired Byron Scott as its new head coach. During the first two seasons in New Orleans the Hornets competed in the NBA's Eastern Conference; the 2004–05 season saw the team move to the Western Conference's Southwest Division to the number of teams in each conference after the Charlotte Bobcats started play in their inaugural season of that same year. In a season marred by injury to the team's three all-stars, the team finished the year with a