Chris AndersenThe Birdman is drug-free and ready to soar again after forfeiting two years and roughly $7 million for a failed drug test in January 2006. But the NBA recently granted his reinstatement after he completed a rehab program and dedicated himself to community service. The Hornets re-signed him last week, and he's expected to make his debut soon.
Mike WoodsonThe Atlanta coach has failed to make something out of a Hawks squad that is now loaded with talent. The Hawks are just 3-8 since acquiring point guard Mike Bibby, and as the East's eighth seed at 26-36, they define how bad the conference is.
New OrleansGive Hornets fans in the Crescent City credit. They've sold out five of the past eight games inside New Orleans Arena and are starting to generate the type of support a likely 50-win club deserves.