Russell Wilson advocates for return of NBA to Seattle

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, whose carefully-manicured public persona steers him away from saying controversial things (except when hawking magic water), has taken a public stance against City Hall.

Earlier this week, the Seattle City Council denied a request by entrepreneur Chris Hansen to build an arena in the vicinity of the venues that house the Seahawks and baseball’s Mariners. Via NBCSports.com, the move means that the attempt to bring an NBA franchise back to town nearly a decade after the Sonics moved to Oklahoma is dead at worst, seriously delayed at best.

Wilson pushed back with a pair of tweets. He said it’s “baffling” that this “amazing city” doesn’t have the Sonics.

“Bring them back! Seattle Loves Basketball!” Wilson said.

Wilson, who loved baseball enough in past years to participate in spring training with the Texas Rangers and openly muse about playing baseball (it’s funny how a $20 million-per-year contract can bring that stuff to an abrupt end), then agitated for a showdown.

“Let’s stand up & fight to get our team back!” Wilson said.

Strong words from a guy whose public comments typically land in the milquetoast category. So what kind of battle is he advocating?

“Let’s start a petition Seattle!” Wilson declared.

While that’s hardly a fire-and-brimstone attack, the mere fact that Wilson has waded into what has become a hot-button political issue in Seattle is definitely out of character for him.

38 responses to “Russell Wilson advocates for return of NBA to Seattle

  1. Russell,
    Let me clue you in on something. On the field, you are better than average QB, and people love to watch you play.

    Off the field, nobody gives a crap what you think.

  2. How about someone living in Seattle filling us in on the details? Was Hansen going to pay for the building himself or demand that the janitors, teachers and administrative assistants of Seattle pay for it through higher taxes? Has he targeted an NBA team he wants to steal from its current home? Which one? (Certainly he doesn’t want the NBA to expand, given the current state of the 76ers, Nets, and the other LA team [the purple & gold one].) It’s highly unlikely a playoff team would move, so would the fans be as supportive as they are of the Seahawks during those first 5 years of 12-70 records?

    Inquiring minds want to know, especially fans in cities who have lived through losing a team and then getting a new one.

  3. Wilson should be happy….Seattle had a nice little run. But the NFC West is owned by the team from Phoenix now. Good thing Wilson signed that big contract.

  4. Typical Christian. I follow Jesus so I know what’s best for the city Inhave resided in (part time) for 5 years. Sorry Crazy Russ, you do not speak for Seattle.

    Our great city loves rock & roll music. That is what we truly love

  5. I’d like to see an NBA franchise in a new city, instead of returning to an old one.

  6. Rdog says:
    May 5, 2016 9:04 AM
    I’d like to see an NBA franchise in a new city, instead of returning to an old one.
    ———————

    Seattle has a great tradition. Fans are great when teams are great. Really really bad when teams are bad. Did anybody know who the 12s are before the Seahawks started winning things????

    – Stern: Build me an Arena Seattle. (Just for 200$ mil)
    – Seattle: oh, go to hell.
    – Stern: OK. Team moving to Oklahoma.

    Teams moves to OKC. Seattle tries to steal a team from Sacramento. Sacramento fights tooth an nail to keep their team.

  7. jgedgar70 says:
    May 5, 2016 8:24 AM
    How about someone living in Seattle filling us in on the details? Was Hansen going to pay for the building himself or demand that the janitors, teachers and administrative assistants of Seattle pay for it through higher taxes? Has he targeted an NBA team he wants to steal from its current home? Which one? (Certainly he doesn’t want the NBA to expand, given the current state of the 76ers, Nets, and the other LA team [the purple & gold one].) It’s highly unlikely a playoff team would move, so would the fans be as supportive as they are of the Seahawks during those first 5 years of 12-70 records?

    Inquiring minds want to know, especially fans in cities who have lived through losing a team and then getting a new one.
    ——————————–

    NBA has said, they have absolutely no plan to expand in the near future. The NHL is willing to give them a franchise to occupy the arena. The city council wants to be given insurance that the NBA will provide a team. The NBA won’t make any such promises.

    The MLB team doesn’t want competition in the city so, it’s acting like dicks to block the deal.

    All this could have been avoided if Seattle build a cheap arena a few years ago to replace a dying one.

  8. He also never tried to say that it prevented him from getting concussions.
    ———————
    That’s exactly what he said, actually. Tom Brady’s exact words: “NeuroSafe makes me feel comfortable that if I get a concussion I can recover faster and more fully. There is no other solution on the market today that can do what NeuroSafe does.”

  9. The NBA belongs in Seattle, and certainly not in OKC… the Blunder, what a ridiculous name, although not quite as stupid as the Pelicans. Payton and Kemp were a blast to watch. Believe it or not, the NBA has a worse commissioner than the NFL, they were actually running a team, blocking trades and so on. Unreal. Bring the Sonics back!!

    -Nuggets fan

  10. The last thing we need in Seattle is the garbage league that the nba has become. A few ultra rich tall dudes running around acting like idiots. Let’s take a look at Kobe’s last game, a utter and total disgrace. WWE comes to mind. There are only a couple true basketball franchises in that joke of a league. Take a look at the Spurs. Now that is a real club. I am so happy that we are not getting a whiff of the stench that comes with that lame league. This is a great week for Seattle, now we can forget about this crap. KJR radio needs to shut their mouths as well. We do not care Softy, shut up!
    Go Hawks!

  11. “All this could have been avoided if Seattle build a cheap arena a few years ago to replace a dying one.”

    ________

    No, that is woefully uninformed. Bennett wanted a $500 M Taj Mahal, and even then said he would just flip it for a different team to move to Oklahoma City. The Key had been remodeled less than a decade earlier (Stern can be seen on youtube praising it) and it was still being paid off when the Sonics sold. Would you abandon a house you were still paying a mortgage on to build a McMansion, and oh by the way, in the middle of a recession?

  12. an athlete supporting another pro sports team in the city he plays in is hardly a controversial stance. The vote that happened wasn’t about the loan guarantee (where the arena & property would be collateral for full repayment plus interest).. it was about allowing use of an alley behind a strip club. But there are special interests, the Port and a selfish baseball team, who lobbied successfully at the expense of basketball fans. Had the NBA not stiff armed Seattle with no promises of anything a month before the vote, let alone David Stern’s meddling to kill the Kings sale to Ballmer/Hansen, this vote happens and passes. The politicians had no immediate reward for a yes vote, no promises for any team, just some upset special interests.

    That all said, it would’ve been nice if Russell took this stance BEFORE the vote, perhaps even speaking before the city council. Maybe that could’ve flipped one vote, which would’ve flipped the result.

  13. itbacw says:
    May 5, 2016 9:26 AM
    He also never tried to say that it prevented him from getting concussions.
    ———————
    That’s exactly what he said, actually. Tom Brady’s exact words: “NeuroSafe makes me feel comfortable that if I get a concussion I can recover faster and more fully. There is no other solution on the market today that can do what NeuroSafe does.”

    There is a difference – a VERY REAL one between “prevent a concussion” and “recover from a concussion”.

    TB did not state it “prevented” concussions by your own quote.

  14. First off, ask Elway if he knew about the 12’s. Find out the reason the NFL had noise rules in the early 80’s… then tell me the 12’s are “new”. Does winning bring in new fans? Absolutely… happens in every single town, including yours.

    And, if you’ve never been to an NBA game in Seattle, you’re missing out. Jordan and Kobe have both said that it was one of the loudest and hardest places to play. Similar to what you see in Oakland today.

    The vote wasn’t to bring back the NBA, it was to give up an alley the port said they needed… an alley!! Occidental… drive it sometime…

    Hanson was offering one of the sweetest deals a city has ever seen… Taxes on the buildings use were going to help pay for it… So, your gas and milk prices wouldn’t change, but a dollar of your ticket to the game would go toward the building. Don’t know if this changed, but he was going to give the building to the city. His plans included improving the area around the arena… the plan was to put nearly a billion dollars into project…

    Even worse, the street wouldn’t be vacated if a team didn’t come. It was a vote to vacate the street IF a team was given to Seattle so that the arena could be built.

    There are a lot of pissed off fans in Seattle right now, including me…

    And the council said no.

  15. RegisHawk

    You Seattle fans act as if you have a corner on the market of being a fan. Yes, my football team sucks now but your team sucked for over 35 yrs before they recently ran into some success. I’ve been a fan of the niners since I can remember and have seen them win 4 of their 5 super bowls. Not only that…I’ve gotten to see my other bay area teams win another 5 championships in my lifetime. How many championship does Seattle have?

  16. “steers him away from saying controversial things (except when hawking magic water),”

    Magic water and re-virginization.

    Don’t forget re-virginization!

  17. You usually have great pics accompanying your articles. Could’ve found one with RW in a Sonics jacket with Google images. Still can, in fact.

  18. JoeMontegna

    Your football team sucked for about 58 years from its inception to its first SB win, whether you remember it or not, so my team’s ahead of you there. That gives us about 20+ years to win another 4…if you’re alive then, we’ll talk.

  19. RegisHawk

    So let’s do a little Seahawks math. The team is 40 years old. They’ve won only 1 super bowl. We won 5 in 48 yrs of existence. By my math, the hawks will need to win 4 of the next 8 super bowls to catch up. That’s a tall order.

  20. The problem with that is your team has been around 70 years, not 48. Is that what they call Santa Clara math?

    Seattle has 30 more years to win 4 more SBs…like I said before, we can talk then.

  21. RegisHawk

    We’re saying two different things but I get where you’re coming from. Im saying it took them 48 yrs to win 5 SBs. I know they’re 70 yrs old now. Anyways, this is a pointless debate cause it’s all just theory until the Seahawks win 4 more SBs. That’s actually when we’ll talk. It’s also been fun watching the warriors, giants and A’s win another 5 championships in my lifetime. Might get another Warriors title this year. We’ll see. How are the sonics playing these days? Oops.

  22. Pretty weak when your only response is to go outside the sport. Perhaps you should try pro-somethingelse-talk.com?

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