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Steve Kyler: Sources close to the process in Dallas yesterday said that David Stern was an active participant in Seattle/Sac vote. Twitter @stevekylerNBA
Shawn Kemp said he thought the NBA used the weight of the Seattle group led by Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer to rally investors in Sacramento. "It seems like we were used a little bit as leverage here in Seattle," Kemp said, "and it feels that way, too." Seattle Times
Kemp said, as a player, he never had a problem with Stern but that statement raised his eyebrows. "I felt like David kind of stuck it to us today," he said. "I thought that was disrespectful for the city of Seattle to see, and for a commissioner that runs the NBA that was very disrespectful. In my eyes, it just told me what we're dealing with." Seattle Times
In 2008, the NBA's Seattle Supersonics left the Emerald City to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. They've since gone on to become one of the league's hottest young teams, powered by superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Seattle sports fans, meanwhile, have been left team-less, and many of them are still bitter over the move. You can count hit-making rapper Macklemore among the angry. Macklemore, a Seattle native, took to Twitter this week to express some beef over the Thunder using one of his songs as an in-arena pump-up jam. Mashable
Sean Cunningham: STERN: General talk to consider expansion in the future after TV deal is negotiated. #NBAKings #NBASeattle Twitter @News10Sean
Sean Cunningham: STERN: Agreement of Maloofs to sell to Seattle ended with today's relocation vote. Twitter @News10Sean
Jon Santiago: Future NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: "We've never wavered on our interest 2 return to Seattle." Says they want to wait-&-see on next TV deal Twitter @itsjonsantiago
In a letter to USA TODAY Sports, Daina Falk reflected on her unexpected role in the story while discussing the power of fandom that was so evident in both cities in the last five months. Excerpts from the letter are below: In January, I was notified of a handshake deal that would drastically affect the fate of the fans of Sacramento and Seattle. Because of my name, everyone assumed my source was my father. They must not know that his success has depended to a great degree on his ability to maintain the confidences of a number of competing clients. Other conspiracy theorists concluded that I was the designated mouthpiece of another David, who is someone I admire and respect and who has been a friendly supporter of mine. Suffice it to say, you can rule out the Davids as my source. Let’s leave it at that. For The Win
Sacramento inherited the Kings from Kansas City in 1985. For nearly thirty years, Kings fans have been among the loudest, strongest, and most loyal fans in the NBA. (Cowabunga). Seattle acquired an expansion franchise in 1967 and had a very successful team that won an NBA Championship in 1979. It lost the team to Oklahoma City in 2008. Both cities have experienced “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” The current controversy has brought out the best qualities of the fans in both cities: their passion, their competitiveness, and their true love of the game. For all the fans in Seattle who are truly hungry for a return of NBA basketball to the Queen City, keep your voices raised, keep the wave going, create a true Sonic boom so loud it will rattle the windows in Olympic Tower in New York! For The Win
The NBA Board of Governors voted Wednesday to keep the Kings in Sacramento and not allow them to move to Seattle, a person with knowledge of the vote told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the vote has not been made public. USA Today Sports
Sam Amick: The NBA Board of Governors has voted down the relocation bid to move the Kings to Seattle, @USATODAYsports has learned Twitter @sam_amick
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