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

Updated: August 30, 2006, 9:45 PM ET
Associated Press

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 Wednesday.

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.

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