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Stern on Seattle expansion team

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm •  Published: March 27, 2008

NBA Commissioner David Stern on Thursday would not come clean about whether Seattle will get an expansion franchise if the Sonics move to Oklahoma City. He had this to say when asked about the possibility….

“I think what I’d like to do is to say that in light of the swirling events and the continuing litigation and the to and fro with respect to the Sonics, I’d like to take the opportunity to impose a gag on myself and allow speculation to grow in whatever way is constructive.”

Also, you can hear an interesting interview with former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton here. Gorton, remember, is the man who is leading the city of Seattle’s lawsuit against Sonics owners and the heavyweight who was expected to save basketball in Seattle because he was instrumental in keeping the Mariners from moving to Florida in1991. Here’s a snippet of the interview:

“You’ve got to step back and recognize the situation in which David Stern finds himself. Right now, he doesn’t have a big problem. We have a big problem. We’ve got a team with an owner who wants to move it to Oklahoma City, and we’ve got an arena that’s bluntly not up to NBA standards. And David Stern has a constituent, a constituent who wants to move to Oklahoma City and has no way as he sees it to keep it in Seattle. If we get the public officials in Seattle and the state to come up with the last $75 million for this $300 million remodel, then David Stern has a problem. He’s got a great big problem.”


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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