Good on you mate. And as a 19 year old Aussie who has also followed the team since Charlotte I completely agree with Oc. I can't even fully remember why I chose the Hornets, it must have been around 1996 so I would have been only 5 years old. Maybe it was Buggsy? or that they were one of the better teams in the awesome game that was Total NBA 96 when playing against my mates who always went as the Bulls? Maybe just at random? Not really sure. Used to love Glen Rice though, and clearly remember being at Disneyland when I was 8 and wearing his top all the time which friends in NC bought for me (I still have it too! though sadly it's a tad small these days). Kinda lost interest from the late 90's until Dec 2005 when I stumbled onto the NBA site and rekindled my obsession with the Hornets as some kid named Chris Paul started tearing up the league. And 2007-08 was an amazing season, probably my best memory of the Hornets was spending my lunchtime cooped up in the library at school (I know, how sociable...) listening to the radio telecast of Game 7 vs the Spurs and the despair as we were floundering and possibly about to capitulate, which slowly turned into hope as we made that frenetic comeback as Pargo single handedly dragged us back into it and almost stole it. CP should have been MVP that season. Oh and yeah the NBL is shit. I didn't even know game 3 (our finals are 3 game series btw) was on the other night until I passed the TV at the gym :S. Time to euthanise it I reckon.
Great stuff, MD43. Really really enjoying reading fellow Aussie's take on how they got on the Hornets, didnt realise would get a reply from any Aussies, let alone 3 so this is great! The NBL is indeed fairly crappy atm, a far cry from where it was in the 80s, 90s and even early 2000s. I hope it can atleast work its way back atleast a little bit toward where it used to be eventually.