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The 1969-70 New Orleans Buccaneers pose for a team photograph during the team's last season in town. The team was subsequently in Memphis for five seasons moved to Memphis before the ABA folded in 1976.
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Local basketball fans have rooted for the Pelicans, the Hornets and the Jazz, but did you ever root for the Buccaneers? 

The Buccaneers were one of the original 11 teams in the American Basketball Association and New Orleans' first professional basketball team. People took notice of the ABA because of the flashy chances they took: they invented the Slam Dunk contest, had celebrity owners, and made open invitations for anyone to play on their teams.

Ian McNulty

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by family members he recently removed as heirs of his NFL and NBA teams.

Benson’s lawyers filed an answer to the lawsuit yesterday in civil district court in New Orleans. He says he made a "deliberate, reasoned and difficult decision" to change his succession plan so that Gayle Benson, his wife of 10 years, inherits control of the teams.

New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans unveiled a new ad campaign on Tuesday, riffing on the hilarious, iconic Frankie & Johnny’s “Special Man” commercials from the 1980s.

The commercial — starring Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans, and Anthony Davis — is promoting a new three-game discounted ticket plan. Fans can purchase three-game packages of tickets to any game for $24 a seat.

Davis fills the role of the eponymous, cigar-smoking Special Man, originally played by Lester Love, Sr., a salesman at the furniture store who passed away in 2001.

The company that manages the Superdome and Smoothie King Center is in line for a contract renewal through 2022.

A panel of lawmakers and other state official agreed yesterday to the five-year contract extension for the SMG company. The action also must win approval from lawmakers through mailed ballot.

Ron Forman is chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District. He says SMG is taking a $300,000 annual cut in fees, and will pay $5 million toward facility improvements under the new deal.

SMG has held the contract for nearly 40 years.

New Orleans Pelicans

This story has been updated.  

Anthony Davis, the third-year phenom making his way to his second All-Star Game, scored 32 points and collected 10 rebounds, leading the New Orleans Pelicans in a 99-74 thrashing of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Smoothie King Center.

It was the twelfth time this season Davis had scored at least 30 points in a game, and was his 26th double-double of 2014-15.

Tom Benson is not leaving the Saints and Pelicans to his daughter and her children after all.

He agreed to a succession plan that will give his wife, Gayle, control of New Orleans' two major professional sports franchises after his death.

The 87-year-old Benson says his decision is meant to ensure the clubs' "long-term stability and success."

He says the move will also preserve the teams’ tradition of working for the good of New Orleans and the region.

The New Orleans Pelicans have completed a three-team trade that has been in the works all this weekend, sending Austin Rivers to the Boston Celtics and Russ Smith to the Memphis Grizzlies.

In return, New Orleans has received forward Quincy Pondexter and a future second-round draft pick from the Grizzlies.

Pondexter started his career in New Orleans, appearing in 66 games during the 2010-11 season. That year the then-Hornets went 46-36 and made the playoffs, but were eliminated in the first round in six games by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The New Orleans Pelicans turned some good defense, and scoring performances of 20 points or more by four different players, into a win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies, beating them 106-95.

Memphis came into the game ranked third in the Western Conference, and had won four of their last six.

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Anointed Hands Boxing Gym on Pontchartrain Drive in Slidell is a modest facility, filled with loud music and kids. It is kind of like a community center — the coach taught a group of kids how to hit the boxing bags while others played on gym equipment and parents joked at the front desk.
 

 It is not necessarily what you would expect at a boxing gym. That could be because the owners, Dupre and Shedee Strickland, aim to do more than offer training for aspiring boxers — they want to help.

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