First, I’m hoping the sale of the Sacramento Kings to Chris Hansen’s group and their relocation to Seattle goes through, and that the team will open the 2013-14 season in KeyArena before moving to the new Sodo facility.
I’ve been an NBA fan for as long as I can remember, from a little kid pretending to be Jerry West while shooting hoops outside on Naches Heights to the elation over learning that the league was going to expand into Seattle for the 1967-68 season to having the privilege of covering the Sonics in the NBA Finals in 1978, 1979 and 1996.
It’s true that Sacramento’s fans don’t deserve to lose their team. But neither did Seattle’s, and at least Hansen has clearly made his intentions of moving the team known, unlike slimeball extraordinaire Clay Bennett.
Sadly, for Sonics fans five years ago, and apparently for Kings fans now, pro basketball is first and foremost a business. And Sacramento has been wrestling ineffectively with the same arena dilemma Seattle did.
So here’s to Chris Hansen, and also (I hope) to coach Keith Smart and to the Kings players from DeMarcus Cousins to Jimmer Fredette.
And I will continue to eagerly await the rebirth of the Seattle SuperSonics.
Next, quick updates on Lewis-Clark State’s men and Boise State’s men and women’s teams, each of which has coaching connections to Yakima.
L-C State, coached by former Yakima Valley and Central Washington Standout Brandon Rinta, recently absorbed a 64-59 loss at the University of Great Falls before rebounding for a 79-65 victory at 13th-ranked Montana State-Northern.
At 19-2 overall and 5-2 in the Frontier Conference, the Warriors are ranked fourth in this week’s NAIA national poll.
Leon Rice, who along with Dean Nicholson coached Rinta at YVCC, is 13-4 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West Conference play with Boise State’s men. The Broncos lost at home to New Mexico and at Air Force, though they were without 3-point marksman Jeff Elorriaga due to a concussion.
BSU’s women with former Yaks head man Cody Butler serving as an assistant to head coach Gordy Presnell, are 9-7 overall and 2-1 in the conference.