New Orleans Hornets

The day before their fourth playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the New Orleans Hornets, down 2 games to 1 in the series, watched a YouTube video, shot at Kruger National Park in South Africa, of a cape buffalo calf being attacked by lions, who dragged it near a water hole where a crocodile joined the assault.  Later in the video, dozens of cape buffaloes appear a few minutes into the attack, encircle the lions and rescue the calf. 

The “Battle at Kruger” clip was the idea 0f the Hornets’ assistant coach, Mike Malone, to show how a team could overcome adversity and a ferocious opponent to win