Me: Where have you been holed up during all of this? Luke Ridnour: I’ve just been outside of Seattle. I’ve just been at home. It really hasn’t been that crazy, just because you’re not going to any of those places. It’s not like you’re going and checking out the town and all of that, getting traded. I knew with my contract, there was a chance I would get traded once or twice. It’s been a little more than anyone expected. But where I’m at, if this was four or five years ago, it might have affected me a little more. But I’m not that bothered right now. I don’t even know if I’m going to play next year or not. But it’s been kind of funny. I’m just taking it for what it is.
LR: Well, they’re young. My twins are four, my oldest is six, and now we’ve got a newborn. So they don’t really get it. Me: What did your wife think? LR: She would show me some random funny pictures, like my face across the United States, or a jacket with all the (team) logos on it and my face on it. There’s some funny ones out there. And she was getting a crackup out of it, too. I mean, it was pretty funny there for a while … that’s what made it comical. It was just the contract getting bounced around.
The Clippers’ Crawford showed off his game Memorial Day weekend in Tacoma, Wash., (remember Crawford is from the Seattle area) at Celtics’ guard Isaiah Thomas‘ Memorial Day Zeke-End Basketball Tournament. The best part of this video is when Crawfords decides to try and nutmeg (go between the legs) of Boston’s Kelly Olynyk. Aside this one defender, Crawford is just too much for everyone involved. Watching NBA guys destroy lesser talent is one of the joys of summer.
The release of the documents comes about a week before Seattle is expected to release its final environmental impact statement on a proposed arena just south of downtown. A memorandum of understanding is in place with investor Chris Hansen, the city and King County for arena funding but only if Hansen is able to secure an NBA franchise. The MOU has a five-year window that expires in late 2017. Hansen was nearly able to purchase the Sacramento Kings in 2013 and move them to Seattle before a local buyer was found and a new arena approved for the team.
The mayor of the Seattle suburb of Tukwila has sent letters to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NBA commissioner Adam Silver expressing his support for a proposed multipurpose arena that could house franchises for both leagues. The city released documents pertaining to the proposed arena plan Tuesday after public records requests.