by Micah Hart
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:
9. Dallas/Houston/San Antonio
5. Los Angeles
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.
How would you rank your favorites?