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Published May 16, 2011
BUSINESS AS USUAL: In New Orleans, John Reid reported unlike some NBA teams that have "begun bracing for a potential lockout with staff reductions," the Hornets are taking a "business-as-usual approach." Hornets President Hugh Weber said that the team is "eschewing cost-cutting measures and instead focusing on its objective of selling 10,000 season tickets for 2011-12." The team "has sold about 8,000 season tickets to date." Weber said that "nothing has changed operationally from the Hornets’ perspective." Weber: "Certainly we work internally on what our objectives are and what type of personnel (players) we need to get in. It’s really unrelated to the CBA conversations. We are not actively involved in negotiating it" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 5/14).
READY FOR ANYTHING: In Boston, Julian Benbow noted if there is a lockout, teams "will be in a holding pattern over the offseason, with everything from free agency to summer league in limbo." Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said, "When we learn what the new rules will be and we learn what kind of money we have to spend and what sort of things we can and can’t do, we’ll be prepared. We’ll be preparing for lots of different scenarios and following collective bargaining conversations, even now hoping that nothing happens and we just go as is or move forward on July 1. But we’ll be prepared for anything" (BOSTON GLOBE, 5/14).