Seattle Sonics fans hold Stern responsible for NBA woes

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 8:16 PM

The stinging NBA decision to keep the Kings in Sacramento has left a very sour taste in Seattle.

A lot of anger is being directed at Commissioner David Stern. How angry is Seattle with David Stern?  And, is there enough blame to go around?

Perhaps it was the salt in the wound.  On Wednesday, the first words out of Stern's mouth were, "This is going to be short for me. I have a game to get to in Oklahoma City."

Former NBA player Shawn Kemp said, "I thought it was disrespectful for the City of Seattle."

710 ESPN Sports Radio Host Brock Huard said, "Why in the world he would choose to make that his opening statement is almost dumb-founding."

Talk Show Co-Host, Danny O'Neil told KING 5, "I would say the bulk of the blame lies with Howard Schultz who decided to sell the team."

Next to blame, said O'Neil, is the 2008 city and state political leaders.

"They were unreceptive to helping build a new arena," said O’Neil.

Last of all, according to O'Neil, it's David Stern's fault.

"He did for Sacramento, this time, what people really hoped he would have done last time."
 

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