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Q&A with Mayor Mick Cornett: 'I think patience is the key word for us'

Published: November 3, 2007
You've just got to understand that's the way things are. You can't get a relocated franchise until someone else has an intention to relocate. This is definitely a step in that direction.

Q: When do you start thinking about setting aside dates at the Ford Center, finding a team headquarters, those type things?

Cornett: We need to determine what's appropriate and what's not. We haven't been through this process before. I'm not going to pretend I know what the next step is. I want to handle it correctly and make sure the city handles it correctly, and we don't create legal exposure for ourselves. But I think at some point those are the types of steps that have to be taken.

Q: Sonics chairman Clay Bennett said Friday morning now is when a comprehensive relationship between the Sonics and Oklahoma City will begin. What will that entail?

Cornett: I don't know. Obviously, Clay and I haven't talked about that. That's one of the things I'll be talking to the league about, ‘What should my relationship be with an owner once he's filed for relocation?'

Q: You're still tempering your reaction. When do people around here get to stand and cheer?

Cornett: I would think when the courts resolve their issues and the NBA board of governors has voted up or down. Those are two necessary steps. At city hall, we won't be celebrating until there's a signed lease. That's when we can take a deep breath.

Compiled by John Rohde

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