New Orleans Hornets 2011-2012 Schedule

Published: July 19, 2011

The New Orleans Hornets schedule for 2011-2012 has been finalized, despite the current lockout. Chris Paul and friends will open at home against the Chicago Bulls on November 2nd, and will wrap things up April 18th against Memphis. In between those two, there are a lot of other games, but one thing stands out– The Hornets receive no love nationally.

A quick glance at the TV schedule reveals what should be an exciting TNT televised game in LA against the Clippers on Thanksgiving, an ESPN televised game in New York on February 17th, and… and…

Are you kidding me? Zero nationally televised home games on the major stations?

All in all the Hornets are slated to appear on TNT and ESPN once each. They don’t make an appearance on ABC. It is of no consolation that they will be on NBA TV six times.

Thanks for the shaft, everyone. On behalf of Hornets fans everywhere, we appreciate it.

For those scoring at home, that means that right now there are 73 games (65 from CST) slated to be televised, which means that we can look forward to 9 games in which the Hornets simply will not be available for local fans to watch on TV. That makes sense, considering the Bees made the playoffs last year and have one of the biggest superstars in the game.

Frankly, this is turning into a bad recurring joke.

Full 2011-2012 Hornets Schedule


Date    Day    Opponent    Time
2    Wed    Chicago    7:00 p.m.
5    Sat    at Sacramento    9:00 p.m.
6    Sun    at L.A. Lakers    8:30 p.m.
9    Wed    Miami    7:00 p.m.
11    Fri    Golden State    7:00 p.m.
12    Sat    at San Antonio    7:30 p.m.
16    Wed    Houston    7:00 p.m.
18    Fri    New Jersey    7:00 p.m.
19    Sat    at Orlando    6:00 p.m.
22    Tue    at Phoenix    8:00 p.m.
24    Thu    at L.A. Clippers    9:30 p.m.
25    Fri    at Golden State    9:30 p.m.
27    Sun    at Denver    7:00 p.m.
30    Wed    Detroit    7:00 p.m.

Date    Day    Opponent    Time

2    Fri    at Philadelphia    6:00 p.m.
4    Sun    at Oklahoma City    6:00 p.m.
7    Wed    L.A. Clippers    7:00 p.m.
10    Sat    at Minnesota    7:00 p.m.
12    Mon    at Utah    8:00 p.m.
16    Fri    Golden State    7:00 p.m.
18    Sun    at Toronto    12:00 p.m.
19    Mon    at Washington    6:00 p.m.
21    Wed    Dallas    7:00 p.m.
23    Fri    San Antonio    7:00 p.m.
26    Mon    at Charlotte    6:00 p.m.
28    Wed    Boston    7:00 p.m.
30    Fri    Phoenix    7:00 p.m.

Date    Day    Opponent    Time

2    Mon    at Miami    6:30 p.m.
4    Wed    Philadelphia    7:00 p.m.
6    Fri    Denver    7:00 p.m.
7    Sat    at Houston    7:00 p.m.
11    Wed    Oklahoma City    7:00 p.m.
13    Fri    Minnesota    7:00 p.m.
14    Sat    at Memphis    7:00 p.m.
16    Mon    Milwaukee    2:00 p.m.
18    Wed    Houston    7:00 p.m.
21    Sat    Dallas    7:00 p.m.
23    Mon    San Antonio    7:00 p.m.
25    Wed    at Dallas    7:30 p.m.
27    Fri    Orlando    7:00 p.m.
29    Sun    Atlanta    6:00 p.m.

Date    Day    Opponent

1    Wed    Denver    7:00 p.m.
3    Fri    at Oklahoma City    7:00 p.m.
4    Sat    at Detroit    6:30 p.m.

6    Mon    Cleveland    7:00 p.m.
8    Wed    Memphis    7:00 p.m.
10    Fri    Portland    7:00 p.m.
11    Sat    at Milwaukee    7:30 p.m.
13    Mon    Utah    7:00 p.m.
15    Wed    at Cleveland    6:30 p.m.
17    Fri    at New York    7:00 p.m.
19    Sun    at Indiana    5:00 p.m.
22    Wed    at Dallas    7:30 p.m.
28    Tue    at Chicago    7:00 p.m.
29    Wed    Toronto    7:00 p.m.

Date    Day    Opponent    Time
2    Fri    Indiana    7:00 p.m.
3    Sat    Charlotte    7:00 p.m.
5    Mon    at Portland    9:00 p.m.
7    Wed    at Sacramento    9:00 p.m.
9    Fri    at Denver    8:00 p.m.
10    Sat    at Minnesota    7:00 p.m.
12    Mon    Oklahoma City    7:00 p.m.
14    Wed    L.A. Lakers    7:00 p.m.
16    Fri    at Atlanta    6:30 p.m.
17    Sat    Washington    7:00 p.m.
19    Mon    at New Jersey    6:30 p.m.
20    Tue    at Boston    6:30 p.m.
22    Thu    L.A. Clippers    7:00 p.m.
24    Sat    Sacramento    7:00 p.m.
26    Mon    at L.A. Clippers    9:30 p.m.
28    Wed    at Golden State    9:30 p.m.
29    Thu    at Portland    9:00 p.m.

Date    Day    Opponent    Time

1    Sun    at Phoenix    8:00 p.m.
4    Wed    New York    7:00 p.m.
6    Fri    at San Antonio    7:30 p.m.
7    Sat    Minnesota    7:00 p.m.
9    Mon    L.A. Lakers    7:00 p.m.
11    Wed    Sacramento    7:00 p.m.
13    Fri    Utah    7:00 p.m.
15    Sun    Memphis    6:00 p.m.
16    Mon    at Houston    7:00 p.m.
18    Wed    at Memphis    7:00 p.m.


  • The Hornets will play 18 of their 41 home games on Friday (11), Saturday (5) or Sunday (2) night.
  • Their most frequent game night will be Wednesday (16).
  • The Hornets play five of their first eight games at home to open the season, including a tilt against the Eastern Conference Champion Miami HEAT on Wednesday, Nov. 9 before embarking on a five-game road swing.
  • All home games will tip off at 7:00 p.m. with the following exceptions: Monday, Jan. 16 vs. Milwaukee; Sunday, Jan. 29 vs. Atlanta; Sunday, Apr. 15 vs. Memphis. The Bucks game will tip off at 2:00 p.m., while the Hawks and Grizzlies games will tip off at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Hornets’ longest road trip will be two five-game swing taking place Nov. 19-27 and Feb. 15-28, while the longest home stand is five games taking place at the end of the regular season, Apr. 7-15.
  • The Hornets will play Southwest Division rivals (Dallas, Houston, Memphis and San Antonio) four times each (twice at home/twice on the road). The same holds true for Pacific and Northwest Division teams, with the exception of Phoenix (one home game on Dec. 30), Portland (one home game on Feb. 10), L.A. Lakers (one road game on Nov. 6) and Utah (one road game on Dec. 12).
  • The Mavericks are featured on TNT and ESPN ten times as much as the Hornets.


  1. dbeard06

    July 19, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks a lot N B A!!!!!!! This is the problem, the television contracts suck booty! A playoff team only gets 2 nationally televised games?!!!! WTF! All playoff teams should get at least 6 games, especially against other playoff teams. This creates rivalries and great storylines. But noooooooo! Stern and his band of misfits are truly screwing up royally!!!!!!!

  2. QueenBee

    July 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I’d like to check off ‘Disappointed’ and ‘I knew that would happen again!’ No love whatsoever. A playoff team gets 2 nationally televised games while a team like the Clippers get about 13. Sucks. The Nuggets have more televised games in the first month than the Hornets do all season. Sucks. The Suns have 10. WTF??!!!

  3. 42

    July 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Assuming a normal season…

    That New York game is right near the trade deadline.

    NY and LA games.

    They aren’t giving us games; they are using us / Chris.

  4. L_REAZY

    July 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Their won’t be a season anyway! See NHL in 2004-2005.

    Chris Paul and David West have played their last games with this organization.

    I’ve come to that conclusion. I’m not going to be optimistic just because I like the Hornets … I’d rather be real!


    • L_REAZY

      July 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

      Put it this way …

      I’ve already begun trying Chris Paul out on different teams on NBA 2K11 …lol!


  5. LSUhornet17

    July 19, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I share all of your frustrations, Joe. The Hornets TV deal is horrible. What makes it worse is that CST inevitably chooses a majority of their blacked-out deals to be road games, so even season ticket holders can’t watch the games. If they are dead set on this miserable 65 game plan, they should at least have the decency to televise all the games that locals can’t go a buy a ticket for and attend. As far as the national outlets go, I’m not really surprised by the lack of interest in the team. The Hornets are currently lacking a cute story for the talking heads to yack about while they ignore the game (save for the “Will CP leave?” storyline that we have to thank for the nationally-televised NYK trade deadline gag-fest). We can’t very well expect the major networks to pick games based on purely on-court reasons can we? In such a small market, with no promising storylines being reported anywhere but locally, we can pretty much give up on national coverage. However, the fact that Hornets fans are continuously let down by their local coverage is inexcusable and infuriating.

    • Nola Jake

      July 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      Excellently put.

    • 42

      July 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm

      Many NBA teams are in the 65 game boat.

      The CST contract will likely begin to be renegotiated soon.

      They do give up mainly road games due to the expense involved in travel.

      Also, if NBATV or a national network picks up a game from CST, they usually pick add an equal number of uncovered games to their coverage.

      It’s far from ideal, but we’re also not alone, and at least we have some hope. The another ~25% in local tv money would help on the ownership side, so if CST wants any Hornets money, they may have an incentive to pony up for those other games.

    • bee dat

      July 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      ditto lsuhornet

      I’ve always found it absurd that cst only picks up 65 especially when they have no worthwhile programming playing in place of the missed hornets games. no hd cameras for road games, they can’t hide the fact they are a truly 2nd rate network

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  8. kempleton

    July 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    CP3’s comments on being an all-star with last years TV schedule:

    “I think it’s big, and I’m unbelievably grateful for the fans for it, because I’ve probably got to be the only All-Star who hadn’t played yet on national TV.”

    That is absolutely ridiculous. What is the reason for this ignorance?

    Do we have to win an NBA Championship to get more games on national TV?

    I hope we will win it and they will be ashamed!

    • QueenBee

      July 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm

      @kempleton-shucks it wouldn’t surprise me if the Hornets won a championship and ended up getting 2 nationally televised games again the following season. LOL!

  9. QueenBee

    July 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    The Lakers got swept by the Mavs. The Mavs won the championship. The Lakers have 2 more nationally televised games than the Mavs do. Seems to me the Mavs should have 2 more than the Lakers.

    • 42

      July 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

      Seems like winning isn’t the most important thing, eh?

  10. Nick Malone aka yankeesman77

    July 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    If there is a season, I’m gonna try to go back to MSG to see that game against the Knicks. Maybe pick up the NBA League Pass deal but for us Hornets fans, not having any national coverage at home is a shame. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was one on ESPN later in the year towards March or April but for a team that made th playoffs, there needs to be more than 2 games all year long on national tv.

  11. Diane

    July 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Some advice for people who want to get league pass. Find out what games they will block in your area. They were blocking New Orleans games in OKC, does that make sense? These channels have a weird way of deciding which games they will show and what areas they will show them in.

  12. MelDee

    July 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    we need a superhero lol

  13. MaxALM

    July 31, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    ESPN will jump on the bandwagon like always and add a Hornets game or two into their *tough* schedule once they realize that the Hornets will have a playoff record come the All-Star break.

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