What the hell is David Sterns problem. Today he threatened Seattle and gave a warning that the SuperSonics could eventually leave Seattle, saying Thursday that the city is, "not interested in having the NBA there."
From the AP:
Stern has said the Sonics' lease with the city is the worst in the NBA, and he went to Seattle in February to ask Washington state lawmakers for tax money to renovate Key Arena. Sonics owner Howard Schultz, the chairman of Starbucks Corp., has threatened to move or sell the team if state lawmakers don't approve a sales-tax package to pay for a new or renovated arena. But state lawmakers last month said there would be no deal this year."I would say that the city is making it pretty clear of what they want us to do, and we'll accommodate them," Stern said.
Hmm...lets see Seattle built Safeco field in 1997 ($517.6 million)and Seahawks Stadium in 2000 ($300 million). Thats $817.6 million dollars worth of sports stadiums. Key Arena was built in 1962 and totally gutted in 1995 (costing the city 74.5 million).
SO when the Sonics start threatening to leave if they don't get a new stadium you can see why the people might be a bit hesitant. This is a city that doesn't have a light rail system and is suffering from an extreme lack of affordable housing. This is on top of the fact that the NBA is just not exciting to watch.
Sorry Stern but I hope Seattle calls your and Schultz's bluff. I don't think cities are knocking down the door to get an NBA franchise not with the product you are putting on the court. Hell why go to a Sonics game when you can catch the up tempo high scoring Huskies?
Doesn't matter I have the Vermont Frost Heaves now playing 10 minutes away! Season up this Fall.