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Stern blocks bounty, Brees questions at Benson press conference


NBA Commissioner David Stern used to be a lawyer.  On Monday, he dusted off a common tactic utilized at depositions.

Stern instructed the witness not to answer a question.

At a press conference regarding the purchase of the New Orleans Hornets by New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, ESPN’s Ed Werder tried to ask about the football team’s bounty situation and its contractual contractual stalemate with quarterback Drew Brees.

I’m not going to allow Mr. Benson to answer that,” Stern said.  (There’s no word on whether Stern then wagged his finger Mutumbo style while saying, “I’m in your head, Werder.”)

Stern justified playing defense for Benson by explaining that the press conference had nothing to do with his football team.  “This is an NBA thing,” Stern said. “And if ESPN has a problem with that, they can call me at the office.”

Benson did talk about his ability to operate two franchises, and the first order of business seems to be finding a new name for one of them.

“I like would all of you to help me with this, too,” Benson said. “We want to change the name from the Hornets to something that means New Orleans or Louisiana.  You know, the Hornets don’t mean anything.”

Feel free to make some suggestions in the comments.

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77 Responses to “Stern blocks bounty, Brees questions at Benson press conference”
  1. duanethomas says: Apr 16, 2012 9:47 PM

    The New Orleans Bounties.

  2. cakemixa says: Apr 16, 2012 9:52 PM

    Stern owned Werder/ESPN like a bauce.

  3. kahnsbushymustache says: Apr 16, 2012 9:52 PM

    The New Orleans Beignets – because Tom Benson’s face looks like a big hunk of fried dough…

  4. sdsupersean says: Apr 16, 2012 9:56 PM

    The New Orleans Jambalaya!

  5. benmci says: Apr 16, 2012 9:58 PM

    Ed Werder- what an idiot. Have you ever heard of that old saying “there is a time and a place”. Guess what NOT THE TIME- NOT THE PLACE! Ed your the idiot in the media that the other media talks bad about. Maybe you couldn’t distinguish the difference between an NBA news conference and a NFL news conference. With dumbass questions like that your next jobs questions will be “would you like fries with that?”

  6. danpit2 says: Apr 16, 2012 9:59 PM

    They should be called the New Orleans headhunters

  7. duece5 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:00 PM

    How about the “Bayou Bounties”

  8. matt2calvin says: Apr 16, 2012 10:01 PM

    How about the “Bounty Boys”?

  9. elmustardo says: Apr 16, 2012 10:01 PM

    New Orleans Crawfish

  10. advocado5 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:01 PM

    New Orleans HeadHunters
    New Orleans Mercenaries

  11. sagnam says: Apr 16, 2012 10:04 PM

    Sinners! Get it?

  12. wtfru2 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:05 PM

    Louisiana Bountiful’s. Oh that’s right Bountiful is in Utah…..

  13. tommyf15 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:06 PM

    I like the idea that they’ll be changing the team’s nickname.

    As far as the Saints’ bounties stuff, Stern did the right thing. It was an NBA presser and besides, what else is there to ask Benson about Bountygate at this point?

  14. piperworm says: Apr 16, 2012 10:06 PM

    David Stern’s Jock

  15. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 16, 2012 10:07 PM

    Ha! Great to see someone put these twits at ESPN in their place. And I didn’t realize that Ed Werder did anything for ESPN other than cover the Cowgirls.

  16. buflo66 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:08 PM

    New Orleans Jazz

    Oh wait…

  17. mdbengal says: Apr 16, 2012 10:12 PM


  18. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 10:12 PM

    I’d suggest Jazz, but then the team might evenutally move to some place that has absolutely no association with jazz so you’d wind up with some ridiculously named team like the Utah Jazz … oh wait …

  19. couldntthinkofaname says: Apr 16, 2012 10:13 PM

    Crawfish Crybabies

  20. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Apr 16, 2012 10:14 PM

    How about; the NEW ORLEANS WHO DAT

  21. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 16, 2012 10:14 PM

    David rebuked the reporters. Sternly.

  22. yaryers says: Apr 16, 2012 10:18 PM

    New Orleans Hurricanes

  23. staffordwives9999 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:20 PM

    New Orleans Neanderthals. Bree’s Bountys I don’t care

  24. gauglerlovesjesus says: Apr 16, 2012 10:22 PM

    how about the new Orleans brawlers

  25. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 16, 2012 10:23 PM

    Perpetrators. Or “Perps” for short.

  26. usmutts says: Apr 16, 2012 10:25 PM

    Babyhorse, you da’ man!

  27. pigskin28 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:26 PM


  28. pigskin28 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:35 PM


  29. athoula707 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:45 PM

    New Orleans bounty hunters

  30. Manbearpig says: Apr 16, 2012 10:46 PM

    New Orleans Asterisks.

  31. packerpride03 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:54 PM

    New Orleans floods

  32. toes110 says: Apr 16, 2012 10:56 PM

    The N.O explanations

  33. bigdog3838 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:05 PM

    N.O. GOOD.

  34. sarkodrama says: Apr 16, 2012 11:08 PM

    Humor is great but most of these nicknames are so stupid, yes stupid, they don’t even deserve scoff.

  35. ytsejamer1 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:11 PM

    sagnam…clever. That’s a great name…too bad it’ll likely never happen. +1.

    I kind of like David Stern. Sometimes he does some pretty heavy handed stuff for the NBA, but one thing I’ll give him props for is that he doesn’t put up with much nonsense and he’s got a pretty good BS detector.

    He comes off as one of the more straight-forward “suits” in professional sports. It’s no wonder he and Mark Cuban don’t get along – they’re cut from the same cloth in that regard.

  36. smartanis says: Apr 16, 2012 11:21 PM

    The New Orleans Headhunters. Yeah, that sounds about right.

  37. heizenberg81 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:21 PM

    New Orleans Breeze (They’re the Brees knees, oops, bee….oh forget it)

  38. heizenberg81 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:24 PM

    New Orleans Explanations (Close 2nd for Drew)

  39. heizenberg81 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:26 PM

    N.O. Beads?

  40. santolonius says: Apr 16, 2012 11:26 PM

    The New Orleans Booby Flashers

  41. chawk12thman says: Apr 16, 2012 11:28 PM

    Only one question needed to be asked: Will he institute the same enforcement payout system for the Basketball Team as he had in NFL?

  42. KimberlyRatliff says: Apr 16, 2012 11:31 PM

    Once they think of a new name in the big easy, then maybe we can change the Charlotte Bobcats back to the Hornets. It means something here.

  43. 69finfan says: Apr 16, 2012 11:34 PM

    New Orleans Vieux Carre’

  44. astrosfan75956 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:42 PM

    New Orleans Pirates

  45. astrosfan75956 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:45 PM

    New Orleans Nuns

  46. thejuddstir says: Apr 16, 2012 11:48 PM

    How about the Taints*…..oh wait, that’s already taken.

  47. covercorner says: Apr 16, 2012 11:49 PM

    Name the team the Quicker Picker Uppers.

  48. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 16, 2012 11:49 PM

    The Big Sleazy.

  49. dolphinatic says: Apr 16, 2012 11:50 PM

    I suggest the Jango’s, Boba’s, Fett’s, or Your New Orleans Dog the Bounty Hunters.

  50. bambam2284 says: Apr 16, 2012 11:58 PM


  51. 69firebird says: Apr 17, 2012 12:10 AM

    N.O. Head up their a$$

  52. packerfanfordecades says: Apr 17, 2012 12:13 AM

    let’s see …………






  53. gg213606 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:37 AM

    It’s the NBA, who cares?

  54. ricksaints says: Apr 17, 2012 12:44 AM

    Nola frelons. Hornets in french

  55. hannahsdaddy says: Apr 17, 2012 12:54 AM

    New Orleans Swamp

  56. anarchopurplism says: Apr 17, 2012 12:58 AM

    The New Orleans Mormons!!!

  57. asublimeday says: Apr 17, 2012 1:14 AM

    Benson, who wanted to move the saints?

    How about the Benedict Arnold’s?

    Meh, who cares anyway? They’ll still suck.

  58. oister78 says: Apr 17, 2012 1:18 AM

    Ed Werder is the biggest idiot in the media. They should have revoked his right to cover these such events after a stupid question like that. What kind of response did he actually think he was going to get? He must think he is Barbra Walters or Diane Sawyer or something,,,,,,,, you know, the journalist who asks the “tough questions” and demands an answer for the “people”. What a D-Bag,,,,,, a true, legitimate D-Bag.

  59. tjoyce41 says: Apr 17, 2012 1:25 AM

    New Orleans Sentinels. A reference to the War of 1812. Without N.O. we might be british

  60. lawboy2000 says: Apr 17, 2012 2:51 AM

    New Orleans Mutiny

  61. bcjim says: Apr 17, 2012 6:59 AM

    Hey Ed, shouldn’t you be shining Jerrahs shoes or preparing some fluff piece on the cowgirls?

  62. GG Eden says: Apr 17, 2012 7:19 AM

    New Orleans Cheetahs

  63. 12strikes says: Apr 17, 2012 7:23 AM

    “Feel free to make some suggestions in the comments.” When I red that I went into overload… but here I go any way:

    1. Bayou Bounties
    2. N.O. Knee-capers

  64. musicman495 says: Apr 17, 2012 8:06 AM

    Manbearpig says: Apr 16, 2012 10:46 PM

    New Orleans Asterisks.
    Give it a rest.

  65. 49erstim says: Apr 17, 2012 8:08 AM

    Yeah. I just thought I’d point out that there are more comments on this one thread than there are comments posted on every ProBasketballTalk article from last week. Nobody cares about the NBA anymore. Have you tried watching an NBA game lately? Ugh.

    However Since we are supposed to be poking fun at the scandal I’ll say the Bourbon Street Urinals. I don’t actually remember seeing any urinals or port-a-johns, but the smell of urine was overpowering!

  66. stubbyjones says: Apr 17, 2012 8:21 AM

    New Orleans Voodoo.

  67. keepounding1234 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:03 AM

    The Louisiana Swamp rats!!!

  68. krank00 says: Apr 17, 2012 9:30 AM

    9er you got it. I do not remember any urinals either but there is a lot of stuff I can not remember from my last trip to N.O.

    N.O. Hangovers

  69. 16x8equal49ers says: Apr 17, 2012 10:20 AM

    How about the New Orleans “Clippers” oops thats already a team haha

  70. bigbadass says: Apr 17, 2012 10:40 AM

    Either the New Orleans or Louisiana Pelicans or Honey Bees these are state related bird and insect. I like the swarming defense of the New Orleans Honey Bees!

  71. beeronthefridge says: Apr 17, 2012 12:09 PM

    The NBA is more corrupt than the NFL!

  72. slobmykolb says: Apr 17, 2012 12:34 PM

    New Orleans Rhythm

  73. broo53 says: Apr 17, 2012 12:54 PM

    New Orleans Fightin’ Nutria.

  74. musicman495 says: Apr 17, 2012 1:10 PM

    Maybe if Ed Werder wants to be a real journalist – rather than just playing one on TV – he could ask a few pointed questions to Roger Goodell about the bounty story, rather than Tom Benson and David Stern:

    1- Where are the 50,000 pages?

    2- Where are the three years of illegal hits?

    3- Where are the three years of cart offs (other than the Saints’ own Reggie Bush)?

    Of course, if he asked those, maybe he would not be invited to next year’s free Super Bowl buffet.

  75. dcouzens75 says: Apr 17, 2012 1:58 PM

    How about a 3 team name trade?

    New Orleans Jazz

    Charlotte Hornets

    Utah Bobcats

    Oh wait, that would make too much sense.

  76. vtopa says: Apr 17, 2012 11:24 PM


  77. djjasonpaul says: Apr 19, 2012 3:18 PM

    VooDoo or Blues, already took Jazz which would of been my first pick..

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