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May 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

NBA-less in Seattle: Who’s responsible for our predicament?

A day after Seattle’s hopes for landing the Kings effectively disappeared, let’s take a step back and ask ourselves not only what happened, but who’s responsible.  In other words, who do you blame for Seattle not having an NBA team?

Actually, blame may not be the right word. One of the leading candidates, Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, did nothing wrong, really, beyond a near super-human effort to rally forces and keep his city from losing it’s only major professional franchise. Still, KJ might get my vote.

But how about David Stern? The NBA commissioner, already highly unpopular in Seattle because the Sonics left for Oklahoma City on his watch, did nothing to change Sonics fans’ opinion with his performance at the Wednesday news conference. He started with a jab, intended or not (I think it was), at Seattle by saying he had to hurry because he “had a game to get to in Oklahoma City.” Many are convinced that he worked behind the scenes to make sure the Kings didn’t end up in Seattle.

Yet there are plenty of others Seattle sports fans can blame for not having an NBA team.

Don’t forget Clay Bennett, the guy who bought the Sonics and moved them to Oklahoma City. In the ultimate irony, he also was the head of the NBA Relocation Committee that voted unanimously to not allow the Kings to relocate to Seattle.

And there’s Howard Schultz, the Starbucks CEO who sold the Sonics to out-of-towner Bennett in the first place.

And there’s Greg Nickels, the former Seattle mayor. Unfairly or not, many blame him for not trying to stop the move.

What do you think? My vote goes to KJ, with Stern a close second. But strong cases can be made for all of the others.

Take our poll and give us your vote.

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