It didn't come with quite the fanfare and anticipation of the NFL's symmetrical event, but the NBA's schedule release Thursday night was a success.
And it is one that most importantly produced an exciting schedule for Hornets fans to look forward to in the 2012-13 season. It is a tough schedule for a young team.
The league did the Hornets no favors in trying to help them get off to a clean start, but then again, had the league given them Charlotte off the bat, it's still an NBA team capable of winning.
Instead, the league gave the Hornets the San Antonio Spurs at home on Halloween night. The good news with that, of course, is that it's Halloween in New Orleans. As long as fans show up, New Orleans Arena will spazz out in a good way for Monty Williams' squad.
Of the 82 games the team must face, here are the 10 to most look forward to at this point in July. Hence, they are subject to change based on circumstances from now 'til pretty much the end of the season.