HoopsHype Seattle rumors
#1 – Seattle, WA – If Charlotte was rewarded with a franchise after the Hornets left, then certainly Seattle deserves a second chance at an NBA team with the way things left off after the Sonics left in 2008. It's the 23rd-largest American city with a population of well over 600,000 people, and it's already got an established fan base as well as two other professional franchises in the Mariners and Seahawks. As long as the city could get their arena issues figured out, there's no more logical place to send an NBA franchise than the Emerald City. On top of everything, Seattle retained the rights to the Sonics name when Durant and Co. headed down to OKC. That means we'd get the Seattle SuperSonics back, and what scenario could possibly be more ideal than that? HoopsWorld
Kansas City, Anaheim and Seattle have been mentioned as possible relocation sites, in addition to Chicago, which already has the Bulls, but it is the country’s third-largest media market and could conceivably support two teams. Hornets Coach Monty Williams said before Sunday night’s game in San Antonio that he’d addressed the situation with the team, and that players asked several questions which he answered as best he could. New Orleans Times-Picayune
Dubbed "The Glove" for his ability to shut down opponents with his tough defense, Payton, 42, has now thrown his hat into other endeavors apart from basketball-related stuff. "Well, since retiring I have a lot of businesses. I own a lot of restaurants... I also do a lot of other things. I have a lot of Internet companies I deal with. I have shows on air (online) talking about basketball. I just picked up a show for football, so I’m gonna do some football and bring celebrities on..." Payton told BusinessWorld in an interview last Tuesday at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City where the NBA legends are billeted. BusinessWorld Online Edition
"You know, I felt really bad [when the Seattle franchise folded in 2007]. So we’re hoping to get a franchise back there. A lot of NBA teams now want to relocate their clubs and hopefully they could consider Seattle. I’m going to do everything I can because I think the fans in Seattle deserve a basketball team there," said Payton, who partnered with Shawn Kemp to take the Sonics to the 1996 NBA Finals before losing to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls. BusinessWorld Online Edition
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