Big Easy ready for showcase
But he’d also like to see more done in areas of New Orleans where recovery hasn’t been so brisk. “We think it’s time to move past having this wonderful tourist ability, a great convention center, and a covered arena, and then you take your guests on tours of areas that have been devastated and where it seems like very, very little has been done,” Stern said. “We don’t understand it.” Hardaway apologizes again: Former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway apologized again for his anti-gay remarks, telling a Miami television station that he “didn’t mean” to say what he said in a South Florida radio interview last week. “I don’t hate gay people,” Hardaway said. “I’m a goodhearted person. I interact with people all the time. … I respect people. For me to say `hate’ was a bad word, and I didn’t mean to use it.” The game will come in the midst of a hectic two-month run for the city, with Mardi Gras squeezed among the Sugar Bowl, college football’s national championship game and the NBA All-Star Game. And given the Saints’ recent success, the possibility of an NFL playoff game in that span exists as well. NBA commissioner David Stern said he has been paying attention to conventions held in the city, “and the reports have been very positive and upbeat.” From the blinding lights of the Las Vegas Strip, the NBA makes its next stop for the All-Star Game in another city with a long history of knowing how to party: NewOrleans. After going most of the past two seasons without pro basketball, the hurricane-damaged city finally gets its home team back next season and hosts the league’s All-Stars, too. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!