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May 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times readers weigh in

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NBA

Same people, same sad result

David Stern is still the commissioner. Clay Bennett is head of the relocation committee. Any more questions Sonic fans?

Jerry Brewer wrote, “the NBA is a liar’s game, full of hypocrites, improper alliances.” Did we expect a different result while dealing with the same people? Alas, no.

– Gordon Wright, Snohomish

When 41 is less than 28

NBA Commissioner David Stern’s recent comment on keeping the Kings in Sacramento, “there’s some benefit to a city that has supported us for so long.”

Makes sense. I get it now.  Seattle cheers its Sonics for 41 years (1967-2008) while Sacramento supports its Kings for 28 years (1985-2013).  So when you’re down 13 (years) with little time left on the clock, just make new rules.

– Terry Conover, Bothell

$15 million reasons to deny us team

I was hopeful, and still am, that the Kings would be moving up here. But we have two people working against us: The Gnome King (a.k.a. David Stern) because Olympia didn‘t say how high when he said jump and Clay (Butthead) Bennett, who seems to think everyone forgot he has $15 million reasons not want a team up here. That’s how much he owes the city if we get an NBA team here within five years. Why do you think the Gnome King put him in charge of the relocation committee in the first place?

– Don Brunner, Kent

Seahawks

What? Why? And wow

When general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll use the Seahawks’ draft picks, our expectation has become to expect the unexpected.

Our response when they used this year’s first-round pick to get 24-year-old Percy Harvin in a trade was “wow!”

Our response when they used the second-round pick to take a running back with a history of behavioral issues and serious leg injuries was “what?”

Our response when we discovered they could have taken Wisconsin running back Montee Ball instead with their original 56th pick was “What the ”  Our response when they failed to use one of the higher picks to take a linebacker to replace departed starting linebacker Leroy Hill was “why?”

And yet, given Schneider and Carroll’s history of success with their personnel decisions, our response after the Seahawks final game next season will probably be  “I knew they could do it.”

– Raymond S. Wilson, Bellevue

Giant Aussie starts new sport

Seahawks had a great draft – again. The front office and coaching staff of this team really impress me.

One pick in particular really stands out: Alabama defensive lineman Jesse Williams. Get this: 6 feet 4, 325 pounds, 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash, and can bench press 600 pounds. I can’t even get my mind around that.

Picture it: A running back gets picked up by Williams and is hurled, shot put style, back over the line for having the audacity for even thinking he could pick up a yard.

Seahawks fans will need to start bringing judge’s score cards – rating the play on a scale of 0 to 10 for style and distance on the “RB Toss.”

– Kurt Hanke, Everett

Mariners

Seattle’s short wish list

My wishes for the Mariners:

1) Get a shortstop who can hit above the Mendoza line;

2) Give us a lineup with at least one everyday player hitting over 300;

3) Get clubhouse veteran leadership from a more productive player than a 38-year-old hitting under .200;

4) Make a change at General Manager (say goodbye, Jack!);

5) Sell the franchise to Chris Hansen and Steve Balmer, since they lost out on the Kings.

– Bill Payne, Kirkland

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