Veteran NBA analyst Hubie Brown is looking forward to broadcasting the Hornets-Thunder game at 8:30 tonight on ESPN even though both teams have had disappointing starts.
The intrigue of the Hornets (5-5) returning to their home for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons will make it special.
"You love to see these contests in the league because of the 18,500 or so that is going to be there,” Brown said. "There is going to be a love affair with the visiting team, and rightfully so.”
Brown said he has become a fan of the Hornets and guard Chris Paul, picking them to finish second behind the Lakers in the Western Conference. He said Paul earned his vote for league MVP last season.
"I honestly thought that he made the game easier for the other four guys on the court,” he said. "I thought the bigger game, the better he played.”
Ironically, Kevin Calabro, the voice of the Seattle SuperSonics for 21 seasons, will do the play-by-play. Nancy Lieberman will be the sideline reporter.
Calabro also called the Thunder’s only other ESPN appearance, a preseason game against the Lakers. Since declining an offer to join the NBA team in Oklahoma City, Calabro has joined ESPN as an NBA broadcaster and has become the TV voice of the new Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer. He declined an interview request.