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New Orleans Hornets in Lafayette

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Their back on the court.  The New Orleans Hornets are getting ready for another NBA season.  They've moved their training camp from New Orleans to Lafayette.

"It's good for us to explore other options and to come in different parts of Louisiana," said Hornets Forward Peja Stojakovic.

"I think it's been great. I think the guys have learned a lot and they're getting to know what were talking about.  After day three, I feel good where we are, we just want to keep progressing and keep getting better," said Hornets Head Coach Byron Scott.

This is the first time the Hornets have been away from New Orleans for any of their training camps. Players and coaches seemed very positive about their new practice environment.

"Every time we come to camp we are happy to see each other and happy to be on the court. Just being excited to see each other again, playing basketball and to compete," said Stojakovic.

"I think they love it. I think coming to Lafayette allows the players get down to business and enjoy a little about Louisiana they haven't experienced," said Hornets Broadcaster Bob Licht.

Changing training camp locations wasn't just a benefit for the players, but for the entire Hornets organization as well.

"Why wouldn't you want to check out the best basketball in the world?  To me, that's the best part what fans in Lafayette can experience."

It's not every day an NBA franchise comes to Southwest Louisiana.  The New Orleans Hornets wrapped up their third day of training camp at the Lafayette indoor practice facility.  The team is excited to be in a different location and they've see lots of progress from their new and returning players.

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