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May 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Seattle Times sports readers sound off


NBA Kings

Is Seattle blackballed by the NBA?

I think Seattle is shamefully being blackballed by the NBA, which denied them a team by turning down the relocation of the troubled Sacramento Kings to Seattle. Though Seattle hasn’t had a team since its owners moved it to Oklahoma City in 2008, Seattle has a proven track record, supporting an NBA team for 41 years.

In its long and storied history, it was home to such stars as Lenny Wilkens, Gus Williams, Ray Allen, Spencer Haywood, Gary Payton, Jack Sikma, Freddie Brown and Shawn Kemp.

Seattle truly deserves to be in the NBA.

– Kenneth L. Zimmerman, Huntington Beach, Calif.

Stern did the right thing

Apparently there are a lot of Sonics fans in the Seattle area who have forgotten how it felt to lose their team to Oklahoma City in 2008. They would have liked to do that same thing to the Sacramento Kings’ fans.

How they could justify something they condemned just a couple of years ago is something to wonder about. David Stern did the right thing in keeping the Kings in Sacramento.

– Ed Anderson, Kirkland

Don’t forget about the Maloofs

A recent online poll left out a possible choice for whom to “blame” on the NBA not being in Seattle – the Maloofs. I think you might see different numbers if you included them.

If the Maloofs had given Sacramento a proper shot at buying the team, they could very well be on their way north. There is no guarantee Sacramento would have been able to satisfy an offer then, and the Maloofs would in essence have been granted permission to seek a buyer and flee Sacramento.

Blame the Maloofs, don’t blame a guy who didn’t want to lose the only pro sports team in his hometown. The people of Sacramento were about to have their hearts ripped out without getting a chance to keep their team.

– Vincent Montoya, Roseville, Calif.


Give better coverage to team we have

What do the Mariners have to do to get their news above the fold on the Sports page? You already gave the NBA decision front-page headline news on A1. I would think a grand slam and a total rout of the Yankees deserved top of the page placement for the Mariners in the Sports section. It would seem more balanced to give the local major league team we already have some real credit when they do well, instead of belaboring a failure of a team we don’t yet have and may never have.

– Karen Alliston, Auburn

 Owners could learn from Hansen

If the Mariners only had an ownership group as passionate and dedicated to sports success as Chris Hansen and his group have been for NBA basketball, the Mariners would be making the playoffs every year, and even winning World Series.

Instead, we have a majority owner who has never seen a game in person, doesn’t care how the team is run into the ground, and doesn’t care about the community that wants to support them.

Don’t care wins, passionate loses.  Go figure.

– Fred Riler, Issaquah

Still within striking distance

With the season a quarter over, the Mariners are within striking distance of Texas in the American League West. Can someone make a great play to rob a hit and stop momentum about to happen? Can someone come up with a key hit to create momentum? The answer to both is yes!

– Stuart Vaughn Myers, Tacoma

Have some patience, please

The good ship Mariner seems to have righted itself.  Which is all well and good, but when will I and most of the rest of you finally get it down that the baseball season is a marathon and different from any other sporting season?

When we were 8-15 a long month back, everyone was throwing in the towel.  Why didn’t we remember that 23 games constitutes the equivalent of two games in an NFL season?

Now, if the Rangers could just lose a few, this could really get interesting.

– Lew Witham, Seattle

Coming up short at shortstop

I am tired of watching Mariners shortstops strike out or pop up in key situations with men in scoring position. We continue to play Brendan Ryan, who was hitting .149 through Thursday, and/or Robert Andino, who was batting .167.

What about our two shortstops in Class AAA Tacoma, Nick Franklin (batting .330) and Carlos Triunfel (.308). How many more games do the Mariners have to lose because of the weak hitting of their shortstops before they call up one or both of these Tacoma players?

– James Lowndes, Renton

Peyton Siva

Backhanded kudos from Louisville fan

Regarding Mr. Whiteley’s expression of gratitude to Seattle for Peyton Siva (“Seattle product a total class act,” Backtalk, May 12) choosing to play basketball at Louisville  instead of – oh, I don’t know, Washington – one has to wonder if he’s having a little fun at Seattle’s expense.

If he doesn’t understand the way his thank could be taken, imagine his response to being thanked because his ex-girlfriend’s a really good kisser.

– Dan Parsons, Bellingham

Marv Harshman

Marvelous story by Bud Withers

Thanks to reporter Bud Withers for sharing his stories about the late, great, Marv Harshman. Withers captured every aspect of this old-fashioned, humble gentleman. Marv truly lived up to his famous three “R’s” – Respect, Responsibility and Readiness, well into his 90s.

It was a pleasure to have been friends with Marv and his beloved wife, Dorothy, and to know his sons David and Michael, who perfected Marv’s memorial celebration on the Marv Harshman Court.

And now, we just hope some of the Harshman philosophy and standard will rub off on the rest of us.

Thanks for the thoughtful reporting on a legend!

– Suzanne G. Beyer, Bothell

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