Kings, Hornets to play exhibition game in Reno Oct. 22

RENO, Nev. -- The Sacramento Kings will return to the Lawlor
Events Center for the first time since 2002 to play the New Orleans
Hornets in an NBA exhibition game on Oct. 22, team officials said

Tickets will go sale at noon on Thursday for the game scheduled
for 5 p.m. on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.

"We had great success at the Lawlor Events Center in 2002 when
the Kings sold out a previous preseason game at the arena," said
Gavin Maloof, co-owner of the Sacramento Kings.

"We look forward to returning to the Lawlor Center this season
and hope this is the beginning of a long-term relationship with the
great Kings fans of the Reno-Sparks-Tahoe community," he said.

The Kings are led by Ron Artest, Mike Bibby, Brad Miller, Kenny Thomas and Shareef Abdur-Rahim. They have a new coach in Eric
Musselman, who replaced Rick Adelman.

Former Nevada star Kirk Snyder played for New Orleans last
season but was recently traded to the Houston Rockets.

The Hornets are led by 2005-06 NBA Rookie of the Year Chris Paul
and have signed a pair of former Kings as free agents -- Peja Stojakovic and Bobby Jackson. The Hornets' head coach is Byron Scott, a former Kings assistant coach.

Tickets are priced from $54.50 to $14.50.