So the powers that be have spoken. As a result this blog will be constantly updated throughout the year with NBA news and notes, rumblings and rumors. A lot is going on this off-season, be it trades and free agency, dirty refs or the Sonics potential relocation to OKC. This is the place where I’ll post and hopefully discuss all of it with you folks.
Might as well start today. Steve Largent, the Hall of Fame wide receiver and former Oklahoma politician, was asked about the Sonics situation and was quoted in the Seattle Times as saying “business is business.” Largent, remember, spent 13 NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and knows a thing or two about sports in the Great Northwest. Largent, according to the Times, thinks the Sonics deserve to stay in Seattle, but he also said that if previous Sonics owner Howard Schultz wanted to make sure the team stayed in Seattle he shouldn’t have sold to out-of-state businessmen.
Largent brings up a good point that many people seem to be overlooking. Don’t blame Clay Bennett and his ownership group for being businessmen or accuse them of trying to “steal” Seattle’s team. Bennett is doing what any savvy businessman would do. He saw an opportunity and jumped on it. Schultz is the one who sold the team to out-of-state businessmen who, from Day One, made it clear that they would move the team if a new arena deal was not reached. Bennett gave and continues to give the city of Seattle and surrounding areas the first crack at keeping the franchises. But they seem to be uninterested in doing what it takes. So, as Largent said, business is business.