Seattle SuperSonics Rumors
Ballmer had partnered with entrepreneur Chris Hansen on his Sodo District arena project but left that group two years ago to buy the Clippers for $2 billion. “It’s just not likely to happen,” Ballmer told those attending the conference. “There has been no discussion about expansion since I have been involved with the league. So, I don’t think that will happen. The league has really moved to favor teams staying in their current markets. You’d have to find a team that’s at the end of their (arena) lease, where it looks hard to build an arena and where they’ve tried really hard to build an arena. “And you’d have to show that an arena can get built in Seattle,” he added. “Because unlike most other cities that build an arena before they have a team, I don’t think an arena is going to get built here before a team comes here unless it gets done in the context of hockey.”
Isaiah Thomas: A few years later I got my chance. There was this Memorial Day basketball tournament in Seattle, and one of my good friends, David Hudson, said, “Isaiah, you should do a Memorial Day tournament in Tacoma. You could call it Memorial Day Zeke-end.” He came up with that name on the spot because a lot of guys call me “Zeke,” which is a nickname for Isaiah. I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but I thought the name was pretty dope. Then I thought about Jason and Jamal. We want you to do the same for the next guy.
Isaiah Thomas: So we started putting it together, and now, we just put on the third annual tournament. And it was the biggest and best one we’ve had yet. As an NBA player, you get to do a lot of incredible things and have some amazing experiences. But one of the things that’s most important to me is to be able to come home to Tacoma and have the people from the community where I grew up come together around the game I love.