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tk13
04-13-2006, 07:56 PM
Errr... yeah....

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-stern-sonics&prov=ap&type=lgns

Stern: Seattle 'not interested in having the NBA there'

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer
April 13, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Stern gave another warning that the SuperSonics could eventually leave Seattle, saying Thursday that the city is, "not interested in having the NBA there."

The NBA commissioner also touched on the situations regarding the Trail Blazers and Hornets during a conference call, but his strongest words were saved for the Sonics' future in Seattle.

Stern has said the Sonics' lease with the city is the worst in the NBA, and he went to Seattle in February to ask Washington state lawmakers for tax money to renovate Key Arena.

Sonics owner Howard Schultz, the chairman of Starbucks Corp., has threatened to move or sell the team if state lawmakers don't approve a sales-tax package to pay for a new or renovated arena. But state lawmakers last month said there would be no deal this year.

"I would say that the city is making it pretty clear of what they want us to do, and we'll accommodate them," Stern said.

Asked what that meant, Stern responded: "What I mean is they're not interested in having the NBA there. We understand that, we understand that there are competing issues, and the mayor is free to make whatever decisions he needs to make and I support that.

"But that's a pretty strong signal and I think that the existing ownership has said they don't want to own a team that's not in Seattle, so I know what they're in the process of doing. So we'll just see how this play ends."

Marianne Bichsel, spokeswoman for Mayor Greg Nickels, said the city wants the Sonics to remain in Seattle.

"The mayor has made it perfectly clear in several interviews given, the Sonics have been in Seattle for 40-plus years, and we would like them around another 40-plus years and we'd like them at Key Arena," she said. "We're in discussions with the Sonics a lot about the situation, but we have a lease through 2010 and we fully expect that the lease will be honored."

But once the lease expires in 2010, it doesn't sound as if the league would stand in the way if ownership wants to move the franchise.

"It's not a very good lease, to say the least it's the worst in the league," Stern said. "The city says they're not prepared to do anything to improve it. I don't think this is a difficult choice."

Also, Stern said he would "never say never" to getting involved again in the situation in Portland. The NBA recently pulled out of the process of trying to help find one buyer for both the Trail Blazers and the Rose Garden because it was frustrated by Portland Arena Management, the lenders who now own the arena.

And he repeated that the Hornets will return to New Orleans, even if investors from Oklahoma buy a minority share of the team from George Shinn, saying that he didn't even know how the Hornets would get out of their lease with the city.

"I have no idea," he said, "because we're not planning to break it."

whoaskew
04-13-2006, 08:14 PM
I would love it. Just make sure it happens soon, so that Allen and Lewis are still on the team. That way they would be capable of winning a lot of games. The last thing I want is a team who moves here and takes ten years to have a winning record.

Skip Towne
04-13-2006, 08:17 PM
I would love it. Just make sure it happens soon, so that Allen and Lewis are still on the team. That way they would be capable of winning a lot of games. The last thing I want is a team who moves here and takes ten years to have a winning record.
They wouldn't make it ten years with a losing record.

Ultra Peanut
04-13-2006, 08:28 PM
HAY SEATTLE

WTF

Sully
04-13-2006, 08:33 PM
No.
NHL.

UteChief
04-13-2006, 08:41 PM
Kansas City Supersonics doesn't sound good at all. Seattle is stupid if they let them get away.

Joe Seahawk
04-13-2006, 09:22 PM
It'll be the Bellevue Sonics IMO

Old Dog
04-13-2006, 09:53 PM
I don't think KC is big enough for both the Sonics and the Magic.

Deberg_1990
04-13-2006, 10:59 PM
Id be interested in any NBA team that KC is able to aquire

Rausch
04-13-2006, 11:10 PM
I want the KC Jazz...

44Grimmace
04-14-2006, 12:12 AM
just so long as it's basketball and not hockey

htismaqe
04-14-2006, 06:20 AM
I'd love it.

I used to be a big Sonics fan when I cared about the NBA. Love Kemp and Payton and Michael Cage.

1adam1238
04-14-2006, 06:32 AM
I want the KC Jazz...

The Jazz aren't going to move. Where else am I going to get my NBA fix?

Though I was liking the idea of Las Vegas Sonics!!!!!!

Ultra Peanut
04-14-2006, 09:17 AM
I'd love it.

I used to be a big Sonics fan when I cared about the NBA. Love Kemp and Payton and Michael Cage.Michael Cage is now a TV analyst for Grizzlies games.

RIP, Don Poier. :(

Ultra Peanut
04-14-2006, 09:18 AM
It'll be the Bellevue Sonics IMOLike the Glendale Coyotes, or Arlington Rangers?

Saulbadguy
04-14-2006, 10:17 AM
It wouldn't work with an NBA team already assembling in Manhattan, KS.

HC_Chief
04-14-2006, 10:21 AM
It wouldn't work with an NBA team already assembling in Manhattan, KS.

BWAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA ROFL

'Hamas' Jenkins
04-14-2006, 10:21 AM
If they do move, in honor of the BBQ heritage of KC we should rename them the Kansas City Itis.

Mr. Flopnuts
04-14-2006, 10:35 AM
I think it's interesting that on one hand we say that taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for stadium upgrades and building arenas for multimillionaires and then say a city would be stupid to let a team go. Seattle would love to keep the Sonics, but they're not going to renegotiate a deal that the Sonics themselves proposed a decade ago. The lease runs through 2010, if prior ownership didn't have the foresight to see this coming then tough shit. The lease is up in 4 years they can negotiate then. I don't feel sorry for these guys. They can spend their own money to build the arenas that they use to overcharge the real fans that have now been priced out of attendance.