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May 6, 2004

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Hornets GM retires; coach's future uncertain

New Orleans -- The New Orleans Hornets' disappointing season wasn't the reason general manager Bob Bass retired Wednesday.

"I coached two years in high school, 17 years in college, then spent 36 years in the ABA and NBA -- that is a hell of a long time any way you look at it," the Texas native said. "It's time to take a permanent leave and go back to Texas and enjoy whatever I have left."

The Hornets were eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday night by the Miami Heat, losing Game 7, 85-77.

Bass was instrumental in the hiring of coach Tim Floyd before this season. The Hornets were riddled with injuries to key players, hurt by inconsistent shooting and hampered by defensive lapses. They started fast, but finished 41-41.

Floyd's future is uncertain. Shinn said everything is up for review. Floyd is now 90-231 in four-plus seasons in the NBA.

Pacers' O'Neal wins media award

Indianapolis -- Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal won the Magic Johnson Award on Wednesday for his cooperation with the media.

Voted on by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, the award is given annually to a player who is both successful on the court and professional with the media.

O'Neal, who finished third in MVP voting earlier this week, has earned a reputation as a readily accessible standout who gives thoughtful responses to questions.

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