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King County Executive: We will keep working to bring back our Sonics

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Dow ConstantineSEATTLE  —  King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a statement Friday congratulating Steve Ballmer on his successful bid for the Los Angeles Clippers.

But in the statement Constantine also said the effort to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle would continue.

“Here in King County, the resolute work by investor Chris Hansen to build an arena started well before Mr. Ballmer was involved, and it will continue after,”  said Constantine.  “We will keep working to bring back our Sonics and bring the excitement of NHL hockey to our region.”

Ballmer will reportedly pay $2-billion for the Clippers after the current owner was told by the NBA that the team must be sold.

Co-owner Donald Sterling made headlines several weeks ago when he was caught on camera making racist statements.  His wife announced she was taking control of the team and she has reportedly agreed to Ballmer’s bid.

ALSO: Clippers owner Donald Sterling found to be mentally incapacitated

Industry watchers have said that it is unlike that Ballmer would move the team away from LA.  That would mean that Hansen and other boosters looking to bring a team to the Seattle area would likely need a new partner with similarly deep pockets to realistically continue their efforts.

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  • hydro

    Hey Dow how about getting off your knees pleasing the nba…We have more IMPORTANT things we need than a nba team…. Tax dollars spent on Stuff like schools ,infrastructure , police reform…..Forget those clowns who USED SEATTLE again and again…Where was Ballmer when he had the chance here???? He sees the game. It is all about dollars….KEEP OUR DOLLARS away from Dow before he throws it all away ……… Like a free throw

    • hydro

      Amen … I am tired of going to my sons school and seeing the condition of things… Our teachers work with less and less every year… THATS MY TEAM ! ! !

  • Diana in Ballard

    Why is Dow Constantine spending our tax dollars looking for ways to bring a team here??? He obviously doesn't have enough to keep himself busy in his real job. Let's get rid of him!

  • Skip

    The NBA is owned by billionaires and the game is played by millionaire slaves. Pay teachers more and improve the Seattle community. We have lots of uneducated fools shooting each other every week and the NBA will do nothing to improve the crime problem.