Leaving home for, well, homeThe Hornets wrapped up training camp Sunday in New Orleans with one final practice in the afternoon before immediately flying back to Oklahoma City. The Hornets will spend the next week here, where they'll play their first two preseason games. The return couldn't come at a better time for some. "I'm ready to see my own bed," forward Desmond Mason said. "My wife. My daughter. My dog. My house." Mason, however, did say that he enjoyed his time in New Orleans. "It's been fun," he said. "I haven't explored New Orleans as much as I did these last few days because we're usually in and out. It was fun to get out and see a little bit of the city even after the hurricane." • Stojakovic cramping: Forward Peja Stojakovic sat out the final portion of practice Sunday and missed the team scrimmage because of cramping. Stojakovic and Hornets coach Byron Scott said it wasn't serious. "It's just a little cramp, and I want to prevent anything more serious," Stojakovic said. "It's too early to risk anything." Stojakovic said he expects to play in the preseason opener against Dallas on Tuesday. • Vinicius ailing: Second-round pick Marcus Vinicius has been slowed since Wednesday because of a hamstring injury. "It's something that's day-to-day, and we're going to have to watch it," Scott said. "He's just going to have to miss the next three or four days of practice, and we'll see how it goes." Scott said Vinicius' slow start to the season would not affect his status with the team at this point. "It's hard to get rid of guys or cut guys unless you get a chance to see them play," Scott said. • Starters to see limited time: Scott said he would play his starters only 15 to 20 minutes in the first two preseason games this week. "You want to get a look at everybody else as much as possible," Scott said. "Those five guys that I have coming off the bench, I want those guys to play extended minutes. I want to get a real get look at them just like I will the next game for the other guys that didn't play." By Darnell Mayberry
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