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    According to a report from ESPN.com, the NBA is set to assume control of the New Orleans Hornets.


    Steve BallmerIs Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in line to take over the team?

    The report said that longtime owner George Shinn's attempt to sell the team to minority partner Gary Chouest has collapsed. The league is now working on purchasing operational control of the team, similar to the arrangement Major League Baseball had with the Montreal Expos before the team was sold and moved to Washington, D.C.

    A formal announcement on the ownership change is expected this week.

    The ESPN story quoted an unnamed source who said the league's hope is to find new ownership that will keep the team in New Orleans.

    However, the story said the league will place priority on the strength of prospective ownership, and not simply on keeping the NBA in Louisiana.

    The story cited an unnamed source who said Seattle, Kansas City and Anaheim are potential markets if the team moves.

    Ballmer created a flurry of speculation when he recently sold about $1.4 billion in Microsoft stock.

    Rumors immediately started swirling that Ballmer intended to buy the Sacramento Kings and move the team to Seattle. But Kings owner Joe Maloof shot those rumors down, saying he has "never met Mr. Ballmer, we've had no contact with him and the team is not for sale."

    If the Hornets indeed are put up for sale by the league, it will be hard to find an owner with more dedication to the league than Ballmer.

    He was a major player in the attempts to keep the Sonics in Seattle and work out a deal to renovate KeyArena or build a new arena. His efforts, of course, failed, but he has always been a vocal proponent of the NBA in Seattle.

    Maybe now it will become apparent what Ballmer intends to do with all that cash.
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    with a new owner he may be able to pay a good amount for a new arena

    the hornets have a better chance of moving to seattle than the kings

    the kings have gotten so many offers from las vegas owners that that's where they will probably go

    if the hornets do move to seattle then the divisions are completely screwed up

    seattle is definitly not in the southwest so the hornets will have to move into the northwest division and the thunder will have to move into the southwest division
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    Default Re: either hornets or kings relocating to seattle?

    I can see the hornets going to Seattle. Not the kings though. If they go anywhere the maloofs Will take them to Vegas.

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    Oh, I hope they got to Seattle.

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    i hope and im pretty sure the nba would put the hornets in the northwest and the thunder in the southwest

    its not a big deal for them to do that

    i also think whoever may buy the hornets (which looks to be steve ballmer) will change the name to something that suites seattle
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    Default Re: either hornets or kings relocating to seattle?

    Anaheim was mentioned... Why in the world would the NBA need yet another So. Cal team?

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    i also think whoever may buy the hornets (which looks to be steve ballmer) will change the name to something that suites seattle
    The lease settlement on the Sonics leaving Seattle included that the "SuperSonics" name remain in Seattle's care, but team records, trophies & anything relating to the franchise other than the name was purchased by Clay Bennet and the OKC ownership group.

    Honestly, the only reason Louisiana has an NBA franchise was because George Shinn was run out of Charlotte on a rail and he needed somewhere/anywhere to land quickly.
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    i just read that the hornets are on life support

    thats not good the team may possibly fold

    shortly im sure the nba would expand a new team to get it back to 30 teams or they wont fold at all
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    Default Re: either hornets or kings relocating to seattle?

    Seattle needs a team, they have a good fan base.
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    Anaheim was mentioned... Why in the world would the NBA need yet another So. Cal team?
    You can never have too many apathetic fans!

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    You can never have too many apathetic fans!
    Honestly, I'm not going to dog So. Cal fans anymore after, "Fan Up, Miami"!
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    Honestly, I'm not going to dog So. Cal fans anymore after, "Fan Up, Miami"!
    The beach breeds mellow fans I guess.

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    Seattle was always my second favorite team.

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    hearing that chant just makes you feel so upset for the seattle fans who loved the sonics

    i remember when i heard that i was very sad and felt bad for those fans

    they seemed to love the sonics/basketball more than they loved the seahawks and mariners

    the most important part that didnt keep the sonics in seattle was the fact that they had no support from the city or any kind of desire to keep them there

    do them a favor and bring the hornets to seattle
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    Seattle deserves a team again! I never liked that the team left in the first place. It's great that Seattle gets to keep the Sonics name. It would be sad thoug if NO loses the Hornets though. It seems the team means a lot to the city.
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    I am 60 miles south of Seattle (this would be anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours depending on traffic). We already avoid purchasing anything in King County because of the high sales tax rate established to purchase other stadiums. Another team within 150 miles of my location means more Pacers games that will be blacked out on league pass.

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    Having another team in Seattle would be great at least then i could travel to Portland An Seattle to watch the pacers play!

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    I'm all for a new iteration of the Sonics franchise. If NO is struggling that badly then there should be no question.

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    For the love of God please move someone back into the Seattle market, what happened to those poor fans is just about the worst thing that has happened to any fan base. Even worse than "The Decision"...Not only did they lose one of the top players in the league, they lost their team...

    However, no one's going to be shocked when Chris Paul conveniently leaves the NBA owned New Orleans Hornets for the New York Knicks and then the Hornets are conveniently shut down for good right?

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    Three cheers for Seattle. They put their foot down and sent the NBA packing and now
    they will get a team back and not have to pay for a new stadium most likely.
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    For the love of God please move someone back into the Seattle market, what happened to those poor fans is just about the worst thing that has happened to any fan base. Even worse than "The Decision"...Not only did they lose one of the top players in the league, they lost their team...

    However, no one's going to be shocked when Chris Paul conveniently leaves the NBA owned New Orleans Hornets for the New York Knicks and then the Hornets are conveniently shut down for good right?
    If Paul stays with that franchise, and IF they move to Seattle, I would consider that a win-win for that city. At least they get a "superstar" talent.

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    My opinion is that you will see Stern try to snap up one more franchise before this season is out and have it under NBA ownership.

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    My opinion is that you will see Stern try to snap up one more franchise before this season is out and have it under NBA ownership.
    Who would you think it would be?

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    Who would you think it would be?
    Dunno right now. Grizzlies?

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    Dunno right now. Grizzlies?
    That was the first team that came to mind. However, I don't know what kind of financial situation they're in.

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