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.
Jessica Camerato: Robert Upshaw has talked to and received a lot of advice from Seattle-born players in the NBA. #NBACombine
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.
Arash Markazi: Fun Fact: Nate Robinson owns a chicken and waffle restaurant near Seattle frequented by Steve Ballmer. nateswingsandwaffles.com
With the Celtics hosting Miami at 1 p.m. on Super Sunday, Bradley will have to watch the game on TV. But a couple of his friends on the Clippers from Seattle may try to be in Glendale, Ariz. “Me, Spencer (Hawes) and Jamal (Crawford) were talking before the game Monday, and they were saying that if they have enough free time, they might even go to the game,” Bradley said. “I’m pretty sure (Phoenix guard) Isaiah Thomas is going. We’re all Seattle fans.”
Aaron Brooks played pee-wee football with fellow Seattle native Nate Robinson, starting when he was 7 years old. “We never lost, every age group,” Brooks said before Thursday’s game. Brooks and Robinson played AAU basketball and ran track together, but there’s one sport Robinson refuses to play Brooks. “Aaron’s a heck of a bowler,” Robinson said. “He’s probably the best bowler in the NBA, left or right handed. Him and his family have been doing bowling leagues since he was 2 or 3 years old.”
After Mason’s debut, his next seven shows sold out, making his retirement from the NBA in 2009 a smooth transition. His family of four is based in Oklahoma City, and he holds an average of eight exhibitions annually that span the globe. Unlike his debut in 2004, returning to Seattle and seeing his work sell for $4,000 to $10,000 assures Mason he’s on the right path. “I understand what basketball gave me the opportunity to do,” he said. “It gave me a platform to display my art on a high level. But no one is going to buy a painting from Desmond Mason for $15,000 just because he played for the Seattle Sonics and Milwaukee Bucks. There’s a limit. Now, it’s not so much about me playing basketball. It’s more about they love what they’re looking at.”
Mason has since shed his basketball persona for his true passion, being an artist. In his return, Mason filled Axis’ Pioneer Square gallery with abstract works on various mediums for a private exhibition benefiting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. In the center of the 18-piece collection was a new piece specifically for the show titled “The Irony of Darks and Lights.” The abstract painting on wood panel looks as if peering through thick evergreens to view Lake Washington. “It has a very serene and soft feel,” Mason said. “I miss driving across the lake on the 520 and getting into downtown and seeing the Space Needle. Even though it was busy and a lot of traffic, for me, it had a serenity.”
Then I would like to say thanks to his beautiful wife, Tori, for sharing him with all of his fans and letting him play a game of basketball for the great city of Seattle at the pro-am on this weekend! Most guys would be lucky to play a game of basketball a week after getting married but Jamal’s wife let him and his friends – Chris Paul, Nate Robinson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Matt Barnes, Tony Wroten, Isaiah Thomas, Dejounte Murray, Wale, Will Conroy – have a pick-up game…at midnight…in front of a few thousand people! That’s love. From wife to husband, husband to fans, fans to the city. It was all love in Seattle last night. Just in case you were wondering who won. Chris Paul’s team beat Crawford’s 136-129
Ramona Shelburne: Steve Ballmer tells ESPN he has absolutely “no thought” of moving the Clippers to Seattle. Ballmer says: “I’ love Los Angeles. I love Seattle too. But the notion of spending time in Los Angeles has been exciting to me for years.”
Ramona Shelburne: As we reported over the weekend, Ballmer has told Shelly Sterling he would not move the team to Seattle. He also said in an interview w/ WSJ
Spencer Hawes: Congrats to the mayor of Seattle basketball and the purveyor of broken ankles everywhere, @Jamal Crawford, on another #6thManoftheYear award!
Isaiah Thomas: Congrats 2 my bro @Jamal Crawford on winning another 6th man of the year award. You deserve it & everybody knows that! Keep being a inspiration
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.
The investor who attempted to purchase the Sacramento Kings and move them to Seattle says his investment group is solely focused on pursuing the NBA and is not interested in owning an NHL franchise.
Howard Beck: Silver: “I’m very sympathetic to the city of Seattle… I hope we get back there one day.” cc @Sonicsgate #ssac
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.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: All along, Herb Kohl’s been committed to keeping Bucks in Milwaukee. He could’ve cashed out and let someone else move them. He won’t do it.