As speculation continues over the next city that deserves an NBA franchise, if and when the league expands, there appears to be one in particular that stands out.
The Seattle SuperSonics were among the most coveted teams in sports, most notably through the 1990s, before moving to Oklahoma City in 2008. Seattle was home for several Hall of Famers – including Ray Allen during the early 2000s. Posting career averages during his four-and-a-half year run, Allen is still emotionally connected to his former team.
The two-time NBA champion recently expressed his sincere interest in having a substantial role if the franchise returns.
“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 Ray 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.”
While it is still uncertain when the NBA will decide to expand, Seattle has been atop the list of cities that would get the green light.
With the NBA’s recent impact on revenue due to COVID, the possibility of the league undergoing expansion. Seattle remains at the forefront of possible locations given their track record with the SuperSonics and completion Climate Pledge Arena.