Tuesday , Apr , 22 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Denver Nuggets Wanted to Play New Orleans Hornets

Karl admitted before the game Sunday he’d prefer facing No. 2 seed New Orleans rather than the No. 1 Lakers in the first round. "I’m not going to deny we were rooting to play New Orleans," he said. "We wanted to play the more inexperienced team." About the Lakers last summer, Karl later said, "I was hoping they would trade Kobe." [Rocky Mountain News]