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April 26, 2007 at 1:12 PM

Mr. Storm

Jack Rodgers, a former Sonics and Storm part owner under the Howard Schultz group, attended Storm practice today. He chatted with coach Anne Donovan and former Sonics general manager Rick Sund before introducing himself to rookie Katie Gearlds and Shelley Patterson, the team’s new assistant coach, and catching up with the old faces.
Rodgers said that while he’s honored people are looking for him to save the Storm by purchasing the team from Clay Bennett, “there are no plans.” He’s had a couple of conversations with Bennett, but they were only in regards to Bennett keeping the team in Seattle, according to Rodgers.
“I’m pulling for Clay that he can get things done,” Rodgers said. “I’m keeping my fingers crossed.”
It doesn’t look good, however. Bennett’s group does not have the rights to property in Renton it had said it was close to purchasing and many believe his projected $500 million arena design was doomed from the start.
A half a billion to build a basketball playground while traffic snarls and the school system deteriorates? No way. Even though people close to the talks said it’s like comparing apples to oranges as far as the way the money is divvied (for one, it was a proposed extension of existing taxes), it was still unrealistic expectation by the new owners considering the major issues people in King County would like to see resolved first.

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