Stern Slams Seattle
"David Stern gave another warning that the SuperSonics could eventually leave Seattle, saying Thursday that the city is, "not interested in having the NBA there."
The NBA commissioner also touched on the situations regarding the Trail Blazers and the Hornets during a conference call, but his strongest words were saved for the Sonics’ future in Seattle.
Stern has said the Sonics’ lease with the city is the worst in the NBA, and he went to Seattle in February to ask Washington state lawmakers for tax money to renovate Key Arena.
Sonics owner Howard Schultz, the chairman of Starbucks Corp., has threatened to move or sell the team if state lawmakers don’t approve a sales-tax package to pay for a new or renovated arena. State lawmakers last month said there would be no deal this year.
"I would say that the city is making it pretty clear of what they want us to do, and we’ll accommodate them," Stern said. "