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SBD/December 19, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Stern Declines Comment On Events Leading To Chris Paul Trade, Says Demps Was Kept Informed
Published December 19, 2011
BUYING LOCAL: A New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE editorial stated in return for trading G Chris Paul to the Clippers, the Hornets "are getting great assets to build for the long-term." The editorial: "There's no denying, though, that in Chris Paul the Hornets are losing their biggest fan draw and an electrifying player. ... Hornets fans made a strong commitment to the team this offseason, buying more than 10,000 season tickets. Mr. Stern cited that show of support as he vowed to pursue what's best for the team. The commissioner has proven his commitment to our region. He was instrumental in the Hornets returning after Hurricane Katrina and in bringing the 2008 All-Star Game to New Orleans. Mr. Stern also got the NBA owners to buy the team when then-Hornets owner George Shinn wanted out a year ago" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 12/16). In N.Y., Mitch Lawrence wrote the NBA "never should have bought the Hornets," it should have "folded the franchise." Stern has said that the Hornets "will be sold in the first half of next year." A source said, "The way they're marketing it, they definitely want to keep the team in New Orleans. But finding a local buyer will be tough. There are not that many people in New Orleans who can afford it. More likely, you'd have to go to Houston to find someone. Maybe there will be someone from overseas" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/18).