NBA Commissioner David Stern said yesterday that he would like the New Orleans Hornets to make a decision by January on whether they plan to pick up their second-year option to play in Oklahoma City. "I'd like to see that very, very early. We've got another season to plan for," Stern said.

The Hornets were displaced from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and the league elected to have the team play 35 games in Oklahoma City and six in Baton Rouge, La.

The Hornets were given an option to play in Oklahoma City if New Orleans was unable to immediately support the team. Although Oklahoma City responded well to the Hornets in their season opener Tuesday, Stern said the league is committed to keeping the team in New Orleans.

* The Pacers will retire Reggie Miller's No. 31 on March 30. Miller played his entire career with Indiana and retired after last season as the Pacers' leader in points, assists and steals. He also was a five-time all-star and set records for three-point field goals made and attempted.

* EXTENDED STAY: Milwaukee will retain GM Larry Harris through the 2007-08 season. Harris, 42, is in his third season as Bucks general manager.

* NUGGET ARRESTED: Nuggets G Andre Miller was arrested on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a traffic citation. He was later released.

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