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Commish: Attendance in Oklahoma City not a factor

Updated: January 19, 2006, 4:24 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- NBA Commissioner David Stern said the Hornets' repeated large crowds in Oklahoma City will not be a factor in determining whether the team returns to New Orleans.

Stern told the Times-Picayune in a phone interview this week that it appears the repopulation of the New Orleans area is on pace to be of the size needed to support an NBA team for the long term.

While praising Oklahoma City's support of the NBA, Stern said the league still wants a team in New Orleans.

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