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Slade Gorton, City of Seattle attorney

By Jenni Carlson Modified: May 5, 2008 at 9:30 am •  Published: May 5, 2008

His comments about the financial pressure that the Sonics owners would face if forced to fulfill their KeyArena lease terms drew, um, fire from David Stern. The NBA commissioner called Gorton's efforts "a scorched earth policy."

Only days after the NBA Board of Governors' vote to relocate the Sonics, Mr. Scorched Earth sounded as if he had softened, telling the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "While I'd still love to see the Sonics stay, I think that is highly unlikely. What we're trying to accomplish now, in my view, is to get another team in their place."

Sonic sound bite: "My goal from the very beginning has been to have a team. Revenge, I'm not interested in as much." — Gorton, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 22.


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