Check out our note in the Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2003139239_whatsaid20.html
There is little loyalty for cities in the NBA for franchises with [David] Stern as the commish. Look at the San Diego Clippers, New Orleans Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, Vancouver Grizzlies. Unlike the NFL, which put the kibosh on the Hawks moving, I don't see the same happening with the Sonics. The NBA figures that Seattle fans will just latch onto the Blazers and we'll become the Northwest NBA franchise, similar to how Idaho, Montana and Oregon have a good deal of Hawks fans.
The writing is on the wall...even if the city council comes up with a master plan, the team is gone and has 100 percent affirmation from Stern to do so.
- James Linden,