Hornets Era Ends With Loss To Mavericks, Pelicans Offseason Begins
Dirk Nowitzki had his way with the Hornets (27-55) for the final time Wednesday night, leading the Mavericks (41-41) to a 99-87 victory.
Dirk went for 16 points and 9 rebounds in 28 minutes of play.
Al-Farouq Aminu put up a ridiculously good stat line for the Hornets, pulling down a whopping 20 rebounds to go with 16 points. Robin Lopez chipped in a double-double as well of 14 points and 13 rebounds.
After 25 years, the NBA will no longer have a Hornets franchise. Instead, the Louisiana state bird of Louisiana enters the league, as the New Orleans Hornets will transition into the New Orleans Pelicans.
“I’m proud of our guys after all that we’ve been through,” said Pelicans coach Monty Williams after his season ended with another loss. “It’s just tough to end the season.”
The off season will be full of optimism, as the Pelicans have a solid young nucleus led by Anthony Davis, along with plenty of cap space. However, after the loss, Williams could only focus on the 2012-2013 season, which is now in the rear view.
“I feel like everyday I step into the office or the gym or the bus or the plane, I’m trying to do everything I can to avoid that feeling (losing),” explained an emotional Monty. “We’ve got to get this team to mature this summer, and we will. It’s hard to end the season…I don’t care who you are. It’s just tough.”
New Orleans will have a 29% chance to win a top 3 lottery pick, and a 9% chance of landing the number 1 overall pick. The NBA draft lottery will take place May 21rst, with the draft taking place on June 7th.