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McGrady could skip New Orleans All-Star game

HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady said Wednesday
he would consider skipping next year's All-Star game if he felt he
wouldn't be safe in New Orleans.

"When they first mentioned to me that the All-Star game was
going to be in New Orleans, the first thing I thought about is how
much security they are going to have for the players and everybody
there," McGrady said.

"I don't think it's the right city to have this type of event
right now. I know the city is in need of trying to get back on
their feet, in need of money. Safety comes first. I'm sure they
have to do a lot of research and look into before they really make
this decision."

The security issue became a larger concern after there were
hundreds of arrests in Las Vegas during All-Star weekend.

"If I don't feel that I'm going to be safe, if I am on that
team, I will look into probably not even going," McGrady said.

McGrady's comments came two days after union director Billy
Hunter raised his concerns over New Orleans' ability to host the
weekend's events, telling Newsday that, "If the union is not
convinced that the city can accommodate the All-Star game, it's an
issue that will be subject to litigation between the union and the
league."

However, Hunter said he was just speaking hypothetically, and
both he and NBA commissioner David Stern said they expect next
year's weekend to be successful.