We focus so much on the imagery that we forget what he did to earn it. Mutombo averaged slightly more than six blocked shots per game in that upset of the Seattle SuperSonics, setting a record for a five-game series. “You think about the six blocks,” his Nuggets teammate Robert Pack said. “But you think about maybe the other seven that he altered and maybe the five more that he just discouraged guys from coming into the lane.”
Calling the new NBA arena a “dynamic attraction for the entire state of Wisconsin,” Walker signed the bill at the Wisconsin State Fair Park surrounded by state lawmakers, local officials and Bucks team president Peter Feigin. “This is a good deal overall,” Walker said before signing the bill, which allayed concerns that the NBA would move the team to Las Vegas or Seattle without a new arena.
Plans for a proposed multipurpose arena in Seattle’s stadium district can move forward after a final environmental impact statement released Thursday found no major issues to block the project. The FEIS on investor Chris Hansen’s plans for an arena near Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field was released by the city after nearly two years of work. “We’re one step closer to bringing NHL hockey and NBA basketball to Seattle,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement.
It is in this gap that the Milwaukee Bucks and their ambitious out-of-town new owners want to lead a massive effort in urban revitalization — an arena-focused development funded with a blend of private and public money. Or, if they fail to raise adequate public political support, it is here that this city’s fraught relationship with professional basketball will end, with the Bucks moving on to Seattle; Las Vegas; Louisville, Kentucky; or some other city with more ready cash for stadiums. After months of progress, promises of hundreds of million in investment and the release of mock-ups of an architectural gem, the Bucks’ future in Milwaukee is looking shaky. The battle for the team’s future is coming to a head quickly.