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January 29, 2013
Rise & Opine: How the Seattle media is covering the Kings saga

Seattle, a diverse and sophisticated city, is reacting with a mix of opinions to news that the the city may revive the Supersonics by stealing the Sacramento Kings:

-- Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times notes how the Kings, throughout the team's history, have been the most transient team in the NBA. His lead?

"Here We Stay" goes the chant of Kings fans hoping the team remains in Sacramento. "There They Go," though, more accurately describes the history of the franchise that might soon call Seattle home.

-- The Editorial Board of the Seattle Times, meanwhile, is remarkably restrained, noting the potential challenges of developing a new arena for an NBA team. (Sound familiar?)

-- Peter Callaghan of the Tacoma News Tribune also seeks to calm down the "Supersonics" hoopla.

Painting the pending purchase as a return of the Sonics is not only inaccurate, but might just be a mechanism to hide the guilt that more than a few might have. The Sonics aren't returning, at least not until the Oklahoma City Thunder comes to town as an opponent. Instead, the Sacramento Kings - a team with its own history - will be removed from the California state capital and renamed the Sonics.

-- Art Thiel, co-founder of and a former sports columnist for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, writes in Crosscut that Seattle is grabbing an NBA team the dirty way, but Sacramento did the same when they grabbed the Kings from Kansas City.

-- Lenny Wilkins, former Supersonics player and coach, says it is "great news" that Seattle may again have a pro ball team. He doesn't have anything to say about Sacramento, even though his teams played there many a time.

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