Apparently Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is on Seattle’s attorneys wish list for questioning when the June 16th trial begins in the court case between the Sonics and city of Seattle.
I spoke with Cornett on Thursday and he said he was surprised to learn that the city is interested in him.
“I thought the issue had to do with the existing lease between the team and the city,” Cornett said. “I obviously wasn’t a par of any lease that was negotiated 12 years ago and don’t know what I would add to the conversation. But I will cooperate with whatever they want.”
Cornett went on to say that he’s always stayed out of the fight between the Sonics and the city of Seattle, focusing instead on what he could do for Oklahoma City to help it land a franchise.
“We have always focused on us,” Cornett said, “knowing that if we focus on us I feel like we’re going to get an NBA team. We’ve been very careful to not get involved with anything that’s going on in Seattle.
“I have a very good relationship with the Seattle Mayor (Greg Nickels) and think the world of that city. I’ve vacationed there several times. I think it’s a beautiful place. I’ve just been proactively pushing my own city’s pursuit of a team.”