HoopsHype Seattle rumors

July 18, 2013 Updates
July 9, 2013 Updates

Even in this vibrant basketball community, the Jamal Crawford Pro-Am is a secret treasure. It was born that way. Long before Crawford attached his name and resources to it, Doug Christie created the league in 1996 and billed it the “All Hoop, No Hype” league. It isn’t about publicity. It’s about competition. It’s about the best players from the city at almost every level — high school, college and pro — helping each other grow and continuing Seattle’s hoops tradition. You don’t go to this Pro-Am to stalk stars. You go to watch serious summer basketball that happens to include big names. It’s an important distinction, and that’s why the league is usually discussed through social media, word of mouth or email chains instead of the mass media. “I want it to be like the old ‘MTV Unplugged,’ where you’re at a small venue, and there’s an intimate feel, and everybody is really involved in creating the atmosphere,” Crawford said. Seattle Times

June 13, 2013 Updates

The story of the NBA returning to Seattle won't go away, and on Wednesday there were indications that progress is being made on making it happen. Tim Montemayor of KGO 810 AM in San Francisco reported the developments via Twitter. "Several NBA sources in the know tell me there have been productive talks on expansion in Seattle," Montemayor tweeted. “As the league preps for a new TV deal they have discussed a timetable but have not settled the issue. I am also told the H&B (Hansen and Ballmer) group are aware of a working plan to return the NBA to Seattle, and were told as much and acknowledged their preference to have a new franchise at the end of the NBA Kings saga." ESPN.com

May 23, 2013 Updates

Shaw might have other, better opportunities, as he is also a candidate for the head-coaching positions with the Brooklyn Nets and possibly the Los Angeles Clippers. When Jackson thought the Sacramento Kings would move to Seattle, where he would run the club's front office, sources said his plan included hiring Shaw as head coach. ESPN.com

May 21, 2013 Updates

If the Sacramento Kings relocated to Seattle, Phil Jackson says he would have been part of a new Sonics organization. Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, the former Bulls and Lakers head coach said he had an agreement with prospective Sonics owner Chris Hansen to head to the Pacific Northwest. Jackson told Patrick that Hansen’s vision for the franchise was something he could “buy into.” Cowbell Kingdom

May 20, 2013 Updates

Chris Hansen: I’d like to start out by congratulating Mayor Johnson and the fans in Sacramento for the tremendous effort they put together to keep their team. Given what our community went through in 2008, if there is any silver lining in this for Seattle it is seeing Sacramento’s dedicated fan base successfully rally to keep the Kings. This was never about Seattle fans versus Sacramento fans, and it goes unsaid that there is a mutual respect given the circumstances we have both been through. This process was instead about our group and our city putting our best foot forward in an honest and transparent way to return basketball to Seattle, and in that regard our efforts remain undeterred. SonicsArena.com

Chris Hansen: We will continue to press forward with our Arena plans with the same commitment and effort we have over the last two years, and look forward to working with the City and County to see the project through the hurdles that remain. Likewise, we plan to continue to work with the League regarding opportunities that may arise to return an NBA franchise to our City. SonicsArena.com

May 17, 2013 Updates

Phil Jackson apparently would like to have another stint in the NBA. The 11-time champion coach said Thursday evening on "The Tonight Show" that he was interested in a front-office job with the Seattle group that failed in an attempt to relocate the Sacramento Kings. "I had communication with the guy that's trying to make this move," Jackson said on the show, referencing Chris Hansen, the leader of the Seattle bid. "It was serious talk. I thought he was a really good guy for the league." Los Angeles Times

The mayor was conciliatory toward Seattle, but said he focused throughout the negotiations on promoting Sacramento as thriving city with 19 sellout seasons, one of the longest streaks in the NBA. "Seattle is a great city and we want them to get a team. For us, it was never a competition. It was about our community telling our story," Johnson said, adding: "It's about not letting someone take something that's not theirs." ESPN.com

May 15, 2013 Updates

"We've never wavered in our desire to return to the Seattle market at some point," Silver said. "... Expansion was discussed at least as a possibility down the road. We want to wait and see what happens in our next national television negotiation but we're very appreciative of the fans in Seattle, as we always were. We regretted leaving the market. ... We fully expect we will return there one day." USA Today Sports

April 30, 2013 Updates
April 11, 2013 Updates

The six-time NBA all-star and wife Marvena Kemp are bringing basketball back to Seattle after all, serving as the backbone of the ownership group behind the Seattle Flight, the International Basketball League's newest squad. The Flight will first play five games this coming season against some of the IBL's top contending teams. Only playing in a portion of contests through the upcoming season, such a trial run will help determine market visibility. The organization will subsequently be integrated as one of the IBL's full-time teams sometime within the next three years. Ridiculous Upside

January 9, 2013 Updates

A Sacramento Kings official denied today that the team has been sold to a Seattle group. "That rumor is inaccurate," said the source, who declined to be named. An NBA representatives declined comment this morning on the rumor, which surfaced on the Internet. Sacramento Bee

August 7, 2012 Updates

Seattle Councilmember Richard Conlin made a new strong stand against the arena."I am not convinced that the proposed arena will make a significant contribution to economic development," Conlin said in a blog post published Tuesday. "It will bring some new money into Seattle and will divert some other money that people might have spent on other activities. The economists who have studied this proposal agree (as do studies of every other such project) that the net effect is very small." king5.com

August 6, 2012 Updates

A Port of Seattle commissioner says a report due Tuesday identifies traffic issues, rather than solutions, in the event of a new SODO sports arena. John Creighton said Monday night the long awaited study, commissioned by the Port of Seattle, identified bottlenecks and areas which need to be addressed in the neighborhood. Investor Chris Hansen wants to build a $490 million NBA/NHL arena just south of Safeco Field. Creighton, who has been briefed on the report, acknowledged the results may be "unsatisfying.” king5.com

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