LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - For the past week, the New Orleans Hornets have been in Lafayette for their training camp.
On Saturday, the Hornets closed out their week with a team scrimmage at the Earl K. Long Memorial Gymnasium in front of a sold out crowd and Hornets fans had the chance of a lifetime, they got to see their favorite NBA team play live in Lafayette. Players and coaches say the fans were full of support.
"It was nice. We enjoyed it down here, the people were great, the food was great and we really got a chance to stay focused on the tasks ahead. That was to get better and closer as a team," said Hornets Guard Chris Paul.
"I love the people here. I definitely see this as a home being here all the time. I can't ask for anything else," said Hornets Guard Darren Collison.
"So far they way we started here and the way people have received us has been fantastic. I think all of us who have been here in Lafayette have enjoyed it tremendously," said Hornets Head Coach Byron Scott.
The fans made the Hornets feel right at home for the teams scrimmage and their training camp. The Hornets say they've made lots of progress getting ready for the NBA season.
"This week was very productive and I think the scrimmage was too. We got a chance to go up and down and play against each other without the game stopping," said Paul.
"I thought we got a lot accomplished. I got familiar with the plays but there's a lot more to the plays, just being patient, and understanding each person on the team," said Collison.
The Hornets enjoyed their time in Lafayette and so did the fans. The Hornets will take the court next week when they take on the Atlanta Hawks for the team's first pre-season game.