July 10, 2009
The NBA is coming to Wichita.
The Wichita Sports Commission has announced the Orlando Magic will take on the New Orleans Hornets in an exhibition October 13th at Koch Arena. Club officials were in Wichita Thursday to announce the game.
The New Orleans Hornets feature Chris Paul, one of the top young players in the league. Paul finished 5th in MVP voting in 2009 and recently won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. Also joining Paul on the Hornets are All Stars David West and Peja Stojakovic. Former University of Kansas standout Julian Wright just finished his 2nd year with the Hornets.
The Orlando Magic feature another MVP candidate in Dwight Howard. Howard recently finished 4th in MVP voting, was voted the NBA defensive player of the year and was a teammate of Paul’s at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Howard, known in the league as “Superman”, led the league in rebounds and blocked shots. Howard is joined on the Magic by fellow All Star Rashard Lewis.
The New Orleans Hornets were recently eliminated in the 1st round of the NBA Playoffs. They finished the 2008-09 season with a 49-33 record. The Orlando Magic are currently in the 2nd round of the playoffs taking on the Boston Celtics. They finished the regular season with a 59-23 record and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round of the playoffs.
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