Despite the City Council’s rejection of Seattle entrepreneur Chris Hansen’s attempt to build a new arena in Emerald City, the Seattle SuperSonic faithful can hold on to the hope that basketball will soon return to their beloved city.
Former Sonics Spencer Haywood and Nate McMillan visited a Seattle radio show where they discussed NBA commissioner, Adam Silver’s desire for the NBA to return to Seattle. Haywood, now a filmmaker made the following comments:
“I’m on the board of directors with the retired players, we have joint meetings with the collective bargaining. Here we are, we need to do something with this stadium. We need to let it go so that we can have our team.”
“[Adam Silver] wants a team back in Seattle desperately. They want to do right by Seattle, what has happened. They want to make it right.”
McMillan, the new head coach for the Pacers, added words of encouragement:
“I would say to all the fans continue to do what you’re doing, the NBA, they recognize that. They recognize that it is a great city and I think the next team that comes available will end up in Seattle.”
“That city deserves it. It’s a great sports town.”
With Silver committed to returning basketball to a city with such an illustrious basketball culture and existing infrastructure, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and the rest of SuperSonic nation may soon get their wish.