Category Archives: SuperSonics

Best Dunker of the 90’s?

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Sonics fans would argue that Shawn Kemp was the greatest dunker of the 1990’s. Guys like Jordan, Wilkins, Drexler, Rice and many more including Spud Webb and Mugsey Bogues would have something to say about that.

Who do you think was the best?

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Phil Jackson Would Have Been a High-Ranking Executive With The Sonics

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Phil Jackson Would Have Been a High-Ranking Executive With The Sonics

It’s been discussed since before we found out that the Kings were ultimately staying in Sacramento. Phil Jackson, the former Bulls and Lakers coach with eleven championships (coaching) was targeted to be a part of Chris Hansen’s Sonics.

Neither Hansen or Jackson had ever publicly commented about their discussions before the NBA Board Of Governors voted to keep the Sacramento Kings from relocating. The Kings were eventually sold to Vivek Ranadive for $535 million. $90 million less than the offer the Seattle group had made the Maloof family.

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Since the news broke, Jackson has been on multiple TV and radio shows such as Jimmy Kimmel and The Dan Patrick Show promoting his book.

Jackson has confirmed that Hansen had offered him his pick of any role he would have liked with the Supersonics. The Zen Master specifically referenced advisory roles as well as an ownership opportunity in the discussions. Whether he’d be interested in coaching in Seattle isn’t clear, although, Jackson has pointed out many times that he wouldn’t coach again in the NBA.

Check out his appearance on The Dan Patrick Show below and tell us what you think about arguably the greatest coach in the NBA’s history nearly becoming a high-profile figure with the Supersonics.

Reports: Kings Staying in Sacramento

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sonics kings logo 2Initial reports are that the NBA Board of Governors have voted to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Various media outlets and reporters are commenting that “high level” sources have confirmed the results of the vote.

The Seattle group led by Chris Hansen went into their meeting with the BOG which lasted approximately 30 minutes.

The Sacramento contingent consisting of Mayor Kevin Johnson and Vivek Ranadive and other then had their chance. Their meeting exceeded the time Seattle was given and was closer to an hour.

The two groups each retreated without comment after their respective meetings and the NBA’s owners took a break in the lobby which many reporters stated was filled with a few animated discussions. David Stern was seen joining Mark Cuban and others in the talks.

We’re just waiting on the press conference to begin which can be seen here.

http://www.king5.com/live-stream/pop-up-no-ads/NWCN-Live-Stream-205420931.html

 

The Sonics and Kings Battle Ends Today

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Update: Kings Staying in Sacramento

Today is the day that hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people have waited for. Two cities, both with hopes of an NBA team playing in their town next season expect the decision of NBA team owners on the future of the Sacramento Kings franchise.

The back story has been well documented here at SSC as well as many other local and national media outlets. I won’t go into that in this post. If you need to get caught up you can read that by clicking the following links.

It started with:

Sonics are Back!

Then evolved into:

Not so fast!

And then:

NBA Relocation Committee Says No to Seattle

And finally…

Major news in the Sonics Sales Agreement

There, now you’re all up to date.

Here is what both sides want to hear from the NBA tomorrow.

What Sacramento wants to hear:

Sacramento expects to hear that the NBA will not allow the relocation of the Kings to Seattle, upholding the 7-0 vote by the committee, and will also not approve Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmers to purchase the Kings from the Maloof family.

They would like the Maloof’s to then sell their share in the Kings to the ownership group led by Vivek Ranadive. Ranadive currently owns a stake on the Golden State Warriors and has become the “whale” that Sacramento Mayor, Kevin Johnson, was in search of since the sale of the Kings to Hansen was first reported.

What Seattle wants to hear:

Seattle fans on the other hand would love to hear an official announcement that the NBA Relocation Committee has approved the request to relocate the Kings to Seattle, something that the Maloof family had submitted paperwork for months ago.

Following the approval of the move, the NBA would support the sale of the team to the Hansen/Ballmer group for a record amount and the Sonics would be playing in Key Arena in a few short months.

This would not only set the precedent that all NBA owners can sell their franchise to whomever they wish, but would also establish a new record for what an NBA team is worth – upwards of $600 million or more. Every franchises value would go up. Ownership in an NBA team would be even more sought after and profitable, partly because the NBA would be bringing the Kings to a larger TV market and would be guaranteed to receive yearly payments from the Sonics for the competitive balance pool.

What will likely happen:

The NBA is in a very difficult situation. It’s a no-win kind of situation if you look at everything that has been reported in the past few days and months.

The only, and I mean only way that the NBA can truly come out of this looking like the good guys is by allowing the Sacramento Kings to stay in Sacramento with a new ownership group. An ownership group that does not include Chris Hansen or Steve Ballmer. Or the Maloof’s, who the NBA desperately wants to exile from the ownership ranks.

Seattle fans have to admit that Sacramento has fought tooth and nail for their team. It absolutely deserves to keep it.

This however wouldn’t be a winning situation for the NBA. Not with another city deserving of a team and that has gone beyond what they should have to do to get a team after theirs was stolen years ago.

This is why I think the NBA will announce that it will grant an expansion team to the city of Seattle. Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer will be allowed to pay expansion fees and a new team will be established in the Pacific Northwest within 2-3 years.

It’s likely Hansen will consider this somewhat of a loss as he has fought for the NBA to begin playing games in Key Arena this upcoming season. This is the best scenario that the NBA can come up with to please two rabid fanbases as well as maintain a positive image across the country.

Expansion would cause other issues. The league would have uneven teams and Commissioner David Stern has claimed expansion was not possible for at least three years. I think Seattle is an exception in this case.

Today is the perfect opportunity for the NBA to please the millions of fans in both markets with what they want – to watch NBA basketball in their city again.

Major New Revelation in The Sonics / Kings Saga

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Not only has Chris Hansen raised his offer for the Kings for the third time, by $75 million, but the Maloofs and Hansen have come to terms on a backup plan in case the NBA doesn’t allow the group to purchase the Kings.

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The news is significant enough that the NBA has scheduled another meeting for the relocation committee before the full owners contingent meet for a final vote.

The deal would allow Hansen-Ballmer to buy 20% of the Kings and would keep the Maloofs as the primary owners. This would open up so many different possibilities for Hansen and Ballmer to buy the remaining portion of the Kings that would be required to have a majority stake of the team within a few years.

ESPN has the story with all the juicy details.

Sounds like really good news, right?

Relocation committee says no to Seattle

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WHAT HAPPENED

Early this afternoon, Seattle Supersonics nation took a collective punch to the stomach after hearing that  the NBA Relocation Committee voted unanimously 12-0 in favor of keeping the Kings in Sacramento.

Leaving Seattle once again, with the short end of the stick.

Being a diehard Seattle sports fan for 20 years, I have gone through my fair share of  collegiate and professional heartache. I’ve witnessed a 0-12 Husky football season, and I’ve seen my beloved Mariners struggle for the past decade.

But after today’s news on the Sonics not returning in the fall, NOTHING compares to what I feel now.

I feel like a a nine-year-old child waiting for Santa Claus to bring presents under my tree on Christmas morning, only to wake up to nothing. I feel lied to, betrayed, but mostly, I just feel sadness, sadness that I will not be watching the Sonics this fall.

It’s been nearly three years since Chris Hansen publicly said he was interested in bringing the Sonics back home to Seattle and until now, there had been nothing but optimistic feelings around the team potentially coming back.

Everything the NBA wanted, Hansen accomplished.

When the NBA said you needed a sound ownership group, Hansen contacted Microsoft co-founder Steve Ballmer and Eric and Peter Nordstrom to join him in his hunt to bring basketball back to the Northwest.

Then Hansen needed to convince both King County and the City of Seattle that the arena proposal was a sound one. A task that Howard Schultz was unable to accomplish just five years ago, which is what ultimately resulted in the teams departure. But after a long grueling process, Hansen, yet again was able to close the deal.

Hansen was even able to become a majority owner of the Kings earlier this year after the Maloof brothers (current owners of the Sacramento Kings) agreed to a purchase agreement of the team for $550 million dollars.

But despite all of Hansen’s efforts and the fact that his ownership group is light-years ahead of anything brewing in Sacramento, NBA Commissioner David Stern has still given Seattle the middle finger.

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WHO’S TO BLAME

If you’re looking for someone to shove your frustration to, do not look at Hansen, Ballmer or the Nordstrom brothers. They have gone above and beyond in their efforts to bring basketball back to our city, and without them we never would have had optimism in the first place.

Instead, direct your anger towards Stern. For those who are not aware of Stern’s tactics, he is a conniving but intelligent attorney who has been Commissioner of the NBA since 1984. He has relocated six NBA teams during his tenure, including our Sonics moving to OKC in 2008.

Last October Stern announced his retirement for February of 2014, which many believed would bode well for Seattle in getting a team back, hoping he (Stern) would want to right the wrongs of his past and bring a team back to Seattle.

But after today’s revelations that assumption couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Stern is a very egotistical man who deeply cares about his legacy as commissioner and moving seven teams in almost 30 doesn’t look all that great and in the end, that is why I believe the Hansen group got the FU from Stern.

You can also blame Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Johnson played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns from the late 80’s to early 2000’s.

I don’t feel anger towards Johnson, but honestly I am envious of him. I am envious that the city of Sacramento has a leader who was willing to do whatever it took to keep his cities struggling franchise. A leader I wish Seattle had just five years ago. If this was any city other than Sacramento, I truly believe Seattle would have basketball come October. But due to Johnson’s ferocious efforts, all signs are pointing that the Kings will not leave under his watch.

But in all reality, none of those men would even be discussed if it weren’t for Seattle Mayor Greg Nichols, who was mayor when the Sonics left. For those who don’t remember, Nichols didn’t even do the bare minimum in trying to keep professional basketball in Seattle. Instead, he settled with Oklahoma businessman Clay Bennett and let the Sonics leave without even hearing a verdict from a judge.

Nichols for the city of Seattle was the polar opposite of what Johnson was for the city of Sacramento. And it is Nichols, not Stern or Johnson, who is truly to blame for why basketball is not here.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR HANSEN, SEATTLE

It looks like all we can do is wait and see. I know that’s the last thing anyone wants to hear, but it is the only option we have left.

The city of Seattle is the biggest bargaining chip that the NBA has. Whenever a team is struggling to make money or struggling to build a new arena, all the NBA has to do is point up north to Seattle and say “Hey if you don’t get your stuff together, we have a place where your team can go.”

But other than that it appears Seattle won’t have basketball in the forseeable future.

There have been rumors of expansion, but with a lot of owners already losing money on a year-to-year basis why would league owners agree to give up an additional 3% of an already diluted amount of money?

No one knows what will happen for sure, but many have speculated all Seattle can do is to continue to wait for a current NBA franchise to struggle and hopefully Hansen can try and buy that team.

The NBA Owners will officially vote on the possible (but unlikely) relocation of the Kings on May 13. Seattle will need 23 yes’ out of 30 for the Kings to be moved.

OTHER POSSIBLE RELOCATION TEAMS IN NEAR FUTURE:

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Charlotte Bobcats

 

 

Seattle Shows Its Sonics Support

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44,000.

That’s how many people signed up for season ticket packages when Chris Hansen gave Seattle an opportunity to show its support for the Sonics.

Tomorrow, Chris Hansen, Steve Ballmer, Kevin Johnson and others will meet in New York to make their pitch for why their respective groups should have the opportunity to either keep the Sacramento Kings where they are, with new ownership, or to relocate the team to Seattle.

Hansen and Ballmer just added 44,000 more reasons to why the NBA needs a team in Seattle.

Also released was that almost 1,000 businesses asked about potential sponsorship with a Seattle NBA team. The corporate money is in Seattle. Not Sacramento.

Seattle is expected to grow by 60% in the next 30 years. Sacramento is projected for minimal growth. In the short-term and especially in the long-term, Seattle is the right choice for an NBA franchise when you compare it to what Sacramento has to offer.

MyNorthWest.com had a piece on why Seattle makes more sense. The best excerpt:

 

Here are Pyeatt’s Top Ten reasons to move the Kings from Sacramento to Seattle:

1. Larger TV Market in Seattle, and a regional TV deal here would be “five to ten times larger” he estimates.2. Seattle is currently at 3.5 million people, Washington State 6.9 million people, compared with Sacramento metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of 1.9 million.

3. Seattle region expected to grow 60 percent in the next 30 years, Sacramento expects minimal growth.

4. Seattle’s economy is strong and growing, Sacramento is weak and struggling.

5. Seattle is the Gateway to the Pacific Rim, Sacramento is the gateway to Stockton.

6. Our area has Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Paccar, Costco, Weyerhaeuser, Nordstrom and “some Lame Coffee company” (he still can’t bring himself to say the word Starbucks). Sacramento has Sleep Train and Cal State Prison.

7. 41 years of NBA history in Seattle with 3 NBA finals, 1 NBA title. Sacramento 5th home for the Kings where they’ve made several playoff appearances.

8. Local Owners – Ballmer, Hansen, Nordstroms. Sacramento – Out of town owners.

9. State of the art Arena in design stages. Sacramento – Mid level arena proposed.

10. Kevin Calabro!

 

Latest on SuperSonics, Kings, New Ownership and a Bitter City Attacking Another

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Update: Mark Mastrov has indeed made an offer to the NBA that Yahoo is reporting to be “slightly less” than the offer made by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer of the Seattle SuperSonics group.

With Mastrov’s bid in, the two sides will now wait for the NBA Board of Governors to meet on April 18-19th to make a decision.

Seattle’s bid is considered to be the favorite seeing how the monetary value is greater both in the price being offered for the franchise and the potential revenue that would be generated by moving the team to the 12th largest TV market. Sacramento is the 20th.

Expect both sides to make a bid on the 7% share of the team that is being sold in bankruptcy court. It’s not clear if the new owners of this share will be allowed to make a “right of first refusal” offer and it shouldn’t be a surprise if more legal battles come before a resolution can be found.

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I’ll start of by saying that I respect Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson tremendously for his role in trying to prevent the Kings from moving. If the Seattle government had put up half of this kind of effort we wouldn’t be having this debate and we’d be watching Kevin Durant star for the SuperSonics.

I however do not respect Johnson for his inability to share the entire picture with when it comes to the situation at hand. Johnson paints Seattle as a city incapable of hosting an NBA franchise and makes claims that Sacramento is gods gift to the NBA. If a team leaves the Sacramento market the NBA will cease to be a profitable business. Or so Mayor Johnson would like you to think.

I understand that the people of Sac-town are angry with us trying to take their team. If it wasn’t us, it’d be some other city. Kansas City and Las Vegas are just a few of the towns that have been desperate for an NBA team.

What I don’t understand is the attacks coming out of Sacramento.

…We are still very much in this game,” Johnson said in a speech. “I hope Seattle gets a team someday. Let me be crystal clear: It’s not going to be this team. Not our team. No way.” – Johnson

 

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“No title, no Kings, and no hotties like me” – lady holding sign

But let’s get down to the real business before I get myself into too much trouble.

Johnson held his State of the City presser and the topic everyone was waiting for was for the big reveal of the “whales” the media has hyped. No big surprises were revealed as the two men who were rumored as far as a few weeks back were in fact the whales.

Mark Mastrov, the 24/7 fitness franchise owner is to be the principal owner of the Kings and billionaire Ron Burkle will be the man behind getting a new arena built in downtown Sacramento.

Mastrov is worth ~ $350 million so it’s unclear how he alone could make a competitive offer for the franchise. Burkle hasn’t been identified as a member of the group attempting to buy the Kings – although it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.

The offer that Mastrov and company do make, which is rumored to be just under what the Seattle team has made, will have to be to the NBA. The Maloofs can’t legally field any offers because they have already agreed to sell the team to the Hansen/Ballmer group.

The NBA Board of Governors will now rule on the sale and/or decide what to do with any bid made by the Sacramento investors. Although Johnson, Mastrov and Burkle are making every attempt to keep the team from relocating and fighting harder than Seattle ever did to keep their team, it seems like it’s still a losing battle.

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