Many were still pining over the loss of the SuperSonics franchise to Oklahoma City in 2008. But nobody seemed prepared for the vitriol unleased against the female gender. The plan was shot down in a 5-4 vote — or more specifically, five women to four men. “You have made this world a worse place by whoring yourselves out to the highest bidder,” one person wrote in an email to each of the female council members. “Each of you should rot in hell for what you took from me yesterday.”
On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted against giving part of Occidental Avenue South to an entrepreneur who wants to build an arena to lure back the NBA. The decision upset some fans in Seattle, and apparently Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was among them. Wilson took to Twitter on Tuesday night to share his feelings and urge fans to start a petition.
Spencer Hawes: Fuck the Seattle city council. First they let our Sonics leave and now they kill our shot at getting them back. Over an ALLEY! Disgusted in the people elected to run our wonderful city. #bringbackoursonics https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7I-6mGAoU/
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."
August 4, 2021 | 8:51 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Free agent guard Raul Neto has agreed to a deal to return to the Washington Wizards, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Fred Katz: Here are the 2nd-round picks the Wizards are giving up in the Dinwiddie trade: • Most favorable of CHI/LAL/DET 2022 2nd (to SAS) • Least favorable of WAS/MEM 2024 2nd (to LAL) • WAS 2028 2nd (to LAL) • Most favorable of MEM/WAS 2nd (to BKN) • 2025 GSW/WAS pick swap (to BKN)
LeBron James: Keep talking about my squad, our personnel ages, the way he plays, he stays injured, we’re past our time in this league, etc etc etc. Do me one favor PLEASE!!!! And I mean PLEASE!!! 🙏🏾 Keep that same narrative ENERGY when it begins! That’s all I ask. #ThankYou 👑
August 4, 2021 | 7:30 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Restricted free agent guard Saben Lee is returning to the Detroit Pistons on a three-year deal, source tells ESPN.
The state Department of Health Services reported that 491 people with confirmed or probable cases said they had attended the Deer District or Bucks game “during their exposure or infectious periods” but the department could not say definitively that they caught the virus while viewing the game downtown or elsewhere. The department also said the figure was likely an undercount. “We anticipated an increase in positive cases due to the delta variant but 155% increase in one week is distressing,”Milwaukee Health Commissioner Kirsten Johnson said.