The relocation committee that will ultimately approve or deny the Seattle Sonics’ move to OKC has been appointed.
In the group is Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Warriors owner Chris Cohan, Nets part owner Lewis Katz, Pacers co-owner Herb Simon, Sixers chairman Ed Snider and Spurs owner Peter Holt.
Two of the more interesting members of the group are Peter Holt and Lewis Katz. Sonics owner Clay Bennett was a part of the Spurs ownership group that included Holt in the early 90s before Holt acquired majority interest. Wonder what kind of relationship they have today? Katz is an interesting addition because he and the other Nets owners are in the process of moving the team to Brooklyn, where an estimated $3.5 billion sports arena and business and residential complex is being built. I would think Bennett would have Katz’s support.
In other Sonics news, Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelley wrote a piece in Sunday’s paper, crying out to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for help in keeping the Sonics in Seattle. Worthy of a look.