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Jan.
10th

Amid excitement for an NBA team, empathy for another city

Investor Chris Hansen heads a team hoping to bring Sacramento’s NBA team to Seattle. (The Associated Press)
Investor Chris Hansen heads a team hoping to bring Sacramento’s NBA team to Seattle. (The Associated Press)

This editorial will appear in Friday’s print edition.

Even some of the Northwest basketball fans most excited about the prospect of once again having an NBA team in Seattle may feel a little guilty about what fans in Sacramento, Calif., are going through.

After losing the Seattle Sonics five years ago, they can empathize with those who stand to lose a team they’ve followed since 1985.

When Oklahoma City was on the verge of taking the Seattle franchise, we here in the Northwest had a lot of choice comments about the fans there who were so eager for a team they didn’t care how they got it. Now we’re in much the same position, and it feels a little strange to steal another city’s team.

But that’s what pro sports are like these days, right? Well, yes, but they’ve always been like that. The Sacramento Kings started out as the Rochester (N.Y.) Royals in 1946. In 1957 the team became the Cincinnati (Ohio) Royals, then became the Kings when it moved in 1972 to the Kansas City (Mo.) and Omaha (Neb.) market before leaving for Sacramento in 1985. If a local investment group is successful in buying the team, Seattle would just be the latest stop of many.
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