NOTES: NBA commissioner David Stern was at the game to visit Hornets owner Tom Benson, tour the New Orleans Saints' facilities in Metairie, La., and get an update on Benson's plans to build new administrative headquarters and a practice facility for the Hornets next to the Saints' facilities. "They're using both organizations to help the other, and I think it's going very well," Stern said. ... The Hornets are reportedly interested in changing the franchise nickname to Pelicans. Stern said the Hornets have submitted five potential names to the league. "I don't have any objections to anything the Hornets want to do name-wise because I'm sure it will be sensible," he said. ... Stern said of Bryant's milestone: "It's great to see. I think Kobe, as a talent and a competitor, is up there on a pedestal with Michael Jordan." ... D'Antoni said his team's rough road start was easy to figure out: poor foul shooting (66.3 percent) and a high rate of turnovers (16.8 per game). "We're 30th (last in the NBA) and we're 30th in foul shooting, and those are two things when you're on the road -- you turn it over and you don't shoot foul shots -- you don't win," D'Antoni said. ... Even though Howard entered the game shooting just 59.2 percent from the foul line -- encouraging opponents to foul him late in games -- D'Antoni said his center's poor shooting was blown out of proportion. "He makes them (in practice)," D'Antoni said. "He'll get through it, and we'll get through it." Howard hit four of eight free throws Wednesday.