HoopsHype Seattle rumors

November 23, 2011 Updates

Kevin Durant is returning to Seattle. The former Sonics star is one of several players highlighting an NBA charity game organized by Jamal Crawford that will be played Dec. 15 at Edmundson Pavilion. "Kevin and I played in three different all-star games together and after the first one, he was like 'I want to come home, I want to come back to Seattle,' " Crawford said. "He wants to come a week earlier to work out with me and Brandon (Roy) and the guys. He's excited about coming back. "I don't think he's been back ever since they left. And honestly, he's mentioned playing this game in Seattle about 4-5 times. So it was important that we get him." Seattle Times

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A day to celebrate what Seattle has produced on the basketball court also became a green and gold reminder of what the area lost with no solid idea of when the NBA might return. Saturday's H206 Charity Basketball Classic brought NBA players back to KeyArena for the first league-sanctioned event since the messy departure of the SuperSonics for Oklahoma City following the 2008 season. ESPN.com

Earlier Saturday the discussion centered on when and if an NBA team would ever return. Former Sonics star Jack Sikma perhaps summed up the desire to get a team back to Seattle saying, "It's hard to put it all together. That puzzle is tough. I think there is a will, but the way is not clear yet." The final score was of little interest, even though team "Seattle" beat the "League" team 140-122. Hawes led the Seattle team with 27 points and started a chant of "Come home Sonics!" in the moments after the final buzzer. Terrence Williams was the MVP after scoring 25 points. ESPN.com

Roy didn't play, citing the risk of injury and a curious case of phone tag between him and team doctor Don Roberts, leaving Jamal Crawford, Martell Webster and Michael Beasley to provide the oohs and aahs to a crowd of about 5,000 at KeyArena, which hasn't seen NBA basketball since the SuperSonics left to become the Oklahoma City Thunder three years ago. But from Roy himself, there was absolutely no false advertising. Roy said he will make no declarations that he should be a starter when the Blazers return for training camp after the NBA's labor strike is settled. No proclamations that he is back to his old self after his latest knee surgeries -- arthroscopic procedures on both knees in January. And no concessions that he is now a bench player who needs to adapt his game to compensate for what was left on the operating table. Oregonian

In fact, Roy wants to make it clear there will be no self-advertising whatsoever when it comes to his game. "I just don't even want to put anything out there," said Roy, who celebrated his 27th birthday Saturday. "I don't want to get hopes up one way or the other. I'm just trying to work to get better. And if I surprise a million people, that's better. Hopefully, I can surprise some people." Oregonian

It's unclear whether Roy will be able to fully return to form, but he said on Saturday that his offseason workout routine has progressed without a setback. "I'm doing good, I'm doing great," Roy said. "Working out, keeping my weight down. And starting to play a little basketball this week. Enjoying the summer, really trying to take my time and keep improving. "I'm healthy. I'm in a position where I'm not battling any soreness or anything, so I feel like I can start improving, getting better with my game. I'm excited." CBSSports.com

Roy said he is lifting weights, getting shots up and playing in some light games, with plans to increase that workload like usual as the summer progresses. "I'll start turning it up more, playing more competitively, as we get into August," Roy said. "Really no room for it now. Really just trying to fine-tune some things and just get better. I'm excited that I'm not in any pain and I can just play and not have any pressure in having to deal with the knees, just go out there and hoop." He noted that his workouts are taking place in Seattle rather than Portland because of the ongoing NBA lockout, which bans players from team facilities."I'm spending my time here," Roy said. "I have gyms here that I go to. In Portland, I go into the facility, but we can't do that now, so I'm spending most of my time up here right now." CBSSports.com

What exactly that role will be once the Blazers and the NBA reconvene remains to be seen. Roy said he had mixed results recently after resuming basketball drills. The bad news? He says he doesn't have the same lift on his jumps as he did during his run of three All-Star appearances. The good news is that he has surprised himself with his mobility, and he has been free of pain and swelling. Plus, his knees feel stronger than they did during the season -- in part because of the nearly three months since the season ended and in part because the January surgeries are even further in the past. Oregonian

"I can still create off the dribble," Roy warned. "I still think you are crazy to put a guy who can't guard on me. You'll get exposed all night. So I don't want to get away from that. "But I have to get in a position again where the team believes enough in me to make me a threat," Roy said. "I don't have to be The Guy, but just a focal point again, to where -- not to knock a player -- but if Jason Terry is guarding me, then my team can believe I can expose that matchup. That's part of getting my confidence back to where I can give confidence back to Coach and the organization." Oregonian

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Cities that have expressed interest in taking on an existing NBA team in a franchise relocation "I think maybe or maybe not on my watch, when Seattle has plans for a new building, I think it's a very prime city for an NBA franchise. We've been visited or contacted by three different groups that are putting up a building in Las Vegas. & We've had visits from Anaheim, we've had visits from, believe it or not, Vancouver." Cities that have NBA-ready buildings "Well, for sure Kansas City. ... There's a brand new building in Pittsburgh, there's a good building in St. Louis, there's a good building in Tampa/St. Pete. ... I know [Anaheim's Honda Center has] got some years on it but I'm told it's a serviceable building. ESPN.com

January 6, 2011 Updates

The NBA might be gone from Lower Queen Anne, but one former Sonic is back. Shawn Kemp and his wife, Marvena, opened Oskar's Kitchen last month at 621 1/2 Queen Anne Ave. N. across from the MarQueen Hotel last month. The restaurant, in the space formerly occupied by Acadia Bistro, features the Bubble Room lounge with a large fish tank housing the spot's namesake – Oskar the fish. Seattle Post-Intelligencer

December 12, 2010 Updates

In other words, Seattle still doesn’t have its act together, so to put a team there, Stern would have to fight many of the same battles he did five years ago. If the city doesn’t get some political backing for a new venue, it could be behind Kansas City, Anaheim, and San Jose in the relocation line. Stern assigned New Orleans native Jac Sperling to oversee the Hornets franchise and attempt to find a local buyer. The commissioner realizes that is not going to be easy, especially with out-of-town owners dangling money at the nomad organization. Boston Globe

December 10, 2010 Updates

What's more, there isn't an available market that makes relocation sense, I'm informed. Seattle would be the clear-cut favorite, says a source, but the Sonics' old home (Key Arena) still needs a major facelift to meet NBA high-tech design or another space needs to be carved out in a hurry. Thirdly, the 29 owners who paid George Shinn $300 million and must now subsidize the Hornets at $45-to-50 million in perpetuity figure to be reluctant to do so beyond next season. In fact, logic dictates they're probably leaning toward ending the funding after this one, depending on how negotiations turn out regarding a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. New York Post

December 8, 2010 Updates

#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

December 6, 2010 Updates

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

August 26, 2010 Updates

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

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