The Seattle SuperSonics have been a topic of discussion since they left in 2008 for Oklahoma City. Numerous athletes have said that they would be interested in purchasing a franchise piece whenever the NBA is ready to expand.
The latest to throw their name in the hat is Hall of Famer and two-time NBA champion Ray Allen. On Saturday night, Allen enjoyed the ABC matchup between the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets in NBA Watch Party on Clubhouse hosted by Rosalyn Gold-Onwude.
The founder of Girls Talk Sports TV, Khristina Williams, asked Allen of his interest in owning a Seattle Sonics stake.
“So, I tell people when you believe in something or when you have a goal or idea. You write it down, and then you tell your friend or tell somebody you don’t know. The reason why you do that because you can’t run away from it. Cause a lot of times, and people don’t share their goals because they are afraid if they don’t accomplish them, they are a failure,” said Allen.
“Even when you don’t accomplish them, you learned something. You have information, and then you go back to the drawing board. So, we have to give our desires and our dreams to the world to help us inspire. So, the signs tell us everything, and I have put stuff like that into the universe, like one day, I want to run a marathon, run a triathlon, I want to own an NBA team. There are small little things that push you into a direction or away from it.”
He would continue:
“I would love for Seattle to have a team, and I would love to be part of the ownership. When I left Seattle in 07, so many were disenchanted with the ownership, and the one thing that I told them was, this is something people all over the world in any city with a sports team. People were upset with the then owners, and I told them, listen, I wear Seattle on my chest, but I only wear it for a brief time. When I leave, this is your city. You always have to fight for your city, for your team, and the pride of what it is. You cannot lose a sports team in your city because it is a community resource. As an adult you have your frustrations and things that piss you off the dynamics, the politics, but we do things for the kids.
There was a high school in Seattle their jersey was stolen. So, Rashard Lewis and I made sure that we purchased new jerseys, so they had them. When you do not have that NBA team in that city, and you lose that resource. We knew about it, and we acted immediately because it helps the local kids connect with us. And that goes for any professional team in any city.”
Rashard Lewis was interviewed by Fanatics View and shared why players need to own NBA franchises.
“I think it is important for guys not only to play the game, but in the future to become owners because it not only helps the community. We always give back to the community; it also helps not only our race, but it helps everybody,” said Lewis.
In the past, Dallas Mavericks Governor Mark Cuban has shared that Seattle is at the top of the list to get a team once the league is ready to expand. Clippers Governor and Seattle native Steve Ballmer echoed Cuban’s stance.
“If an expansion were to happen, Seattle would be up at the top of the list. I certainly haven’t participated in any in-depth discussions at this point. I can’t tell you the timing, but I read the commissioner’s remarks at the same time the rest of you did,” said Baller.
Cuban also recently shared that the NBA is losing out on corporate sponsors by not being in Seattle.
“A lot of corporate sponsorship and a lot of great fans,” said Cuban.
“Many people miss the NBA, so we are missing a lot by not being there. Oklahoma City has been a great market; I can’t take anything from them. And I am not saying anything that I have not already said before, but I think there is a future where Seattle has a team. I don’t know when.”
Earlier this month, Warriors coach Steve Kerr, revealed not having the Sonics in Seattle. Was like the Warriors not being in Oakland or the Bay Area.
“To me, it is like not having the Warriors in Oakland or the Bay Area. To me, those two franchises were like mirror images for a long time,” said Kerr.
He would later say that he thought it was a travesty when the Sonics left for Oklahoma City. However, he revealed that he hoped the NBA would return to Seattle at some point.
Seattle just recently built Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center to house the new hockey team the Seattle Kraken. The Arena is also equipped to host a basketball team as well. However, the only concern is parking around the arena complex. Something that the owners of the arena will have to figure out.