Not that it's the biggest deal; the Sonics are not exactly chasing down any playoff aspirations. If anything, it helps the team's goal of losing as many games as possible down the stretch.
In any event, Chris Wilcox' right pinkie is hurt enough that both he and the team decided to shut operations down for the remaining ten games.
In other news, Gary Washburn details how Earl Watson is not into "moral victories" and misses the playoffs, David Stern also kept talking, but, well, I think you know where we stand on that sort of thing, and Art Thiel says that the city is - again - talking to the state legislature about funding the missing $75 million from the KeyArena deal, having realized that all other options are not going to play out.
Thiel quotes Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis as saying, ""The city can't do this on its own. We need a partnership with the state if we're going to [get a stadium deal done]."
Oh, and the Sonics play the Bobcats tonight at the Key.
You know, if you like watching basketball or something.
When I read Thiel's story today, I just about spit out my cereal. If the future of the Sonics in Seattle hinges on the state legislature coughing up $75 million, then there is no future of the Sonics in Seattle.
I admire the heck out of Tim Ceis and Greg Nickels for all they've done to keep the team here, but it sure seems from reading that article that the city is in full CYA mode. They don't want to catch the heat if the team leaves, so they're pointing the finger at the state. It really sucks that the NBA is forcing a city with a 40-year history to prostitute itself like this.
The City is trying to pressure the state even more. I think this is all part of the game and at the end of the day no one involved is going to let the Sonics Franchise walk without a team in return. Don't let yourself judge the outcome by what happens today or yesterday. Each day will bring new directions and different parts to the whole game. The City feels in control and they are playing it well. Let them work and don't read to much into anything at this point. Ceis is a good man who is very involved in this and he is not going to lose this now and look bad.
agree with Sonics Man. I think about 90% of the stuff we read in the newspapers is for the benefit of the opposing side - and that goes for Stern as well as the City as well as Clay Bennett. It's all posturing. This team is not gone until it is gone, IMO.
I love your comment a the end HAHA
I'm more pessimistic, sonicsman. I really get the feeling this thing is going to fall apart and we're going to have to wait to steal another city's team. How hypocritical will Seattle look in the ideas of the rest of the country if that comes to pass?
it sure seems from reading that article that the city is in full CYA mode. They don't want to catch the heat if the team leaves, so they're pointing the finger at the state.
Yep, point the finger at Gregoire then they'll say they had no choice when they accept the buyout without a promise of a future team.
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