NBA Draws Battle Lines for Players

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Chris Paul(notes) stood on the Tulane University track Thursday morning underneath a rainbow arch made of teal and yellow balloons in the New Orleans Hornets’ colors. Paul was there to host a youth fitness event, and Dennis Rogers, the Hornets’ director of basketball communication, was helping coordinate. Hugo, the Hornets’ mascot, entertained the children while Randy Greenup, the Hornets’ security guard and a close friend of Paul’s, also worked the event.

And by the end of the day, Paul wouldn’t be allowed to speak with any of them.

With the NBA deciding to implement a lockout after failing to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with the Players ...

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