Multiple news outlets are reporting that the sale of the Sacramento Kings is all but complete, as an ownership group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is purchasing the team for a reported $340 million with the intention of relocating the Kings to Seattle for the 2013 season.
The franchise is expected to adopt the SuperSonics nickname, which was left behind when the city’s original NBA franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Key Arena will likely serve as the team’s temporary home while a new arena is constructed in the Sodo District.
Commissioner David Stern, whose reputation took a major hit during the Sonicsgate saga, has repeatedly stated that he wanted the NBA to return to Seattle before his retirement in 2014. It looks like that goal has finally been achieved, though there is one remaining loose end that needs to be tied up.
Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors January 16, 2013 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, CA. Coverage will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET.
LeBron James will once again be the center of attention as the Miami Heat take their talents to Oakland for their last regular season matchup against the Golden State Warriors. James needs just 18 points tonight to become the youngest player ever to reach 20,000.
At 28 years old LeBron James would be the youngest player to reach this milestone, but will not be the fastest. James has had a considerable advantage over most players due to his jump straight from high school to the pros. Wilt Chamberlain needed only 499 games to hit the 20,000 point plateau, that’s 227 games less than James needed.
No better opponent for James to accomplish such a feat than to do it against a Warriors team that with a win tonight can sweep the Heat on the season. The record is James for the taking, as he historically does well against the Warriors. During his career James has managed to score 18 points 16 of the 17 games he’s played against Golden State, and has been held under 18 points just once so far this season.
With the NBA trade deadline slowly approaching, teams will start evaluating where they sit and what kind of potential moves they can make to improve their teams. Some will look to add bench pieces, while others will look for starter quality players to make one last run at the post season. On the other hand, there will be the teams, such as the Washington Wizards, who are attempting to set themselves up for a better draft pick, or moving players to acquire more picks for June’s draft.
After the off season acquisitions of point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard the Los Angeles Lakers were expected to wreck havoc in the league. With four potential hall of famers in Howard, Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, many picked the Lakers to go far in the playoffs and potentially win the championship for the 17th time.
Now just over two months into the new season, the Lakers are looking at potentially missing the playoffs if they don’t pick things up.
If you were to say the Lakers season has been smooth so far, you’d be lying to yourself and anyone and everyone listening. The Lakers have had a tumultuous season up to this point.