In 2008, one of the NBA’s most storied franchises found itself without a home. The Seattle Supersonics were uprooted and sent down the road to Oklahoma City, where they became the Oklahoma City Thunder and picked up Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. Seattle, which had a team since 1967 and has a history of success, was left without a franchise despite supporting their team throughout the move rumors. Well, Seattle’s faith and hope are going to be rewarded. The Sacramento Kings are going to become the new Seattle Supersonics.
The Kings’ owners, the Maloof Family, have sold their team to billionaire Chris Hansen, who is going to move the team to Seattle as soon as he can fine for permission on March 1. The NBA, David Stern, and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson have all been trying to keep the Kings in Sacramento, but their entreaties fell on deaf ears. However, the deal still has to be approved by the NBA itself, and Kevin Johnson is threatening to make a direct appeal to the league, according to David Stern.
“The Mayor of Sacramento has asked me, ‘Well, if this comes to pass because we’ve been reading it in the newspapers — and he knows that anything he reads in the newspapers is likely to be accurate — could I come in and address the board of governors or the relocation committee?’” said Stern. “And I said, ‘Always.’ … Communities have supported us, and many that haven’t, but Sacramento has been particularly supportive (and) are always welcome to present. The mayor has been in before (in April of 2011 during the Anaheim chapter). That’s it, other than the speculation of what’s going on.”
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