Archive for December 5th, 2010

January 20, 2010: Chris Paul and David West of the New Orleans Hornets in action against the Memphis Grizzlies during an NBA game in the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA. Tyler Kaufman/CSM.

The AP reports:

New Orleans Hornets owner George Shinn has agreed to sell the club to the NBA and the transaction could be completed within a couple days, according to a person familiar with the decision.

The league has lined up New Orleans-born sports attorney Jac Sperling, vice chairman of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, to be the NBA’s administrator of the team and oversee its sale to a more permanent owner, the person told The Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymity because the move hasn’t been publicly announced.

Current Hornets President Hugh Weber will continue overseeing day-to-day operations of what will be the first NBA team to be owned by the league, the person said…

Attendance for Hornets games has been lower than the club hoped, despite a 13-7 record. Through 10 home games, average attendance has been 13,865.

If it doesn’t pick up, the Hornets could have the right to break their lease at the New Orleans Arena after this season. The lease runs through 2014, but the team is allowed to break it if average attendance falls below 14,735 during a two-year period.

May 13, 2010 - Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES - epa02156290 Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mo Williams reacts after being called for a foul in the second quarter of their Eastern Conference Semifinal round playoff game at the TD Bank Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 13 May 2010. The Celtics lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 and the winner will go on to face the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:

Byron Scott admitted he was considering lineup changes from top to bottom in the wake of the Cavaliers’ struggles.

“I’m at a point of a lot of things right now,” he said. “Yeah, I’ve considered [changes], but I think I’m going to wait a few more games to see what happens.

“I’ve been thinking about a lot of things, and the one thing about me is that when I do think about these things I don’t take them lightly. I don’t rush at them because of a loss like [at Minnesota] or the last three games. I try to think about it and consider everything before I make a move like that because I want to feel extremely comfortable when I do it.

“I don’t want to do it because of a reaction. So I’m going to take some days before I do anything.”

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