It's an unfair question, really. Surely the Hornets are still taking people by surprise. What with their 11-game win streak to start the season. But that was soooo 2010. It's 2011 now. The Hornets are only 10-2 in this calendar year. Total weak sauce.
Yes, forgive anyone who hasn't yet noticed this plucky basketball team that's won eight-games in a row and just beat the best team in all of the NBA (the Hornets also recently beat the league's second-best team, Boston, but that was soooo New Year's Eve). If you're ESPN, you have bigger fish to fry (this just in: Carmelo Anthony is being traded to New York! No, Boston! No, it's Moscow at the wire!). The Worldwide Leader was at least able to make the Hornets its top news link:
Notice how this the top news link on ESPN's NBA site. Over on ESPN.com, the lead headline was about the NBA, but shockingly, not about the Hornets. And apparently, every other sports site of note has a rule saying they'll only talk about something at length if ESPN is (because, what else could they possibly have to say?) or how else to explain the Hornets' passing mentions on all these sites?
At least there is this:
Not that any of this should take away from your enjoyment of what the Hornets have been able to do so far this season. Eventually, people will start to take notice. And when they do, they'll understand what New Orleans fans have known all season long: the Hornets can put on a hell of a show.