In his first live interview since the NBA decided to keep the Kings in Sacramento, Chris Hansen graced the studio at Sports Radio KJR to give us an update on his life since the decision and recap the Kings/Sonics Saga. Surprisingly, Chris Hansen found it uncomfortable to be in the battle with Sacramento. Unlike Clay Bennett, Hansen doesn’t want to be seen as a “predator” by other NBA cities, trying to steal their team away and bring it to Seattle. When the Sacramento deal was made, Hansen was under the impression that Sacramento had given up and that the team would for sure be relocating. David Stern had yet to advocate for Sacramento since no matter had been made by the city. If Hansen is to make a deal in the future, he said that it will only be if it is a for sure thing. Fans can look forward to the fact there will be no future battle if Hansen is in the picture in bringing the NBA back to Seattle. Although the decision was not what we were looking for, Hansen believes many positives came out of the meetings in Dallas. Hansen believes that the Seattle group made a great impression to the NBA as well as the owners. Hansen believes that raising the bid and staying in the fight didn’t leave any bad taste in the mouth of the NBA and its owners. It’s undeniable that Seattle is one of the best markets in the country and the Seattle fan support is strong, and Hansen knows that the NBA owners are taking notice.
Now that the deal is done, Chris Hansen wants to do what’s right for the NBA and the city of Sacramento. Many fans have expressed that they want the Seattle group to take legal action against the NBA. Don’t expect to see Chris Hansen taking the NBA to court anytime soon. Hansen thinks taking legal action isn’t the best route to getting a team back and that getting in a legal battle wont getting anything done and will be a waste of energy. Chris also hopes that he will not have to buy the 7% ownership of the Kings that was in bankruptcy. As far of the 30 million dollar deposit being returned, Hansen confirmed that the report saying he didn’t want the deposit was completely false. Chris hopes that the deposit will be returned by either the Maloofs or the NBA. As far as the ownership group, Hansen expects that the same group of Hansen, Steve Ballmer, Eric and Pete Nordstrom, and Wally Walker will be the group that ends up bringing the NBA back to Seattle.
Many Sonics fans are wondering what they need to do to bring an NBA team back to Seattle. Hansen offered these words of advice to Sonics fans saying, “If you want the Sonics back it's probably a good time to get over the anger and frustration,” and “People need to get the bad taste out of their mouth.” Hansen wants Sonics fans to stay calm and take away their resentment against the NBA. Sonics fans have much to look forward to. Hansen’s relationship with future NBA commissioner Adam Silver is strong and Silver has expressed that the Seattle market is strong and in the running for an NBA team, whether through expansion or relocation. Phil Jackson was in serious talks with Hansen until the deal fell through, but when the team does come back, we could see Jackson in the front office. When asked if he was in this for the long haul, Hansen told Softy, “Yeah, absolutely.” So stay strong Sonics fans, and remember that Chris Hansen will bring an NBA franchise back to the beautiful city of Seattle.
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