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Batum ready for fresh start, expanded role with Hornets

Soon as Nicolas Batum learned he'd been traded to Charlotte, he called fellow Frenchman Boris Diaw for the low-down. Diaw told Batum where to go and where to eat . So Friday at Batum's introductory news conference, someone asked Batum if he'd start riding around on a Segway as Diaw did. "Yes!" Batum joked. "I think I'm going to do the very same thing." OK, now we know new Hornet Batum is playful. Hornets coach Steve Clifford thinks can be a lot more than that, a lot more than he was as a Portland Trail Blazer. Clifford told Batum this trade will expand his role. He's no longer playing with stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, standing...

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