In “The Shawshank Redempton,” Andy Dufresne claimed that hope was a good thing — “maybe best of things” — but it seems to have backfired here. This was supposed to be a slam-dunk vote toward inching closer to an NBA arena. Instead, the Sonics faithful just got slammed. “The city’s past actions contributed to the Sonics leaving Seattle,” Seattle mayor Ed Murray said Monday. “Today’s council vote makes it less likely that the NBA will return.”
B/R: Will Seattle ever get another franchise? If so, should the team be called the Sonics? NR: I hope it has a franchise again. It should be called the Sonics, for sure. Nothing should change. Keep the same colors—just swag the jerseys out. S--t, the main reason Seattle should have a team is because of the ballers it produced. Kevin Durant right now would tell you [that] if he had the chance to go to the Sonics or stay in OKC, he for sure would be in Seattle, and he wouldn't want to leave ever. Myself, Isaiah Thomas—he has f--king offense—Jamal Crawford, we could build a Seattle team that would compete in the NBA, for sure. Brandon Roy, Marvin Williams, give us Zach LaVine, Avery Bradley, Aaron Brooks, Spencer Hawes, Jon Brockman, Rodney Stuckey...we're taking all Seattle guys.
"We are 30 partners right now. Thirty teams. Each of those teams own 1/30th of all the global opportunities of the NBA. So the issue becomes, if you expand, do you want to sell one of those interests off to a new group of partners? One reason to do it of course, is that if its additive. And no doubt, Seattle is a great market. At the moment, like for me as successful as the league is right now, we (are) not in the position, putting even aside profitability, where all 30 teams are must-see experiences. That's not a secret."
The Seattle Times has reported that Seattle city officials knowingly brushed off the feasibility of bringing an NHL or NBA team to a remodeled KeyArena. Another long-time Seattle media member counters that it's unlikely that taxpayers or developers would want to pay for a renovation anyway. 710 ESPN Seattle's Danny O'Neil believes both stories are missing one major component of the debate. "Whether or not KeyArena can be retrofit to fit NBA or NHL standards doesn't really matter at all unless you can find someone who's willing to buy a team from one of those leagues and then plant it here in a retrofitted KeyArena," he told Seattle's Morning News. "I think this is a debate about a moot point, essentially."
O'Neil says the reason a KeyArena remodel isn't realistic is that Seattle would need someone who owns one of those teams in either the NBA or NHL to sell those leagues on that arena. "And I don't see that happening," O'Neil said. "The only reason Chris Hansen has stepped forward and come up with the most feasible plan, or the one that actually has some money behind it right now, is because what he can develop around it in SoDo with those properties."
July 23, 2021 | 2:09 pm EDT Update
Jason Anderson: Kai Jones says he had a great workout with the Kings, specifically saying he had dinner with the team and shot the ball well. “They love the passion I play with and the motor I play with.”
Joe Mullinax: I asked Kai if any of the NBA Texas big men have reached out to him with advice on the draft process. He’s close w/ Hayes, & they talked about the NBA during the pandemic. He’s worked out with Bamba too. Myles Turner has reached out. Said Longhorn fam has supported him big time
Trae Young is bringing more opportunities to those in his hometown. The city of Norman broke ground on the Young Family Athletic Center, a nearly $36 million sports facility, Wednesday morning thanks in part to a $4 million donation from the Trae Young Family Foundation. The hope is the multi-million dollar facility establishes Norman as a hub in the sports tourism market.
“I’m so excited for this,” Young said. “It was definitely tough as a kid growing up and having to travel around the whole country (for tournaments). … The biggest things are going to be here in Norman. It’s just special.” The YFAC, which sits on a 12-acre site near the intersection of 24th Avenue NW and Rock Creek Road, will reach an approximate size of 122,000 square feet by the time it opens in spring 2023.
Kurt Pegler: Basketball royalty back home in central Illinois this week. Peoria High grad and former NBA player Shaun Livingston hosting his summer camp. Washington High grad and European pro Alec Peters sharing his expertise at his camp.
July 23, 2021 | 2:01 pm EDT Update
Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf officially became owners of Orlando City Soccer Club on Wednesday after completing a sale — which includes the Lions, the Pride, Exploria Stadium and an academy system — from Flávio Augusto da Silva. Mark Wilf will assume the role of chairman and governor of the club. The purchase price was not disclosed, but reports from The Athletic place the transaction at $400 million to $450 million. The new ownership group includes a familiar name. The DeVos family, owners of the Orlando Magic, have purchased a minority stake in the soccer club from the Wilfs.