Seattle Foiled Again
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 04/29/2013 6:05 PM

    It appears as though the Seattle Supersonics will continue to be a fond Northwest memory for a while longer.

    (AP)--The NBA's relocation committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend that owners reject the application for the Sacramento Kings to relocate to Seattle.
    To me, this felt arbitrary. Seattle certainly has a better case for a team. Northwest teams sell out their games more often than not. Has anyone else taken a peek at the stands during a Kings home game? Nobody shows up. I'm not even sure mayor Kevin Johnson frequents the game, despite his celebration of the committee's recommendation.

     "That's what I'm talking about SACRAMENTO!!!!! WE DID IT!!!!!"--Kevin Johnson via Twitter
    Seattle is definitely guilty of counting its chickens a tad early here, but Johnson seems to be equally guilty. This is a committee recommendation, and the 30 owners won't vote on the relocation until May 13 according to NBA.com. The owners, as they did in the 2011 lockout, have in their hands precedence for future NBA business. In my humble opinion, Sacramento needs to provide a good enough reason for the team to stay if this transaction (or lack thereof) is to be handled fairly.

    The Maloof family that owns the Kings reached an agreement in January to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the team to a group led by investor Chris Hansen at the total franchise valuation of $525 million, topping the NBA-record $450 million that Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the Golden State Warriors for in 2010. Then Hansen increased his offer to $550 million, which implies selling the 65 percent stake for about $357 million... In a letter sent to the relocation and finance committees, the Maloofs said they preferred to sell to the Seattle group and expressed discontent with Sacramento's latest bid.
    I'm no avid capitalist, but it seems odd that the Maloofs aren't being allowed to sell to the highest bidder. The 30 NBA owners, when voting in May, should consider the standard they will be setting for the future when any of them wish to sell their teams. Virtually everyone in Sacramento appears to be less organized and less equipped to keep the team, but they might be given a gift by the league. After the drama surrounding the Sonics' move to Oklahoma City, Seattle's bad blood with the NBA might be further boiled. Someone should tell Michael Corleone that this personal, not business. Meanwhile, Kevin Johnson will continue to tweet away in his fantasy land where the Kings actually have support in Sacramento.

     "I've never been prouder of this city. I thank the ownership group, city leaders, but most of all the BEST FANS IN THE NBA!!!"--Kevin Johnson via Twitter

    I think Rip City respectfully disagrees with your last statement, Mr. Johnson. But what does everyone think about the delay in getting our Pacific Northwest rivals back? Do we want to see a return of the Sonics? Or are we indifferent to the dealings of any team that isn't the Trailblazers?


    The link to the full article on NBA.com:

    http://www.nba.com/2013/news/04/29/kings-bid-denied-by-committee.ap/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpts


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  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 04/29/2013 8:22 PM

    I would like to see Seattle back, but I don't think that Sacramento should lose their team. And are you kidding me with that 'Best fans in the NBA' nonsense?

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 04/29/2013 8:56 PM

    I guess it's not fair to say that every struggling/unsupported franchise should relocate, but I also have to point out the fact that California is the ONLY state in the US with 4 teams. They have a large population, but sheer proximity would make most Sacramento residents either Golden State fans or Lakers fans if they'd never had their own team to begin with. So why is California worth more teams than nearly half the other states combined?

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  1. riverman
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    Posted 04/29/2013 11:52 PM

    I think the Clippers should move to Seattle and have there own stadium without sharing one with the Lakers. The Seattle Clippers has a good ring to it.
    I am a fan of A team that plays like Tower of Power on a big stage on a good night
  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 04/30/2013 5:12 AM

    Great Idea riverman. I'm not from America, but are the four teams, the King, Clippers, Lakers, and Dubs?

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 05/01/2013 5:48 PM

    Yes, RipCity, California is pretty saturated with NBA teams. Texas is the next with 3 teams, but they are spread out enough to each have a large fan base. It also helps that all 3 Texas teams have winning histories. The Kings haven't been worth talking about since C-Webb left. And that was about 15 years ago.

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  1. RipCity 14
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    Posted 05/01/2013 6:23 PM

    San Antonio, Dallas and Houston. The only reason I know anything about American Geography is the NBA.

    I am a fan of Raymond Felton. Haha, seriously though I'm a fan of Batum's Lobs and JJ's Slams.
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