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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM

No NBA for Seattle

Stern’s retirement could bring NBA back
Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, at front center, a former NBA basketball player, walks out during a break from an NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas on Wednesday. The board voted 22-8 against a proposed relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. (Tony Gutierrez / The Associated Press)

Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson, at front center, a former NBA basketball player, walks out during a break from an NBA Board of Governors meeting in Dallas on Wednesday. The board voted 22-8 against a proposed relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. (Tony Gutierrez / The Associated Press)

“This is going to be short for me. I have a game to in Oklahoma City,” David Stern told reporters on Wednesday [“A Stern burn,” Sports, May 16].

Ouch. David Stern, or anyone else for that matter, deserves the benefit of doubt when a hurtful statement like that is made, which could be determined as a simple faux pas and dismissed as unintentional. But now enough time has passed that the lack of some sort of response or apology to that statement is just as classless as intending to make the statement for spiteful reasons to begin with. It further proves that Stern is the smug, petty, childlike, grudge-holding person that Seattle sports fans have learned to dislike.
With Stern’s impending retirement, the NBA will have restored some of its dignity and Seattle’s chances of getting a team will be greatly enhanced.
Joe Fleming, Lake Stevens

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