Your morning (M-F) links. Happy Weary Willy Day.
- Weary Willy Day is named for the birthday of the legendary clown Emmett Kelly, Sr. Weary Willy was "the perpetual underdog, who never gave up, and because of it, occasionally won."
- Let's get in some game coverage before diving into (new) ownership news. First, check Caleb's game recap. Then, spin along to Ryan Schwan's recap at the 247. Last but not least, here's James Grayson's take on the game. Update: Check out the Piston perspective at SBN's Detroit Bad Boys, one of the best team sites out there.
- While the win was great, the attendance was, er, not. The total was announced at just over 10,800, a decidedly poor figure. WWL's Bradley Handwerger notes that low attendance won't help the new ownership any.
- New Orleans-based attorney Morris Bart is interested in purchasing a 10% share of the team from the NBA. His quote: "I grew up in New Orleans, and I went through the bitterness of the Jazz [leaving]. You've got to have a big fish that can come in and buy 50% and then the minority investors can follow along. I feel the NBA strongly wants to keep the team in New Orleans." Bart also mentions that he knows two other potential NOLA investors interested in buying minority stakes.
- One potential big fish? Yahoo! co-founder and New Orleans native David Filo. Fletcher Mackel tweeted yesterday (*obligatory throat clearing*) that he's heard his name come up in rumors. Filo grew up in Lake Charles and attended Tulane. Oh, and he's worth $2.9 billion dollars.
- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson wants the Hornets to stay in Louisiana but isn't giving any outward signs toward possible future investment in the team. In my understanding, an owner of an NFL franchise may own another professional sports team if that team is (a) located in a city without an NFL team, or (b) located in the city of his own NFL team. Benson would therefore qualify.
- Monty Williams mentioned yesterday that he believes Gary Chouest could still be the next owner: "From his words, he's not out of the picture. If there's an opportunity for him to get back into it, I think he would jump on it in a minute."