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The makers of the award-winning documentary "Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team" unveiled their latest project Wednesday during halftime of the Western Conference Finals game between Dallas and Oklahoma City. Director Jason Reid and producer Adam Brown teamed with Seattle hip-hop duo Blue Scholars and filmed a short narrative film for the group's single "Slick Watts." Reid reached out to the former Sonics great, who stars in the seven-minute film with Blue Scholars' DJ Sabzi (Saba Mohajerjasbi) and MC Geologic (George Quibuyen). The short film is online at sonicsgate.org. Seattle Times
Reid had hoped to use the Sonics' 1979 NBA championship trophy in the video, but was denied access by Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett. "The video isn't like a typical hip-hop music video," Reid said. "It's a day in the life of Seattle without the Sonics." Seattle Times
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, as well as members of the region's business community, revealed that $9.2 million in corporate money had been pledged toward keeping the Kings in Sacramento. That revelation came shortly after a meeting with the NBA's fact- finding team, headed up by Oklahoma City Thunder principle owner Clay Bennett and NBA attorney Harvey Benjamin. That's $2.2 million more than Johnson initially told the league could be pledged when he met with the NBA Board of Governors last week. "Probably two weeks ago most of us thought the Sacramento Kings were moving to Anaheim," Matt Mahood, President and CEO of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce said. "But I believe through our efforts and Mayor Johnson's leadership, Sacramento put a stake in the ground today saying the Sacramento Kings need to stay here." news10.net
Owners of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks and the HP Pavilion arena appear to be spearheading hopes of bringing an NBA team to San Jose. Mayor Chuck Reed of San Jose told Yahoo! Sports that Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment Enterprises reached out to the Maloof brothers, owners of the Kings, about bringing the franchise to San Jose to no avail as the Maloofs are intent on moving to Anaheim. The HP Pavilion holds 18,500 seats for basketball with 66 suites. It hosted a regional in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last year and hosted the Golden State Warriors during the 1995-96 season while their arena in nearby Oakland was renovated. “We have all the ingredients for [basketball],” Reed said. “We just need someone that wants to buy a team and put them in the arena. That’s all.” Yahoo! Sports
Oklahoma City businessman and NBA owner Clay Bennett was named to the University of Oklahoma board of regents by Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday. Tulsa World
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