Dallas coach and New Orleans native Avery Johnson, as reported by Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News:
"It's only going to fully recover when the government gets off its butt, when the state and local authorities that are in power positions stop thinking about themselves and really start to care more about the people and housing and jobs, when everybody quits all the foolishness all of the red tape. When [the authorities] manage the money properly and get it to the right people and families who need it, then it'll start moving in the right direction. Until then ... "
At the same time, Johnson said he "would like to commend [commissioner] David Stern just for keeping the All-Star Game down there. I commend [New Orleans Hornets owner George] Shinn for getting the team back down there, not giving up on New Orleans.
"They need some sort of entertainment. They need people in the entertainment industry to really care about them. I'm glad the Sugar Bowl is back. I'm glad the Hornets are back [after two seasons in Oklahoma City]. Whatever we can do to try and pump some life into the city, I think it's a necessity."