Buy the Hawks. Save the NBA.

The former players looking to buy the Atlanta Hawks may not be perfect owners. But they could heal racial divides.

It helps, of course, that the Hawks are the best team in the Eastern Conference.

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A baseball legend and two former basketball players are among the many people interested in buying the embattled Atlanta Hawks. After a string of embarrassments over race, that could help bridge the league's divides -- even if it raises other problems.

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