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(SeattlePI)   With his retirement fast approaching, David Stern can't resist giving one final "fark you" to the city of Seattle   ( blog.seattlepi.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Seattle, Adam Silver, Memphis Grizzlies, deputy commissioner, Seattle SuperSonics, Safeco Field, expansion team, Clay Bennett  
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3784 clicks; posted to Sports » on 26 Oct 2012 at 9:40 AM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-26 10:55:03 AM  
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grinding_journalist: someone who follows the NBA right now (and I assume you do)

I do not. Haven't for four years, probably won't even if a team relocates to Seattle (I don't want to put another city through what Seattle went through), but may well if an expansion team comes to Seattle.
2012-10-26 10:31:03 AM  
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Super Chronic: So ... what about an expansion team for Seattle?

"What I would say is, I wouldn't preclude it," Stern said.

An expansion team would be fun. I would support this. And nowadays, you can probably make an expansion team competitive very quickly -- it's every GM's dream to have minimal salary commitments and one high draft pick. (Of course, in the expansion draft the unprotected players are likely to be all unwanted contracts so you'll wind up with some unwanted salaries, but presumably enough low-salary scrubs will be available around the league that you can just take on a couple of those as luxury picks.)

An expansion team in a league where execs are talking about contraction?

An expansion team in a league where a half dozen teams (or more) lose money every year?

An expansion team in a league where there isn't enough competitive talent to fill the squads they have?

Sounds like a great idea. The NBA really needs more crappy teams.
2012-10-26 10:11:10 AM  
1 vote:
Next up the Seattle Coyotes of the NHL
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