Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/9/14
NEW ORLEANS At the top of a ramp on the Earhart Expressway, just another potholed, winding road outside New Orleans, several lights cut through the sticky air to illuminate a solitary billboard. Interspersed between the purple ads for Crown Royale that dot the pavement as it winds toward the city, it's a welcome blue and white, bearing the circular "I'M IN" Hornets logo and advertising a date four months in the past.December 28 it was the Hornets' home opener against the Celtics, a 97-78 win that pushed the team to 2-0. Since then, though, New Orleans has seen just 13 more wins. It's a team that's missing a star after the league-orchestrated trade of Chris Paul, a team without an owner or an established identity in a city that's so capable of getting behind it.No doubt that billboard was planned and executed long before David Stern attempted to deal Paul to the Lakers before shipping him to the Staples Center's second-tier tenant. That billboard was borne of last season's playoff ...
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