To state the obvious, this could be the most significant week in Seattle sports history since the first week of July 2008. This week is bigger than any one game could ever be, even a Super Bowl. It is bigger than any series, including a World Series. The bigger picture will have a greater impact than any one recruiting class or even one coaching change could ever produce.
For 41 years, the NBA was a staple of Seattle Sports. It took the final two calendar years, from the summer of 2006 to the summer of 2008 for the divorce to be finalized. Now, what we could only dream about when the moving vans left for Oklahoma City is on the verge of being reality. The NBA, our first true sports love in Seattle, could be coming back home.
As we get ready for a great roller coaster of a ride this week, there will be great speculation on what will happen in New York. Of course, there is no guarantee that there will be a final resolution, although it does seem likely that the NBA will not want to extend this battle any longer. As such, there will be great speculation, predictions, “leaks” and other rumors and reports that we will jump all over. I would love to tell you that the most prudent thing is to not knee jerk to anything we hear. That would be easy to do if we were not on live radio. Instead, I will promise that we will indeed jump all over everything we hear and react, celebrate, mourn and dissect. That is what we do. Some in the market have largely ignored the story. For us, it is a passion and we will see it to the end.
The other thing that will happen is the great guessing game. Since there has never been a situation like this one, there is no blueprint. So when anyone says they definitively know what will happen, they are lying. But we can speculate. We can guess.
Everywhere I went last weekend, this topic was something people wanted to discuss. It is also something that I have wanted to discuss with a number of people in the NBA I have developed relationships with who either work for a team, or cover a team that over the last 20 years I have covered the league.
So with all of that said, I don’t truly know anything. I would say the following are educated guesses, and nothing else. But there is some education because it comes from piecing together information from a number of people.
But in my mind, after talking with some great contacts around the NBA the past few months, there are a few possible scenarios that could take place this week. I will share my scenarios, or educated guesses tomorrow here on the webpage and we can discuss on the eve of the NBA committee meetings.
And a reminder, Jason Puckett will be in New York starting Wednesday covering THE story.