New Orleans to host 2014 Allstar Game
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New Orleans Hornets to get 2014 All-Star Game - ESPN

NEW ORLEANS -- The NBA's All-Stars will be back in the Big Easy two seasons from now.

Whether New Orleans' NBA franchise will still be known as the Hornets by then is another matter.

Three days after Saints owner Tom Benson agreed to buy the Hornets and sign a lease extension at New Orleans Arena, NBA commissioner David Stern came down to the bayou and announced that New Orleans will host the 2014 All-Star Game as "a reward to the good citizens of this city and the sponsors and ticket holders" who helped solidify the team's financial footing before it was sold.

Stern had barely finished making that announcement when Benson asked fans to help him pick out a new name for the team.

"We want to change the name from Hornets to something that means New Orleans and Louisiana," said Benson, who has agreed to pay $338 million for the club. "The Hornets don't mean anything" to the area.

Stern smiled while Benson spoke and noted, "He doesn't own the team yet."

"You've got $25,000 of my dough," Benson responded, referring to his down-payment.
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