Hornets Can't Return to OKC, League Says
Given other notes Allen includes in his piece -- Shinn is fighting with local politic ans, the practice facility promised by the locals years ago is still just a blueprint -- it's clear New Orleans is not long for the NBA. This will get much more attention as February's All-Star Game approaches, and there will be a host of counterarguments (from the city and the league).
What bears watching: If the Hornets leave New Orleans in the next few years, Seattle would be the obvious best destination. But David Stern has said Seattle won't get another chance if the Sonics leave. Shinn'd be dumb not to test him. Stern can't possibly have much more patience for Shinn's antics. We could be in for some fireworks.