A couple of months ago, basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen was on stage on the Clubhouse in the NBA Courtside room. During his appearance, he was asked by Girls Talk Sports TV founder Khristina Williams if Allen had any interest in owning a Seattle Sonics piece. Allen played for the franchise for five seasons.
“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.”
“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.”
His former teammate with the Boston Celtics, Kevin Garnett, has also experience interest in purchasing the Minnesota Timberwolves. Garnett was a part of an ownership group. However, last month, Garnett announced that he and his group were no longer in the running to purchased the team, according to CBS Sports.
“Sooo, just got the news that this process in trying to acquire the TWOLVES IS OVER for me n my group,” Garnett wrote. “Thx Glen for being yourself n what I Kno you to be!!
“Good Luck n aww the best with WHAT WE BUILT.”
Over the weekend, it was announced that Alex Rodriguez and his partners had the winning bid, according to CBS. Kevin Garnett also shared that he would like to be part of a group that brings back the Seattle Sonics or a group that purchases a Las Vegas team.
On Monday, the Philadephia 76ers played the Dallas Mavericks. Before the game, Doc Rivers shared his thoughts about his former players’ interest in ownership.
“I hope Ray Allen & Kevin Garnett are a part of same ownership,” said Doc Rivers.
“I’m very happy to hear that. Obviously you have to be with the right ownership group to make it work. So, I hope that happens.”
Rivers coached Garnett and Allen from 2007 to 2012 with the Boston Celtics, and won a NBA championship in 2008.