By Sports Radio KJR Staff
On Thursday's show, NBA legal analyst for Sports Illustrated and NBA TV, joined Ian Furness and Jason Puckett to discuss yesterday's meeting with groups from Seattle and Sacramento in New York City with the NBA Board of Governors about the future of the Kings.
One of the major issues, according to McCann that developed yesterday is that the league wants to be on the same page when it comes to making a huge and impactful decsion like this, and according to the comments that were revealed yesterday, it's not yet a consensus.
And it's clear, in listening to McCann that NBA Commissioner David Stern wants to have a majority vote or at least a united front on this matter.
"(Stern) Doesn't want to put it to a vote if it's a close call," McCann said.
McCann cited that the offer in Sacramento is a "great, great value effort" and said the decision will be one of the most difficult the league has ever made.
However, it's not all doom and gloom for Seattle in their quest to have the NBA return. One main point that McCann pointed out was that the Hansen/Ballmer group have an agreement to purchase the franchise from the Maloof brothers.
"A contract between Hansen and the Maloof's is a big deal," said McCann.
The reason being why it's a big deal is because there is no assurance that the Maloof's will sale to the local group in Sacramento, there is only hope that they will. The NBA can not force the Maloof's to sell to the group led by Mark Mastrov.
So, obvioulsy there will be a winner and a loser in this case, would the league ever consider expansion?
McCann says the main reason the league would probably not like to expand would because the talent level would be diluted.
One chip that many people cling to is the $30 million dollar down deposit that the Hansen group delivered to the Maloof's. McCann said that gesture was made to ensure that the Maloof's would negotiate in good faith. The question was posed to McCann: if the league decides against Seattle, would the Hansen group turn around and sue the NBA?
"I don't think Hansen and Ballmer would sue the NBA. If you did so, you would never get the NBA back," McCann said.
One last note, the NBA Board of Governors will cast two separate votes, one for the sale and one for relocation. McCann said the league would never approve the sale and not approve the relocation.
Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Talks Philosophy
Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn stopped by and paid the guys a visit to talk about the upcoming season and his thoughts on bringing more pressure this season.
Quinn worked with the Seahawks before leaving to join the Florida Gators. He brings with him a similar style to what the Seahawks are already operating with.
"I think you will see a lot of similarities in terms of the approach," Quinn said.
Quinn noted that they won't be blitzing on every down, but they do have the personnel to be more agressive in their approach, but it's clear in listening to him that the approach will be the one that his favored by Pete Carroll and that's primarily sending four pass rushers.
The Seahawks added a number of players in the offseason, primarily on the defensive line. One of the players that Quinn talked about was former Detroit Lion Cliff Avrill. Quinn said his biggest strength is that he is so fast off the edge and puts so much stress on an offense with his overall speed from the outside.
When the Seahawks signed Avrill, he joined Softy on his show and said that he could play outside linebacker if the team asked. Avrill has never played that position in the NFL, but did play a little in college at Purdue.
Quinn was asked on Thursday if playing Avrill at that spot could be a possibility and his answer was quick and direct.
"Something to be determined." So, Quinn did not shoot down the idea and certainly left open the possibility that you may see Avrill in that role this season.