ATLANTA (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets were delayed into the arena for their NBA warm-up game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.
With a freight train, of all things.
Tracks run around the State Farm Arena, a remnant of a time when the area housed the city’s two main passenger railroad stations. Both stations were demolished decades ago, but many of the remaining tracks are still used by freight trains that ply near the heart of downtown Atlanta.
One of these trains stopped at an intersection before the game, preventing the Hornets’ chartered buses from reaching the players’ entrance on the lowest level of the arena.
The buses had to turn around and find an alternative route to the arena. They were about 15 minutes late.
Apparently, it slowed down the Hornets’ offense. Atlanta led Charlotte 132-103.
“I’ve never seen that before” Hornets coach James Borrego called. “I’ve been coming to this arena for 20 years and I’ve never seen a train stop before the game.”
He seemed to be implying that the Hawks had something to do with the freight train that stopped at the crossing.
“Someone will find out. I have no idea,” Borrego said. “But our boys noticed.”
He said the delay cheered on the Hornets, but the Hawks outplayed the Hornets 42-24 in the third quarter during a 12-minute barrage, hitting 16 of 24 shots and leading 102-76 toward the final period.
The 10th-seeded Hornets were looking to earn their way to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
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