I come for the basketball, but I stay for the oyster po boys

by Micah Hart

Miami skyline at night

Previously, Hornets web guru Jim Eichenhofer polled a group of NBA PR professionals for their rankings of the league’s best arenas. But there is more to a road trip than just playing the games, so Eichenhofer went back to his blue-ribbon panel with this question: Which are the best NBA cities to spend time in?

Each panelist ranked their top 10, and then the results were tabulated using a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 point system. Check out the whole thing at the Hornets website, but before you do that, here are my unsolicited rankings:

10. Washington
9. Dallas/Houston/San Antonio
8. Toronto
7. Portland
6. Miami
5. Los Angeles
4. Boston
3. New York
2. San Francisco/Oakland
1. New Orleans

I supposed I should admit some bias for New Orleans, as I grew up just a few hours away from the city, but I’d take eating in the Big Easy over just about any activity available in any other NBA city. I grouped the Texas cities for similar reasons — I love Tex-Mex, and you can’t walk 15 feet in any of those cities without stumbling into a restaurant with great chips and salsa (and guacamole), which as far as I’m concerned every restaurant should offer.

Check out the Hornets’ rankings here and here.

How would you rank your favorites?

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2 Comments

  1. Cindy says:

    Nice post which But there is more to a road trip than just playing the games, so Eichenhofer went back to his blue-ribbon panel with this question: Which are the best NBA cities to spend time in. Thanks a lot for posting this article.

  2. Jason says:

    I would love to go to the city and roam each corner. It would be definitely a wonderful trip ever. :D