Hornets sale not dead yet, just world’s slowest transaction

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Yesterday we passed along a New York Daily News report that the sale of the New Orleans Hornets was dead, but that may just have been wishful New York thinking about ways to get Chris Paul.

Turns out the deal is not dead… dragging out forever, sure. But not dead.

J. Michael Falgoust of the USA Today tweeted that sale is not dead. That was followed by a report out of the Times-Picyune saying the same thing.

Hornets’ owner George Shinn had an agreement in principle to sell the team to minority owner Gary Chouest, but they have been working on a deal since before April (the first time we heard of it). Since then the talks have dragged on and on and on. But the signs are still there.

This could go down in the coming weeks, although if it dragged out another two months nobody would be shocked.

Still the signs are there. The Hornets played a game the other day and no member of the Shinn family — the owners of the team — was there. But Gary Chouest was.

This could be what the Hornets need to keep Chris Paul — Chouest is a billionaire who could come in and be willing to spend to get the kind of players the Hornets need to keep CP3 happy and in town.

Or not, may be he turns around and trades him. We don’t know what kind of owner he will be, all we know is he is in the mix.

Stephen Curry gets four-point play after Klay Thompson foul, Curry does some taunting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Stephen Curry is enjoying going against Klay Thompson. Maybe a little too much.

In the first half, Curry was matched up on his Warriors’ backcourt mate and enjoyed that Thompson missed the shot.

Then in the fourth quarter, with the game tight, Curry drained the contested three and drew the and-1 on Thompson — and did a little taunting.

That’s some All-Star fun.

Stephen Curry bounces alley-oop way above rim, Giannis Antetokounmpo slams it down (video)

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CHARLOTTE – Stephen Curry bounced this so high!

I suppose it helps that Giannis Antetokounmpo has such ridiculous reach.

Dirk Nowitzki walks on All-Star court, quickly splashes three threes

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Maybe Dirk Nowitzki shouldn’t retire after this season.

Added to the All-Star Game by Commissioner Adam Silver (along with Dwyane Wade) in what is expected to be the final season for the future Hall of Famer, the greatest shooting big man of all time showed he still has the touch. Entering the game midway through the first quarter, Nowitzki proceeded to quickly splash a couple of threes.

And he was not done yet.

Nowitzki never officially said he was retiring….

Giannis Antetokounmpo throws himself alley-oop on free throw… that obviously doesn’t count (video)

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CHARLOTTE – It’s an All-Star game, but you still can’t do that. A free throw that doesn’t hit rim is a violation, and Giannis Antetokounmpo clearly crossed the line early, too:

He was clearly going for levity, and at least he accomplished that.