Crime in New Orleans puts NBA All-Sta...

Crime in New Orleans puts NBA All-Star Game

There are 4 comments on the Newsday story from Mar 1, 2007, titled Crime in New Orleans puts NBA All-Star Game. In it, Newsday reports that:

It's been a busy couple of days for Billy Hunter, who raised some legitimate concerns about bringing the NBA All-Star Game to New Orleans and took so much heat for it that he had to resort to damage control.

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NOLA Resident

New York, NY

#1 Mar 1, 2007
Another incredibly inaccurate rant from a misguided Newsday columnist. You must have been spending too much time with Shawn Powell.

If any city other than NY and LA can handle a large influx of gang bangers and drug dealers, New Orleans can. The police, especially the ones that are left, are more experienced with dealing with guns, drugs, drunks and murders.

Who are the Las Vegas police experienced dealing with? Prostitutes and tourists.

If the NBA All-Star game bring out such a bad element, what makes you think the whole thing shouldn't just be scrapped, or maybe just annually held in Salt Lake City?
George of Bayside

New York, NY

#2 Mar 1, 2007
In my three visits to New Orleans, two of them Super Bowls, the police ( local and state) disappeared at 1230 AM. It turns into NYC when David Dinkins was the mayor. You can see the perps eyeballing the drunks in the casino on Canal Street. Don't get me wrong I will always reccommend a visit to by any adult but get off the street before the animals take over. One conviction in a year is a MAJOR clue. How many credit or ATM cards get swiped there during each event? This is not Branson, MO or even AC. Grannies stay home!

Montvale, NJ

#4 Mar 6, 2007
David Stern's Traveling thug show is responsible for the injuries suffered by Tommy Urbanski.notice the backpedeling by stern. Last weeks missive was not the nba fault we clean up our act. 3 days later, thug artest beats up his Girlfriend, Now its I work for the owners it's not my fault. Quite a change from the all powerfull emeperor of the NBA.he thought he would bring his thug show unto anything goes Vegas and make some big he runs for cover

Las Vegas, NV

#5 Feb 20, 2011
RE: NOLA Resident

Even though this post was 4 years ago, just wanted to weigh in for record's sake.

The crime that happened during the Vegas All Star Weekend had absolutely nothing to do with our Police Department, and everything to do with the fact that the games attracted all of the gangs from around the city (yes, we have a lot, not just "tourists and prostitutes"), plus many of the gangs from LA and Phoenix. The Strip, quite literally, was filled end-to-end with a dangerous element.

I think it was perfectly reasonable to assume that when Las Vegas, who handles MILLIONS of people at a time on holidays like NYE and who prepared from All Star, had problems, then a weakened New Orleans should have been concerned.

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