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SBD/January 21, 2011/Franchises
NBA Franchise Notes: Prokhorov Starting To Build A Reputation
Published January 21, 2011
TURNING IT AROUND: In New Orleans, John Reid reported the Hornets appear to be "on the verge of meeting their Jan. 31 attendance benchmark requirement" after drawing two consecutive crowds over 15,000 at New Orleans Arena. The Hornets "must average 14,891 for upcoming games" against the Spurs and Thunder to meet the benchmark, and team officials said that they are "anticipating good crowds for both games." Reid noted through the "efforts of the Hornets Business Council, more than $412,000 was pledged by regional businesses to purchase tickets." That helped "boost attendance for Wednesday night’s game" against the Grizzlies (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/20).
GO BIG OR GO HOME: Warriors co-Owner Joe Lacob Thursday said that the "new ownership group has already agreed that, if an elite player is available, the Warriors would be willing to increase their payroll above the current luxury-tax level." Lacob noted that he "has been actively monitoring" the Carmelo Anthony situation. In San Jose, Tim Kawakami writes this is "all pretty radical stuff coming from any owner, but particularly from the Warriors owner, after the long years" of Chris Cohan's "silence and befuddlement" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 1/21).