“Let Burien Chevrolet make you a great deal!” - Elise Woodward
It’s hard to put in to words how frustrating the process has been to watch Chris Hansen put his heart and soul (and wallet) out there to bring the NBA back to Seattle, only to be kicked in the stomach by David Stern.
Make no mistake, David Stern worked tirelessly to keep the NBA in Sacramento, while 5 years ago in Seattle, he was pushing the Sonics out the door.
What is the lesson?
Maybe Chris Hansen should have been sneakier. Maybe he should have lied, like Bennett. That certainly worked for Bennett and his group. After all, OKC has the NBA, and Seattle does not. But deep down, we should be proud of Hansen for not doing things the dirty way.
The anger that Sonics fans feel today is one that is made worse knowing that this is the second time that the NBA has caused Seattle fans enormous pain.
Preaching patience right now is not bringing me any comfort.
I am angry.
And then I think about what Chris Hansen and his group are possibly feeling right now. You think YOU feel horrible? What about the man that has invested $100 million in land, has given the Malooofs $30 million as a deposit, and has spent an outrageous amount of time and effort appeasing the NBA and Seattle politicians, only to be left with nothing.
That’s why it’s crucial that Chris Hansen issues some kind of a statement. He has been the conductor of this NBA train to Seattle, and I am afraid that train is going to crash and burn and never get here without a major pep talk from Chris Hansen.
We have felt this pain before, but rallied when Chris Hansen asked us to. He has done everything possible to get the NBA here. And the fans have too.
And if Hansen asks me to be patient, and to continue to support him and his plan to get the NBA back, I will do so.
Today was not the day. But maybe that day is coming soon. I will not abandon Chris Hansen right now. As much as this burns me to my core, I will not let my anger overcome the goal when this thing started.
Seattle deserves a basketball team, and a world class arena. And Chris Hansen is the guy that can make it happen.