Friday, July 17th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  36 responses

David Stern Sees another Team in Seattle

Maybe not tomorrow, according to the Commish, but someday: “With a public-relations staff member tape-recording our brief interview, Stern was asked what he thought Seattle should do next. ‘The next step is really the right putative owner, who really wants to have a team and is prepared to do what it takes, working together with the city, the state to get an arena and get the job done,’ he said. ‘I think ultimately there will be [another team in Seattle]. I really do.’”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    If they’re not renamed the Sonics, then fu*k that.

  • Bart

    they will be, the city kept everything, which I think was a great move

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty


  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    *with Eboy. Bart? Uhh, guess… so??

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    How about moving on these teams no one is watching to Seattle… what about the OKC Thunder?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Good news for the GP retirement ceremony-besides being delayed further, bad news as its nearly the same robotic cue card speech Stern has been staying with throughout the Seattle saga. Transparency Stern, like Obama’s mission, in telling how the NBA is helping. Rather than simply “believing it will happen,” now with “I really do,” tacked on for good (PR) measure.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Jukai: How can you say no one watches the Thunder? One of the top teams in the league in attendance, and they have a great young team that in a few years will be title contenders. Get out of here with your “teams no one is watching” BS.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Holy Baller: Take your medication and calm yourself. I was making a joke. I’ll apologize to the state of Oklahoma later.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Way to beat up his satirical joke about the team that left shouldn’t have left in a better revisionist history/more perfect world(or if the NBA had more to say about it instead of rolling over). But that adds to Jukai’s continually growing basketball information archive. It only makes him wiser. Title contenders not that far off though? I don’t think the NBA likes them that much, but at least ESPN isn’t running Durant to NY stories, yet.

  • Fat Lever

    Stern could have avoided all of this negative pub if him and Clay Bennett hadn’t been giving each other hand jobs while moving the team to OKC. I don’t care if that’s harsh or not, Seattle and the Sonics are synonymous with NBA basketball, and the fact that the city was strongarmed is a disgrace. More than all the good Stern has done for the NBA, this will be my one lingering memory of his tenure. And I’m a Sixers fan by the way.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    sometimes I’m afraid that if the Nets don’t make a move soon (and with “move”, I literally mean “move”), they might be headed to Seattle one day….

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Didn’t sleep at all last night, sorry. Feeble jokes enrage me in the morning.

  • riggs

    hey maybe they can move the thunder over there!

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Riggs: How can you say they should send the Thunder over there? One of the top teams in the league in attendance, and they have a great young team that in a few years will be title contenders. Get out of here with your “teams the Thunder over there” BS.

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    Lol you’re crackin me up Jukai.

  • rav

    move the grizz to seattle, rename the team the sonics, play in keyarena until a new one is built (and prior to the move this is a done deal) and the league sorts out an deal to get the grizz out of the arena deal in memphis that is preventing the team from moving elsewhere (or the local seattle govt give the new team a favourable deal on the arena lease for a few years to make sure that paying off the memphis lease is a bit more palatable)

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    The Seattle Kurt Cobain Coffees

  • Yesse

    Well from what i have heard is, that if Seattle gets a new Nba team, the name will remain Supersonics.

  • la huey

    I’m not 100% sure but Seattle doesn’t own the rights to the Sonics name, colors, team records, etc. Clay Bennett still technically owns those rights but said that he would sell those back to us if we get a team. But its not like we have any reason to think he’d lie to us. :)

  • SK

    Reporters should start asking him about the New Orleans Hornets. Who knows, they could move to Seattle someday (soon?). The fans were affected by Hurrican Katrina and their team was in a bit of a tough spot before the hurricane as it is. There’s already signs: trying to trade contracts (Chandler) and Chris Paul even saying “who knows, I could be traded”.

    Didn’t New Orleans lose half its population? The team’s salaries are at the top of the league now, and after a great season a year ago, they look like they could be dropping.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    They should keep the sonics name, absolutely. But then they will need to add yet another team in the east to keep the # of teams even. Unless New Orleans or Memphis becomes considered an east team. (which ever is further east)

  • http://www.sonicbids.com/shaemorin doyouwantmore

    LMAO @ Anton.

  • Quail

    I say leave the Lakers in LA, leave the Rockets in Houston, then distribute the other 5 teams from texas and california to other states. Let Seattle have one of em. then give one each of the other 4 to Kentucky, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Kansas. MAKE IT HAPPEN, STERN!

  • MagicChicken

    Don’t apologize Jukai … you’re right! Except for the mid-west locals, that team has zero appeal to most basketball fans. Nothing about their style of play is exciting to watch, no player on their team is worth watching for more than 5 minutes, and it doesn’t help that they suck to top it off. Simply put, the team has nothing to intrigue fans. I watch most local games, but when OKC comes by, I can barely make it through a quarter before moving on to something better. Even if the game is close, there’s nothing intriguing about the team that makes me care if my team wins or loses to them. If I was an OKC owner, I’d regret the move that forced them to destroy the team. Maybe in a few years, they’ll get out of the rut, but in the meantime, the only thing that might interest me in the team, is if they signed AI, or did something like that (which actually, wouldn’t be a bad idea). But hey, don’t get mad that the team is uninteresting … its not ur fault that your owners don’t care about satisfying fans (as Seattle knows all too well).

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The other day we were talking about a contraction of the number of teams – I think for Seattle to play into the mix with another NBA team, someone (or maybe three teams have to fold…) has to be ‘outed’.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    What are you on?

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    @ MagicChicken: Let me start off by saying you are retarded. I’m not usually this mean, but you seriously deserve this. #1, the team right now is the SAME TEAM that came from Seattle. So calling them boring is calling the Seattle team boring. #2, if you took a poll on here about who the rising teams in the NBA are, the Thunder would definitely be top 5. They ARE exciting to watch, and feature a top 10 player in the NBA in Kevin Durant. Yes, at times last year it was brutal. But that occurs with every team trying to rebuild. They sucked the last few years while they were in Seattle, they are obviously gonna suck their first year in OKC. #3, if anyone is to complain, it should be the locals. But do you hear us complaining? Hell no, because we have an NBA team now and we know that this team is coming up, and fast. So seriously, shut up.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    lol @Dacre. Alot of my good friends live in Seattle, they say that for the most part, nobody in town cares the sonics are gone. Still have Seahawks, Mariners, and some new pro soccer team. Personally, I was pi$$ed when they moved, but being in the NW I was upset when the grizz left Vancouver.

  • rav

    durant isnt one of the top 10 players in the league right now – not even top 20 right now

  • Shaun

    how is kevin durant not atleast a top 20 player?

  • Quail

    It’s some goooooooooooood shi!t.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    ^ Kansas City might take the Kings back, if the Maloofs get to build a new Palms out there too.

  • $tev3

    How Bout BL0 next?
    Buffalo for yall that dont know

  • The fake kd
  • MagicChicken

    I think Holy’s smoking something good if she thinks her team is one of the 5 most exciting teams out there, and that Durant is a top 10 player. The Sonics sucked the last year because the managements changed, and the d-bag that moved them to OKC took over. Listen Okies, I’m glad you have a team, just realize that you got a pile of crap because of your owner. I don’t see that changing anytime soon, because you NEVER hear this team in talks abotu actually spending money on FAs, and you NEVER hear this team in talks about acquiring talent on their team. The only thing this team has going for it is “potential” via the draft, which isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, but I would just be wary about the prospects for the future. The first real test comes when Durant gets to Free Agency, and I would bet $$ that the ownership doesn’t do nearly enough to keep him in OKC. We’ll be able to tell for sure next year, the year before Durant’s Free Agency, but take a look at the efforts of teams like Miami, Dallas, Cleveland and heck, even Toronto. These are teams that want to keep their big stud, and are willing to prove it by spending some $$, and taking some risks. Until OKC does the same thing, I just can’t give them the respect of being a real franchise.

  • http://slamonline.com breeze

    @ magic your really passionate on the okc team..to be honest with you im here in ny and i could careless if the whole team dissapear….but i like watching westbrook tho …haa