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How NBA Did Right By Hornets

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In a few months, Tom Benson will begin to reshape the New Orleans Hornets in his vision, most visibly by changing the team's name but also by doing something the team's last owner couldn't consider a priority: making the team part of the fabric of the city. George Shinn brought basketball back to New Orleans in 2002, but he did it to make money. It was driven by his nasty break-up with Charlotte and The Big Easy's willingness to supply an arena.

The motives were clear once Hurricane Katrina hit. I'm not the morality police. But in 2007, Shinn tried to undercut Clay Bennett by filing to claim the Oklahoma City market as his own. He wanted to prevent Bennett from bringing the Seattle SuperSonics to OKC ... so that he could move the...

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