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Kevin Durant may end up claiming the No. 1 spot, but for now it belongs to Gary Payton.

April 3, 2014 Updates

(It doesn’t sound as if expansion is likely.) “I’m not saying that. I wouldn’t say that at all. I wouldn’t say expansion isn’t the way to go. I would think that post the NBA getting its television contract figured out, my personal point of view is that they may be more open to talking about expansion at that point. But I don’t think even the commissioner speaks on behalf of all of the owners. This is a collective decision that needs to be made on what’s best for all of them. I think they’ll be a lot more open to it once the majority of their teams that may be struggling from a financial viability standpoint have turned the corner, they have new TV deal in place and they keep seeing how persistent and passionate our fans our. I think they’ll be a lot more open to it.” Seattle Times

April 2, 2014 Updates

The investment group trying to bring men’s professional basketball back to Seattle is remaining focused on the NBA, even if landing a hockey franchise could happen sooner. “No one in our ownership group is interested in being a majority owner in an NHL franchise. That’s been the case since the start,” said Chris Hansen, who led the unsuccessful effort last year to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle. “I’ve certainly queried our ownership group about this. I think if someone really wanted to it would be easier than bringing in an outside party. “But the most important thing is the passion is just not there for the NHL among our ownership group that is there for basketball. Getting involved in hockey solely because basketball hasn’t worked out right now, when it’s not something your heart is in, would be a disservice to the fans here.” The Reporter

Chris Hansen told The Associated Press on Wednesday that no one in his ownership group has interest in being the majority owner of a hockey franchise even as rumors continue to circulate about the NHL having interest in Seattle as a possible market in the future. Hansen says the focus of his group is getting all environmental reviews finished on their proposed arena so that if an NBA franchise becomes available via sale or expansion, Seattle can be at the front of the line ready to go. Hansen says his investment group remains the same, including former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. ESPN.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

Everybody knows your dad was a Laker fan, but you were in Seattle. How did that work? Were you a Laker fan? Isaiah Thomas: I was a little brainwashed. My dad's from LA, so growing up in his house, I was a Laker fan. But I loved the Sonics, I loved Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. The Glove and the Reign Man, those were my two favorite players. But growing up, like I said, I was in a Laker household and got brainwashed. My favorite player is Kobe Bryant. I like the Lakers. It sucks. I mean, it doesn't suck I got drafted by the Kings, but that's their biggest rival, so you gotta watch what you say about the Lakers around Sacramento. SB Nation

March 10, 2014 Updates
March 5, 2014 Updates

Allen Iverson had a memorable career for many things on the court, but perhaps nothing defined his career off the court more than his rant about practice in 2002. 12 years later, he brought it back for a perfect performance in a Reebok commercial that premiered earlier this week. In the spot, Shaq and Shawn Kemp are in a barber shop talking about pants of the past and present when Iverson spins around in a chair. “Pants?” he asks, with the same incredulousness that he said “Practice?” in his original rant. “We talking about pants? Not the game but pants? How silly is that. Old man, take this cape off, I’m out of here. We talking about pants?” For The Win

March 2, 2014 Updates

Q: Were you as surprised as the rest of us when the Seattle thing didn't go through? Phil Jackson: No. Q: How come? Phil Jackson: I have inside information. Q: But was there a point when you thought it was leaning that way? Phil Jackson: Yes, when Chris was able to purchase the Maloofs' interests. I was (convinced it would happen) until I was told there was that opening in the buyout where somebody else could come in and purchase it from a local group. And being a guy who likes (Sacramento Mayor and former NBA All-Star) Kevin Johnson — even though we had a lot of run-ups against Kevin when he was playing — I highly respect what he tried to do and how he was able to save that for the community. Whether that's a good deal or not is still to be determined. USA Today Sports

March 1, 2014 Updates
February 15, 2014 Updates

The fans in Seattle have been known to be very boisterous, and was really at the top of their game this past season when the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl earlier this month. "I wouldn't mind going back (to Seattle), but I'm not on any board to push to say yes or no,'' James said. "I played in (Seattle's) Key Arena a couple of times early in my career. "Obviously you see the Seahawks and you see what type of fan support they have. I've heard they've got great fans.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 12, 2014 Updates

In his first official days on the job, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is holding to a stance that the league is not ready to add an expansion team in the eager and deep-pocketed Seattle market. "Seattle is a wonderful market. It would be very additive to the league to have a team there," Silver said in an interview this week with ESPN. "But we're not planning on expanding right now, so it's not a function of price." ESPN.com

February 4, 2014 Updates

Former Seattle Supersonics player, general manager, and potential investor Wally Walker appeared on CNBC's Power Lunch this morning and the subjects of Adam Silver, the NBA and its return to Seattle were raised. On Adam Silver, Walker had this to say; "From talking to a lot of the owners last spring, he's very well respected by them and I know from knowing a lot of people still in Olympic Tower in Manhattan, he's very well liked and respected by those folks. He's got a running start, the league's very healthy, it'll be a great tenure for him." When asked about how the NBA will be different under Silver and what it means for Seattle's hopes of getting a franchise back, here was Walker's response; "I hope it's different in that Seattle gets a team. If rational thought prevails, it's the best available market, both demographics, size and passion. For 41 years, the Sonics were there with a great following. So I hope that is a change and if all's right, it will be." Sonics Rising

February 2, 2014 Updates
January 29, 2014 Updates

It's been a rough go for Didier Drogba and Turkish giants Galatasaray in recent weeks. But nothing that dinner with NBA star Gary Payton couldn't help fix! Less than 48 hours after a disappointing scoreless draw with Gaziantepspor left Galatasaray 10 points behind Süper Lig leaders Fenerbahce in Turkey, Drogba spent some time with Payton, who was in town conducting a clinic on behalf of the NBA. "Was good to change my mind in this difficult moment," Drogba wrote via Instagram, clearly not wanting Galatasaray supporters to think he was cavorting with Payton. "Thanks to @nba for this great diner yesterday with a Legend...Mr Gary Payton aka #theglove #NBA #sonics #seattle #supersonics #lakers celtics #miamiheat #istanbul #galatasaray #soccer #basketball #istanbul" MLSsoccer.com

January 16, 2014 Updates
December 27, 2013 Updates

"If the Kings had moved to Seattle, it's not like I would've been upset," said Thomas, who believes the NBA will return to Seattle one day. "I mean, who wouldn't want to play at home? But if we didn't leave Sacramento, which we didn't, I wouldn't be mad either because I love this city of Sacramento and the things that they've done for me. They've welcomed me in open arms. I can't say enough about the city of Sacramento." Bleacher Report

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