What could Luke Ridnour have done in his three hours as a Charlotte Hornet?
It's been a crazy two days for veteran point guard Luke Ridnour.
Since Wednesday morning, he's been traded three times, including twice before lunch on Thursday. It started when the Magic shipped him to the Grizzlies. He spent about a day in Memphis before he was traded to the Hornets on Thursday morning. The Hornets didn't keep him for long, sending him to the Thunder fewer than three hours later.
That begs to the question: What could Luke Ridnour have done during his three hours in Charlotte?
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Lets assume Ridnour begins his tour of his new home city at the Hornets' arena. Then it's only a three-block walk to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, where he can watch a film about NASCAR's roots in the High Octane Theater and see how stock cars have changed through the decades at the Glory Road exhibit.
The Mint Museum
From the Hall, it's only a nine-minute walk to the Mint Museum, Charlotte's finest art museum. It's a bit different from the NASCAR museum, but Ridnour is a college-educated man who must appreciate the finer things in life. The museum currently features an exhibit on “the most innovative artistic expression in the 21st-century international arenas of body extension, augmentation, and modification.”
Price's Chicken Coop
After feeding his brain at the art museum, it's time for Ridnour to feed his stomach. Head a mile down South Tyron Street to Price's Chicken Coop for the best fried chicken in Charlotte. If it's good enough for Jay Leno, it must be good enough for Ridnour.
The Thirsty Beaver Saloon
A source familiar with the situation told SI.com that Ridnour's tour “must include a stop at the Thirsty Beaver,” a dive bar known for its cheap drinks and free jukebox. It seems like a nice place to sit and wait for his agent to call and tell him he's on the move again.
- Dan Gartland