Walking down memory lane and Bourbon St.

The locals in New Orleans are buzzing over the city's new NBA residents, the Hornets.

Updated: January 13, 2003, 6:01 PM ET
By Bill Walton | Special to ESPN.com

A swirling week of good times, old friends and no sleep began in Los Angeles with the reunification of Jim Rome to the ESPN squad, back home, as I told him.

As I dashed to New Orleans for the Celtics-Hornets tilt, I couldn't help but drift to thoughts of my first pro game in the "Big Easy" all the way back in 1974, Blazers at the "old Jazz," the cage, and Pistol my rookie year. Pete Maravich's team had yet to win a game after 14 losses to open their franchise's history. We were determined ...

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