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David Stern sounds positive about NBA returning to Seattle

Oct 8, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

Seattle skyline

It is not really a dramatic bit of news, but this does give you a sense of the NBA’s attitude.

At David Stern’s press conference is Milan Sunday, a foreign reporter asked the final question of the day, about a return of the NBA to Seattle. Here was Stern’s response:

“The answer is there seem to be plans moving along for a new arena in Seattle. There was general agreement in the past that Seattle needed a new arena. It would be my hope that within the timeframe that you mentioned five years that if everything works out perfectly, there would be a new arena and a new team in Seattle. That’s always, for the NBA board of governors, but I know that many governors are favorably inclined.”

Plans for a new arena have been approved and are continuing to move forward, but the next major step is for developer Chris Hansen and partners to get a team that he can anchor the building.

If you want to parse Stern’s words, he says “if everything works out perfectly” and “new team” as if to imply an expansion team. Expansion was something Stern seemed to rule out in the past, but in those cases it was a discussion of putting a team in a smaller market. Seattle is not a small market, and it has the kind of wealthy businesses that can snap up expensive luxury boxes.

I’m not sold that’s it. I think Stern still may be thinking about relocation of another franchise. I know, you’re all thinking Sacramento. But right now the Maloofs are not willing to give up their toy. And I’m done trying to guess how that cluster… mess is going to play out.

I think the big thing to note here is that however Hansen and his guys get a team there would be little if any resistance from the NBA to getting the team up and running in Seattle quickly.

  1. AlohaMrHand - Oct 8, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    It’s going to be the Kings.No other team in the NBA is in limbo as far as arena issues or ownership unable to run the team in the market they reside in.The Maloofs will eventually decide to go there or sell.The ship has sailed in Sacramento and while unfortunate that’s just how it is.

    • eugenesaxe - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:04 PM

      The Maloofs aren’t going to SEA. Hanson wants his own team, he’s not building an arena for someone else.

  2. eugenesaxe - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    Stern said long ago “Get a new arena, you’ll get a team”. They may end up with an NHL team first, but Stern owes the city.They didn’t lose the Sonics due to lack of support.

  3. blaksteele - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Never should have let the team leave in the first place, Stern. You could have prevented all of this.

  4. nygiantstones - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Seattle native here – I’m not interested unless the team is the Oklahoma City Thunder.

  5. dalucks - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I guess Seattle and Kansas City will get two expansion teams so there will be 32 teams in the NBA.

  6. onbucky96 - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Wrong, the Bucks will move if no new arena is built.

    • AlohaMrHand - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      The Seattle Bucks?

    • dhagentj - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:58 PM

      Finally, payback for the other team taken from Seattle, the Pilots of Major League Baseball (now the Brewers). There are only two clubs I wouldn’t feel bad about relocating to Seattle, and those would be the Thunder and Bucks.

    • fm31970 - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Entirely possible. The Bradley Cen-err, BMO Harris Center is outdated, and the team makes no money of off it, plus Herb Kohl has tried to sell the team before, so it wouldn’t be surprising if they were sold and moved…much like what happened to the Sonics.

      The Packers dominate sports here, and the Brewers get second pickings, the the UW Badgers get sloppy thirds. Doesn’t leave much for the Bucks to be honest, and I hate to say it, but I don’t think they’d be terribly missed if they left.

  7. Gordon - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    The Hawks should move to Seattle. Atlanta is an awful bball town.

  8. hatesycophants - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    They don’t deserve another team. When a team leaves a city, with very rare exception, it is because of lack of support. Your owner didn’t sneak away in the dead of night. You let him leave. Screw you.

    • dhagentj - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:57 PM

      Perhaps you don’t know how underhanded the whole situation was. Ever heard of a film called “Sonicsgate”?

    • seattlereign - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Hatesycophants, when you speak about a topic you know nothing about it makes you sound ignorant. Watch the Sonicsgate documentary if you would like to know the truth!

      • seattlereign - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        I’m guessing you reside in OKC!

  9. jprcox - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Im in Seattle, and we had enough losing teams to support year after year. I, for one, am not going to go to any NBA game or even watch a Seattle team until they are up to par with the team we lost. We waited for a player like Durrant, and then we get him and we lose the team. I think the NBA doesn’t realize how we feel up here about their “product”. We are mad.

    I was the biggest NBA fan, even flying down to LA for certain games, and now I won’t watch a game on TV. I’m into college hoops though – GO DAWGS.

  10. dans761 - Oct 10, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    If there is any justice in this world then the Seattle Supersonics should be reborn! Shame shame on you David Stern for allowing them to leave in the first place! David Stern, you should do everything within your power to return the NBA back to Seattle! At the very least you owe us that…

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