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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 2:32 pm
  • drdiags wrote:
    CPHawk wrote:I understand the hate for Stern, he's a king douche bag, but why no hate for your own civic leaders in Olympia and Seattle who pretty much kicked Stern in the ass? You have to ask yourself, if only our local guys would have just shown they would try would the Sonics be gone? Right now I would bet good money Stern wouldn't have let the Sonics move had they just tried a little bit, hell the Sac group has an agreement for a new Arena that is as stable as RGIII ACL, and we offered at least double what the Kings are worth, and they aren't moving.


    To me the issue was the 95 remodel of Seattle Center. Plus the lease not being the type of lease that the NBA later figured all teams needed to make money with. Stern himself was shaking hands and kissing babies when the 95 remodel occurred, saying the arena was state of the art. Then 10 years later, after many folks felt the two other stadiums got forced upon them, it was going to be a hard sell to get people on board to build the Sonics a new arena. NBA was not happy.

    Plus the fact that Ackerley and company chose a configuration to discourage the idea of sharing it with the NHL and the whole thing was just one calamity after another. Schultz couldn't get what he wanted, Stern was snubbed and away we go. Though many knew the endgame, Bennett was presented as willing to work with the locals prior to giving up on the region. It wasn't until after the fact that the Ballmers of the world tried to rally late. Relocation had already been approved before the rallying cry was on from what I remember.

    I doubt Stern would have been an ally to stop relocation like he was with Sactown because our politicians didn't give him reason to. Bennett wasn't credible and was scorned here prior to filing for relocation but the league could see it was poisonous by the time they allowed him out. Of course he helped along the fight but that is for another day.

    Yep, the governor, city council, mayor and state legislature all helped make it a layup to get the team out of town. They all can take a leap but most are gone except for a few major dickheads.


    I think you're spot on, Doc - and we're on the same wavelength.

    The only difference is I always feel the need to stick up for Ackerly, because I think he gets an unfair share of the blame for The Key (and it's also the main reason I'm worried about the current MOU until shovels are actually in the ground). Ackerly never wanted to shut the door on the NHL - he was forced into it. He originally owned the land where Safeco now sits and had plans for a 20K seat true multi-purpose arena. He worked on it for years and was willing to front the majority of $. The public portion was going to fine from parking garages he built and then leased to the city and shared the revenue from on game days. He wanted the NHL to be a future tenant. He also wanted the city to sign a "non-compete" agreement for the old Coliseum to help ensure the profitability of his arena by getting first crack at all the concert/convention revenue.

    Ackerly had the support of the Mayor (IIRC, it was Norm Rice at the time) and I don't know if he had the equivalent of an MOU, bit he had signed agreements with City Council and was into the permitting process.

    Political pressure from some of the Council ultimately killed the deal. The opposition mainly came from the fear that losing the Sonics would have too big ab negative impact on Lower Queen Anne and the City's ability to operate Seattle Center (ironic, isn't it?) They buried Ackerly in red-tape until he realized he wasn't going to get the deal done.

    To Ackerly's credit he never played hardball, never threatened to move or sell, and he felt so strongly that the Sonics belonged in Seattle proper that he ultimately turned down overtures from Bellevue. (And he really had been stuck in a sub par building for a long time - the Sonics had a RAIN OUT game, the roof leaked so bad.) He then worked out the compromised remodel of the Coliseum into The Key.

    The anti-NHL configuration was a choice that was begrudgingly made because of the physical limitations of the Coliseum and the footprint of the main pyramid support columns. In order to add the Suite level and still keep it at the 18K seat size, they had to lower the floor so much that the NHL ice would no longer fit. Any other plan would've required a complete tear-down and made the construction costs too high and the project never would've penciled out or got approval from the City.

    The sacrifices that were made to keep the Sonics playing at Seattle Center eventually caused them to leave town entirely. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 2:50 pm
  • drdiags wrote:
    CPHawk wrote:I understand the hate for Stern, he's a king douche bag, but why no hate for your own civic leaders in Olympia and Seattle who pretty much kicked Stern in the ass? You have to ask yourself, if only our local guys would have just shown they would try would the Sonics be gone? Right now I would bet good money Stern wouldn't have let the Sonics move had they just tried a little bit, hell the Sac group has an agreement for a new Arena that is as stable as RGIII ACL, and we offered at least double what the Kings are worth, and they aren't moving.


    To me the issue was the 95 remodel of Seattle Center. Plus the lease not being the type of lease that the NBA later figured all teams needed to make money with. Stern himself was shaking hands and kissing babies when the 95 remodel occurred, saying the arena was state of the art. Then 10 years later, after many folks felt the two other stadiums got forced upon them, it was going to be a hard sell to get people on board to build the Sonics a new arena. NBA was not happy.

    Plus the fact that Ackerley and company chose a configuration to discourage the idea of sharing it with the NHL and the whole thing was just one calamity after another. Schultz couldn't get what he wanted, Stern was snubbed and away we go. Though many knew the endgame, Bennett was presented as willing to work with the locals prior to giving up on the region. It wasn't until after the fact that the Ballmers of the world tried to rally late. Relocation had already been approved before the rallying cry was on from what I remember.

    I doubt Stern would have been an ally to stop relocation like he was with Sactown because our politicians didn't give him reason to. Bennett wasn't credible and was scorned here prior to filing for relocation but the league could see it was poisonous by the time they allowed him out. Of course he helped along the fight but that is for another day.

    Yep, the governor, city council, mayor and state legislature all helped make it a layup to get the team out of town. They all can take a leap but most are gone except for a few major dickheads.

    Pretty much. And the one other thing is the Key Arena footprint is just too small to have the luxury boxes that generate needed revenue - so a whole new arena was needed, and it was only ten years after we paid for the remo, and like you said the good folks of Seattle were not about to pop for a third stadium right after the other two.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 3:17 pm
  • Thanks Ved for the Ackerley insights. Didn't realize the extent of BS he had to endure. Shows him in a different light. Mid-90s I was in a funk and missed out on following the teams as closely as I once did. Always thought he tanked the Center because of the NHL and after reading about how his Son left the other Seattle NHL folks hanging when they did that presentation before the NHL BoG.

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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 3:40 pm
  • I gotta say one thing... for all that the actual building at Key area is old, small, weird and just doesn't work for a big time pro sports league, I always found the area around the Key to be hella fun to mill about in before and after games. There was always something going on; not always "normal", but usually pretty entertaining. SoDo is cool in it's own right, but Seattle Center is a different kind of cool and as a regular "sports tourist" I kinda appreciated the difference.

    That being said, screw it. Get the new arena built and bring the Sonics home asap.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 4:36 pm
  • I had a couple $8 Wienies and almost tumbled down those steep stairs in the upper bowl, and also screamed saliva drunkenly into the yuppie's head in front of me - really penetrated wetly into his ultra-normal haircut. The lower Queen Anne bars were pretty lively after a game.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 4:59 pm
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    Throwdown wrote:Coffees gross anyway, and yes we blame everyone!

    Everyone can be lined up in the line, screw them all, may they starve to death instead of those poor kids in Africa.


    Agreed, coffee is disgusting, I'm more of a hot chocolate man myself.


    Hot chocolate? :roll: Clearly you are 11 years old and a girl. ;)


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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 5:10 pm
  • CANHawk wrote:
    Blitzer88 wrote:
    Throwdown wrote:Coffees gross anyway, and yes we blame everyone!

    Everyone can be lined up in the line, screw them all, may they starve to death instead of those poor kids in Africa.


    Agreed, coffee is disgusting, I'm more of a hot chocolate man myself.


    Hot chocolate? :roll: Clearly you are 11 years old and a girl. ;)

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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 7:03 pm
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    Throwdown wrote:Coffees gross anyway, and yes we blame everyone!

    Everyone can be lined up in the line, screw them all, may they starve to death instead of those poor kids in Africa.


    Agreed, coffee is disgusting, I'm more of a hot chocolate man myself.


    Hot chocolate? :roll: Clearly you are 11 years old and a girl. ;)


    That explains a lot actually...
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 8:10 pm
  • Per SonicsArena:
    "There are speed bumps and there are roadblocks. This week was a speed bump. Thank you for your continued support. The Sonics will be back!"
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 8:17 pm
  • Blitzer88 wrote:Per SonicsArena:
    "There are speed bumps and there are roadblocks. This week was a speed bump. Thank you for your continued support. The Sonics will be back!"


    I'll hoist a hot chocolate to that! Might need to Irish that sumbitch up a little first though...
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 8:21 pm
  • Blitzer88 wrote:Per SonicsArena:
    "There are speed bumps and there are roadblocks. This week was a speed bump. Thank you for your continued support. The Sonics will be back!"


    And ya'll ready to give up??????

    Gimmie a break, I know yesterday was rough, but as long as our guys are in on this, I am too.

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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 8:35 pm
  • Per the SacBee, the Maloofs and the Sac group have reached a deal to sell the Kings at the amount of 535 million dollars. Game, set and match. No NBA for us for a LONG LONG time if ever.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 8:40 pm
  • That doesn't mean the NBA is dead to us for a long time there Blitz
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 8:41 pm
  • Blitzer88 wrote:Per the SacBee, the Maloofs and the Sac group have reached a deal to sell the Kings at the amount of 535 million dollars. Game, set and match. No NBA for us for a LONG LONG time if ever.


    Watch, after a couple of years of not being able to get an arena deal and a floundering market, they split for San Jose. Apparently it's what Hansen should have done all along.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 8:42 pm
  • Shaz wrote:That doesn't mean the NBA is dead to us for a long time there Blitz


    I don't want to wait 10-15 years to get another NBA team. And "IF" we do get expansion I think that is the earliest we can possibly get one. Silver is just Stern 2.0.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 8:47 pm
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    Shaz wrote:That doesn't mean the NBA is dead to us for a long time there Blitz


    I don't want to wait 10-15 years to get another NBA team. And "IF" we do get expansion I think that is the earliest we can possibly get one. Silver is just Stern 2.0.


    MOU is only good for 5 years, the NBA knows this, 10-15 years is unrealistic, bruh.

    If you were sitting there worrying about the Kings still, you're worrying about the wrong things.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 9:02 pm
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    Blitzer88 wrote:
    Shaz wrote:That doesn't mean the NBA is dead to us for a long time there Blitz


    I don't want to wait 10-15 years to get another NBA team. And "IF" we do get expansion I think that is the earliest we can possibly get one. Silver is just Stern 2.0.


    MOU is only good for 5 years, the NBA knows this, 10-15 years is unrealistic, bruh.

    If you were sitting there worrying about the Kings still, you're worrying about the wrong things.


    No, I just worry about everything.....even things that someone shouldn't worry about.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 9:17 pm
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 9:18 pm
  • Throwdown wrote:
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    Shaz wrote:That doesn't mean the NBA is dead to us for a long time there Blitz


    I don't want to wait 10-15 years to get another NBA team. And "IF" we do get expansion I think that is the earliest we can possibly get one. Silver is just Stern 2.0.


    MOU is only good for 5 years, the NBA knows this, 10-15 years is unrealistic, bruh.

    If you were sitting there worrying about the Kings still, you're worrying about the wrong things.

    Mayoral elections happening in November, MOU is not binding, it can be squashed
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 9:20 pm
  • So what happens to that non refundable 30 million dollars? I took that as the Seattle group would lose it if they backed out of the deal but if the Maloofs are then they should have to give it back. Seems a bit unfair but nothing with this has been fair.

    30 million dollars is still a lo of money to piss away.

    And if the Seattle group is being completely squeezed out now then screw it and start the lawsuits because of the binding agreements.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 11:32 pm
  • Can I say again that some of you are the sorriest pussies I've ever seen?

    Chris is going to get us a team, period.

    Also, want to thank our visitors from Sacramento for just letting me enjoy Sacramento's inevitable collapse as an extremely entertaining sideshow for the next couple of years. I might be a spiteful man, but I'm going to feed off of the misery of your little hole in the Earth.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 11:42 pm
  • pinksheets wrote:Can I say again that some of you are the sorriest pussies I've ever seen?

    Chris is going to get us a team, period.

    Also, want to thank our visitors from Sacramento for just letting me enjoy Sacramento's inevitable collapse as an extremely entertaining sideshow for the next couple of years. I might be a spiteful man, but I'm going to feed off of the misery of your little hole in the Earth.



    Are you talking about my post? I was just asking a question.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Thu May 16, 2013 11:54 pm
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    pinksheets wrote:Can I say again that some of you are the sorriest pussies I've ever seen?

    Chris is going to get us a team, period.

    Also, want to thank our visitors from Sacramento for just letting me enjoy Sacramento's inevitable collapse as an extremely entertaining sideshow for the next couple of years. I might be a spiteful man, but I'm going to feed off of the misery of your little hole in the Earth.



    Are you talking about my post? I was just asking a question.

    Nope. Just a general post for the absolute defeatists who think this is the end of everything. If Chris marches on, so do I. I believe in this guy, I believe in the Sonics, I believe in this state of the art building. It's going to happen, and the last thing we need is a bunch of people jumping off the train, but if they do, I'd really rather you stay off when Chris delivers.

    Lawsuits aren't looking like they'll happen, but I don't consider the prospect as a pussy move, it's fighting on in another way.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 12:07 am
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    pinksheets wrote:Can I say again that some of you are the sorriest pussies I've ever seen?

    Chris is going to get us a team, period.

    Also, want to thank our visitors from Sacramento for just letting me enjoy Sacramento's inevitable collapse as an extremely entertaining sideshow for the next couple of years. I might be a spiteful man, but I'm going to feed off of the misery of your little hole in the Earth.



    Are you talking about my post? I was just asking a question.

    Nope. Just a general post for the absolute defeatists who think this is the end of everything. If Chris marches on, so do I. I believe in this guy, I believe in the Sonics, I believe in this state of the art building. It's going to happen, and the last thing we need is a bunch of people jumping off the train, but if they do, I'd really rather you stay off when Chris delivers.

    Lawsuits aren't looking like they'll happen, but I don't consider the prospect as a pussy move, it's fighting on in another way.



    Fair enough, I guess I shouldn't give up yet. but that's not easy since we haven't had a single good thing go our way since they announced the sonics were sold. And David stern is a evil bitter old man with an obvious grudge against Seattle.

    But I will continue my boycott of the nba until we get another team.

    I still have faith in the Seattle group. Just not much in the nba.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 12:09 am
  • Not a single good thing?

    We had a very wealthy investment group come out with their passion project to bring the NBA back to Seattle.

    We had our very difficult local political system go along with and endorse a plan for a state of the art, envelope pushing building (while Sacramento is getting some generic cookie cutter building).

    We've had more victories than defeats with the Hansen group so far, and I find it hard to believe he just let go of all leverage he had in this situation for no reason. This guy offers concessions, but he gets to where he wants to be.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 12:12 am
  • I don't see anything about the 7 percent in bankruptsy or the 20 percent that they were going to buy. All is quiet concerning this except the optimistic snippets from the sonicrising site thats been posted.

    Coming away with nothing at all and no real big media splash after tells me that either Hansen has conceeded and is licking his teams wounds, or there is something else in the works that can't be let out of the bag. Losing something that has been so visable and talked about and not really having any major conference or retort about the sale to Sacramento just doesn't seem typical after the heavy commentary and aggressive action leading up to the meeting and the sale today.

    This especially on the heals of Sterns opening statement that could only be taken as a shot which I doubt gets by Balmer or Hansen as a oopsie.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 12:23 am
  • I'm talking about from the nba, it's awesome we have this group from Seattle wanting to do anything to bring a team here. I meant the nba who has used us as its biatch to scare other teams into caving into arena demands.

    Do I think we'll eventually get a team? Probably but I'm just a little worn own right now after being repeadly kicked in the teeth by the nba.

    People need a little time to be upset and vent before they relax a bit and start to think about the big picture. So I wouldn't read too much into the bitter comments right now. :)
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 12:32 am
  • From what I can tell the 20% is over with. The Maloofs are selling to Vivek. The 7% is still in play, and no bidders stepped up besides Hansen. He could very well still buy that piece of the team.

    I don't now if anybody was listening to Mitch at around 7:30am or so, but he brought up that the Seattle group was told that they'd need to commit to a timeline for an arena, and that if certain benchmarks were not met, the team would be sold back to the NBA, the Seattle group said hell to the no. I'm betting that the Sacramento group said "yes please stick it in whatever hole you want". I highly doubt the Kings are playing in Sacramento in 10 years, I doubt even more so that they're playing in an arena at the Downtown Plaza site. The current deal is absolute trash. Hansen may be waiting in the wings, watching this deal fall apart, and perhaps buying the team at that point or watching Vivek move the team elsewhere, who knows. Either way, I'm convinced that the Sacramento group have a very shaky deal based on what the NBA has requested. So either Sac loses the team or they bankrupt their city funding the only source of civic pride....because that city has literally zero to offer otherwise.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 12:48 am
  • Forgive me for not reading all of this, been out of town dealing with a death in the family but in reading some of your responses, i am disappointed. We got FUCKED. No two ways about it and some of you are seriously seeing what you want to see. Stern imposed his will and capitalism lost. Lets call this what it is, Seattle got bent over... Period.

    Edit: and why should H/B/N even consider another go at this. The better plan lost. Good business is not the goal. Invest in something that makes money.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 7:45 am
  • RT @ChrisMannixSI Sources also say that hedge fund manager Chris Hansen will not file any lawsuits in relation 2 the Kings/Seattle situation

    League sources say owners offered to pay Hansen-Ballmer group the $30 million non-refundable deposit they paid the Maloofs. They declined

    As of late last night, I was told the Sea group was still "bargaining" with NBA. For what I don't know Could explain last tweets from Mannix

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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 7:49 am
  • pinksheets wrote:Can I say again that some of you are the sorriest pussies I've ever seen?

    Chris is going to get us a team, period.

    Also, want to thank our visitors from Sacramento for just letting me enjoy Sacramento's inevitable collapse as an extremely entertaining sideshow for the next couple of years. I might be a spiteful man, but I'm going to feed off of the misery of your little hole in the Earth.

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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 7:50 am
  • Killa Kam wrote:
    RT @ChrisMannixSI Sources also say that hedge fund manager Chris Hansen will not file any lawsuits in relation 2 the Kings/Seattle situation

    League sources say owners offered to pay Hansen-Ballmer group the $30 million non-refundable deposit they paid the Maloofs. They declined

    As of late last night, I was told the Sea group was still "bargaining" with NBA. For what I don't know Could explain last tweets from Mannix

    from Softy's twitter

    Hope this bargaining leads to an expansion in the next few years


    All of this makes a whole lot of sense in light of what Tim Montemayor shared ...
    http://www.seahawks.net/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=68646

    Very expected, actually.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 7:54 am
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    RT @ChrisMannixSI Sources also say that hedge fund manager Chris Hansen will not file any lawsuits in relation 2 the Kings/Seattle situation

    League sources say owners offered to pay Hansen-Ballmer group the $30 million non-refundable deposit they paid the Maloofs. They declined

    As of late last night, I was told the Sea group was still "bargaining" with NBA. For what I don't know Could explain last tweets from Mannix

    from Softy's twitter

    Hope this bargaining leads to an expansion in the next few years

    Very cool of the owners. Im sure it was Allen, Cuban, and some of the other good guys in the NBA.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 9:05 am
  • From everything I've read it sounds like the owners were in Hansen's corner going into the vote but Stern did some "arm twisting" and got them to vote against. Supposedly Stern was extremely active during the vote.

    F that guy.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 10:46 am
  • WOW, Puckett just tweeted out that the Sac group consists of 35 owners! RIDICULOUS! Nice job NBA...really nice job
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 10:49 am
  • Hawkfan77 wrote:WOW, Puckett just tweeted out that the Sac group consists of 35 owners! RIDICULOUS! Nice job NBA...really nice job


    Yeah, I'm one of the owners. I just bought a 1/35th share of the Kings off eBay for a hundo.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 10:52 am
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    Hawkfan77 wrote:WOW, Puckett just tweeted out that the Sac group consists of 35 owners! RIDICULOUS! Nice job NBA...really nice job


    Yeah, I'm one of the owners. I just bought a 1/35th share of the Kings off eBay for a hundo.

    A hundo? I bet Vivek and KJ sat at their computers clicking away to up the bid to get it that high
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 10:59 am
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    CANHawk wrote:
    Hawkfan77 wrote:WOW, Puckett just tweeted out that the Sac group consists of 35 owners! RIDICULOUS! Nice job NBA...really nice job


    Yeah, I'm one of the owners. I just bought a 1/35th share of the Kings off eBay for a hundo.

    A hundo? I bet Vivek and KJ sat at their computers clicking away to up the bid to get it that high


    Yeah, it's worth it though. I'm in the club now, so I'm going to buy the Lakers and move them to Vancouver in a few years... :th2thumbs:
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 11:16 am
  • Didn't Schultz's group have 20 something owners?
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 12:38 pm
  • Throwdown wrote:Didn't Schultz's group have 20 something owners?


    And look how well that turned out...
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 1:16 pm
  • Not all their fault the head figure of the ownership group was a spineless bitch.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 1:22 pm
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    RT @ChrisMannixSI Sources also say that hedge fund manager Chris Hansen will not file any lawsuits in relation 2 the Kings/Seattle situation

    League sources say owners offered to pay Hansen-Ballmer group the $30 million non-refundable deposit they paid the Maloofs. They declined

    As of late last night, I was told the Sea group was still "bargaining" with NBA. For what I don't know Could explain last tweets from Mannix

    from Softy's twitter

    Hope this bargaining leads to an expansion in the next few years


    Expansion is the last thing the NBA needs
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 1:47 pm
  • No reason not to expand the league, Ved has stated and I have that the world is more into Basketball then ever before, it's not just an Americans game now and their is talent to be had not just withing our borders but the world. You can't tell me that adding two teams will delute that pool when you have argueably more talent then teams now compared to the 70's / 80/s / 90's. If your arguement is that we may not have enough Kobe's or La Brons or Durants thats weak since those player types are and always have been rare. As I stated in another thread, a good team can beat a group of guys that play one on one any day if they work together and play defense.

    Yes thats an old school thought, but the Grizz are doing pretty well with it, Nate McMillian did well with it his time here in Seattle as a coach till he got the rug pulled from under him. It takes a good front office and coach to put that style of team together also. Celtics used that philosophy for years after Russell retired. They became legendary because of team work and playing together and busting their tales every night.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 3:28 pm
  • chris98251 wrote:No reason not to expand the league, Ved has stated and I have that the world is more into Basketball then ever before, it's not just an Americans game now and their is talent to be had not just withing our borders but the world. You can't tell me that adding two teams will delute that pool when you have argueably more talent then teams now compared to the 70's / 80/s / 90's. If your arguement is that we may not have enough Kobe's or La Brons or Durants thats weak since those player types are and always have been rare. As I stated in another thread, a good team can beat a group of guys that play one on one any day if they work together and play defense.

    Yes thats an old school thought, but the Grizz are doing pretty well with it, Nate McMillian did well with it his time here in Seattle as a coach till he got the rug pulled from under him. It takes a good front office and coach to put that style of team together also. Celtics used that philosophy for years after Russell retired. They became legendary because of team work and playing together and busting their tales every night.


    Team basketball? Coaches who actually make schemes and gameplans? What an odd concept...
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 5:06 pm
  • I know there is some pissyness with the debate here, understandable as we are all irritated by the actions of Stern and the NBA. Are we not allowed to trust Hansen and Ballmer but NOT trust the NBA???? .....because that's where I'm sitting at right now, that's why I feel not sueing is a mistake!
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 7:30 pm
  • Sports Hernia wrote:I know there is some pissyness with the debate here, understandable as we are all irritated by the actions of Stern and the NBA. Are we not allowed to trust Hansen and Ballmer but NOT trust the NBA???? .....because that's where I'm sitting at right now, that's why I feel not sueing is a mistake!


    Yeah, I don't know if its because I'm pissed but I feel like its just them gettin' on their knees and begging like they want us to.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Fri May 17, 2013 11:57 pm
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    Sports Hernia wrote:I know there is some pissyness with the debate here, understandable as we are all irritated by the actions of Stern and the NBA. Are we not allowed to trust Hansen and Ballmer but NOT trust the NBA???? .....because that's where I'm sitting at right now, that's why I feel not sueing is a mistake!


    Yeah, I don't know if its because I'm pissed but I feel like its just them gettin' on their knees and begging like they want us to.


    Naw, it's just business. There's a way to play the game. There's a time to play nice and a time to go nuclear. everyone in the HBN group are successful businessmen who know how to get deals done. This group has the ultimate "good cop/bad cop" set up with Hansen and Ballmer and there is a time and a place for each. Much like we trust that John Schneider is making the right choice when he picks that guy we've never heard of, we have to trust that HBN are making the right choice to play nice at this juncture instead of scorching the countryside. I think the NBA knows that Ballmer is like a frothing rabid dog on the end of a chain, so they'd rather keep playing the nice guy act with Hansen Less they need to deal with the dog.

    This will get done. There's likely a few more layers of song and dance to go through, but it'll get done... I get the feeling that seeing Hansen out front is a good thing. If Ballmer is the one repping the group, things are going south.
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Sat May 18, 2013 9:50 am
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    DHawk wrote:
    Sports Hernia wrote:I know there is some pissyness with the debate here, understandable as we are all irritated by the actions of Stern and the NBA. Are we not allowed to trust Hansen and Ballmer but NOT trust the NBA???? .....because that's where I'm sitting at right now, that's why I feel not sueing is a mistake!


    Yeah, I don't know if its because I'm pissed but I feel like its just them gettin' on their knees and begging like they want us to.


    Naw, it's just business. There's a way to play the game. There's a time to play nice and a time to go nuclear. everyone in the HBN group are successful businessmen who know how to get deals done. This group has the ultimate "good cop/bad cop" set up with Hansen and Ballmer and there is a time and a place for each. Much like we trust that John Schneider is making the right choice when he picks that guy we've never heard of, we have to trust that HBN are making the right choice to play nice at this juncture instead of scorching the countryside. I think the NBA knows that Ballmer is like a frothing rabid dog on the end of a chain, so they'd rather keep playing the nice guy act with Hansen Less they need to deal with the dog.

    This will get done. There's likely a few more layers of song and dance to go through, but it'll get done... I get the feeling that seeing Hansen out front is a good thing. If Ballmer is the one repping the group, things are going south.

    I really hope you right, I just dont have the patience anymore!
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Re: NBA returning to Seattle?
Sat May 18, 2013 1:42 pm
  • I always thought Hansen and Ballmer had more of a good cop/Maniac Cop thing going on.

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