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  1. New Orleans to host 2014 NBA All-Star Game

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 4:30 pm: Break out the beads, David Stern has made it official — the 2014 NBA All-Star Game will be in New Orleans. “There is no better place to celebrate and showcase the NBA than in New Orleans, a city with a rich tradition of hosting major events that is second-to-none,” Stern said. “Our…

  2. New owner will mean new name, logo for Hornets soon

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    “Hornets” is not a name that fits with New Orleans. It was a leftover from when George Shinn moved his team from Charlotte — a city nicknamed “the hornets’ nest” — but “Hornets” goes together with the spirit of New Orleans about as much as tacos go with gumbo. New Hornets owner Tom Benson is…

  3. Eric Gordon may have offers, but Big Easy likely his home

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Despite the fact he is coming off knee surgery, and that along with recent back spasms have limited him to playing in just five games this season, Eric Gordon promises to be very popular this summer. He will be a restricted free agent. And he is considered one of the (if not THE) best up…

  4. Once Hornets are sold, team could get new name, identity

    Apr 2, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The Charlotte Hornets was a fitting name — in 1775, just prior to the American Revolution, Lord Cornwallis referred to Charlotte as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion” and the people of that city have worn that rebellious badge proudly ever since. The New Orleans Hornets… that name is just the leftover a team moved there…

  5. Plenty of bidders, Hornets not leaving Big Easy anytime soon

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    What happens in New York this week has a lot more to do with the long-term viability of the Hornets in New Orleans than anything else. Revenue sharing among owners and how the new salary system works — and if it means the Hornets really can keep Chris Paul — are at the heart of…

  6. How New Orleans’ Bo McCalebb became a Macedonian hero

    Sep 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Macedonia has been the surprise of EuroBasket (the European championship and Olympic qualifying tournament), with a country more known for violent internal strife than hoops finding itself in the semi-finals on Friday. If Macedonia can beat powerhouse Spain they are into the Olympics next summer. Even if they lose they will be in the Olympic…

  7. Talks with “handful” of potential Hornets buyers to start soon

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

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    The NBA’s economic model is so broken that wealthy potential owners of new franchises keep lining up despite the league being locked out. That includes people willing to buy and keep the New Orleans Hornets in the Crescent City, despite that having been a tough NBA market for decades. Talks with potential owners are going…

  8. Lakers Derrick Caracter arrested on battery charges against woman

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 6:15 pm: The ugly details have come out. And we mean ugly. Because any time the words “battery” and “pregnant woman” are mixed into the same sentence then ugly is maybe the kindest word you can use. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: Derrick Caracter, 22, was arrested about 1:18 a.m. Sunday at the IHOP…

  9. David Stern talks Hornets, moving and contraction

    Feb 15, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    David Stern is still selling the Hornets staying in New Orleans. Problem is nobody is buying. Literally. Everybody likes New Orleans but until somebody with money steps up to buy the team and signs deals to keep them there it’s all a lot of talk. Stern was on the podcast of ESPN’s Bill Simmons (if…

  10. Hornets reach attendance benchmark, they are staying put. For now.

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Hornets

    There has been a real push since the NBA took control of the New Orleans Hornets to boost attendance — the reason being to reach a benchmark, otherwise a new owner of the team (once they find one) could easily move the team out of New Orleans (well, still would have had to pay $10…

  11. Phil Jackson “not happy” about NBA ownership of Hornets

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson seems to enjoy his status as “NBA grand philosopher” and uses that platform to lob verbal hand grenades into other franchises or the league offices for fun. Such as bringing up Stan Van Gundy in relation to the Heat or saying the league shouldn’t play on Christmas. The latest grenade was him questioning…

  12. It’s official: The Hornets are the league’s problem now

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The long-discussed NBA league purchase of the New Orleans Hornets got the final rubber stamp of approval when the Board of Governors — you know, the other owners, the ones footing the bill — agreed to purchase the team, the league announced today. It now falls to Jac Sperling to find a buyer while Hugh…

  13. Despite the turmoil, Chris Paul isn’t thinking about moving on

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v New Orleans Hornets

    The future of the New Orleans Hornets could not be cloudier right now. Might as well consult Ms. Cleo or Nostradamus’ quatrains for an answer as to where they will be in a couple years because their visions of the future are probably as clear as David Stern’s right now. Chris Paul could use this…

  14. One Hornets sale rumor: Yahoo co-founder, Big Easy native David Filo

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

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    It will be the “running of the rumors” over the next months as the NBA looks to find someone to buy the New Orleans Hornets. Ideally someone from the city with deep pockets. Someone who wants to keep the team there and has the means to make that happen. Say, someone like Yahoo co-founder David…

  15. Hornets new head man Jac Sperling says it’s all about New Orleans

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Jac Sperling was born in New Orleans. He gets the city. He has a good gumbo recipe. The NHL executive’s new job is heading up the Hornets. And he told the Associated Press it is all about keeping the Hornets in the Big Easy. If he can. “I grew up here. (David Stern) asked me…

  16. Governor says state will help keep Hornets in New Orleans, so long as nobody asks for cash

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    The state of Louisiana is right in the middle of the now official league purchase of the New Orleans Hornets — the team plays in the state-owned New Orleans Arena. David Stern said in his conference call on the league taking control of the team that he hoped to see more financial assistance from the…

  17. Hornets attendance slump could let them break lease, move

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    Wins or not, Chris Paul or not, getting people to come to New Orleans Hornets games has not been easy. Frankly, it wasn’t easy when the team was the Jazz and Pistol Pete putting on the show. Today little has changed. The current downward slump in attendance will trigger a clause in the Hornets current…

  18. Winderman: What 29 other teams? League hops on Heat hype express, too.

    Oct 19, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

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    So exactly how embarrassed is the NBA about the rest of its product? How uncomfortable is the league with its other 29 teams that after an offseason of decrying the arrogance of the Miami Heat and the team’s Big Three, the league jumps aboard the hype express? If you haven’t seen yet, TNT announced it…

  19. Utah Jazz have "issue" with Kyrylo Fesenko

    Sep 21, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz are a little tired of waiting. They have had the $1.1 million qualifying offer for Kyrylo Fesenko on the table for more than two months. Fesenko hasn’t signed it, trying to get another team — Houston and Cleveland have had serious talks — to make a better, longer-term offer. Because the Jazz…

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