Nickels' reply: "The city will be in court in June to hold the current owners to the agreement that they made."
The man whose companies have made billions off lattes and biscotti has filed a lawsuit of his own. Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz led the ownership group that sold the Sonics two years ago, and his suit contends that the current owners did not act in good faith when trying to secure a new arena deal for the team.
Schultz wants the sale voided.
And he's brought in Richard Yarmuth to help. Like Gorton, Yarmuth has helped previously in bringing and keeping pro sports in Seattle.
For the Sonic Defenders, the game is serious and the deficit is wide. The NBA Board of Governors has already agreed to the Sonics' relocation, and the team is trying to buy its way out its lease and move this summer.
"I can't say if I'd known how hard it would be I'd have gotten involved," Robinson said. "But we're here.
"Once you're in the game, you don't pull yourself out."