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The Rejuvenation of the Seattle Supersonics
When Seattle lost its beloved pro basketball team in 2008 to Oklahoma City, many hearts were broken. How could a team with such a passionate fan base be exiled to a city that most fans thought didn’t even deserve a team? Well Seattle, your opportunity to shine once more has possibly arrived.
There is a potential investor from Seattle named Chris Hansen who is interested in buying the Sacramento Kings and moving the team to Seattle. This would bring back a storied franchise to a city dying for another opportunity to have an NBA team.
As a fan of this sport, you have to feel conflicted (I know I do). Yanking a franchise from one city to another may seem great for the league but in reality it creates a divide between the organization and the fan base. The Sacramento Kings have some of the most passionate and intense fans out there. If this deal does indeed go down, there will be no end to the amount of negative criticism directed toward the league.
What it really comes down to is this: two wrongs don’t make a right, and this situation is far from being right. Seattle didn’t deserve to have its team ripped from their city and neither does Sacramento. The simple solution to all of this is to just create an expansion team so Sacramento doesn’t have to lose their team. Right? Not really.
Here is the problem with creating an expansion– you would have to create two new teams just to balance out the conferences. There are currently 32 teams which means you would have to stretch to 34 just to balance it out. There are already too many bottom feeding teams in the NBA. Adding two more is not logical. Although the league has been growing in popularity, I really can’t see David Stern allowing for two more teams to be added instead of just relocating one.
In the end, it seems that one of these cities is going to be on the crap end of the stick. To be fair, I believe that Sacramento deserves a chance to keep their team. Although it seems the owners (the Maloof family) have been doing everything in their power to leave Sacramento, the city itself has done nothing but financially support the arena and the team. It would be a travesty to see this team move on to another city.
Final Thoughts: Keep fighting Sacramento.
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