I'm curious to hear what would be some good cities that could support a new NBA franchise. I'll leave out Brooklyn since it appears likely they will get a team. But I'm curious to hear what cities you guys think could support a team. Here are some possible options off the top of my head:
Anaheim-they flirted with the Clippers in the past and there has been some talk of the Maloofs moving the Kings there
Cincinatti-Ohio seems like a good basketball state with multiple succesful college teams
Kansas City-It's a big city that has supported other pro teams
Las Vegas-An expanding city with plenty of tourists looking for entertainment. Gambling still an issue
Seattle-Supported the sonics for decades. The fans deserve a team
San Diego-Great city with excellent facilities for other sports.
Or do you see the league maybe going into Canada or Mexico next(I seriously doubt it). Anyways, just curious.
I think all of those cities besides Vegas has had an NBA team before.
You pretty much covered all bases, although I want a team in Alaska.
to play in Alaska. any team names????
Anchorage Anchors, Spear Fishers, Igloos, Snow Storms, Alaskan Assassins, Polar Bears, Parka's, I Can See Russia From My House... Just a few thoughts
No way Vegas will get a NBA team.
I agree, Seattle should get another team. Cincinnati and San Diego would be awesome cities to have the NBA return to. Louisville was considered during the initial Hornets and Grizzlies relocation.
If they could get basketball off the books, that team would be very succuessful. Heck, the locals would probably just buy up all the season tickets and make a fortune selling them to the ballers who come into town.
Being from Kansas City I would love to get a new NBA team. We used to have the kings and most of you guys won't remember but they weren't too bad. We almost got the Thunder before they decided to go to Oklahoma city. We have a new arena(the sprint center) and a great fan base!
"Anchorage Anchors, Spear Fishers, Igloos, Snow Storms, Alaskan Assassins, Polar Bears, Parka's, I Can See Russia From My House... Just a few thoughts"
By squirmydude at 2009-06-11
I think from now on I'm just gonna post either that gif or the "boo this man gif". No more plus/minus points, you either get the "boo" or the "clap".
I think the fact that the Grizzlies came into the league the same time as the Raps took away from the potential fan base outside of the city. Furthermore, Basketball out in Western Canada wasn't really big back in the late 90s. Nowadays, with the popularity of the Raptors as "Canada's Team", more and more people in all parts of the country are tuning in to Basketball. In the last 7 or 8 years, basketball's popularity has grown immensely in Western Canada; this is exemplified by the sell-outs every time the Raptors play a pre-season game out West (Winnipeg 05, Edmonton, 08, etc...) These guys out West are itching to watch Pro Ball again.
why it will work this time...
1. Basketball's gained popularity in a Hockey-crazed part of the nation
2. There was a franchise there before; they will have a better grasp on marketing tactics and financial maneuvers
3. The Sonics are gone. Now there is no alternative for people to watch an established team compete for the play-offs by driving 2 hours. Now they'd have to drive 5 hours to get to Portland, which I don't believe is feasible for 95% of even the most hardcore fans
what do you guys think?
Ok, I haven't posted anything in 2 weeks. I had 82 points before. How the heck do I have 8 now? Somebody's player-hating, and that makes me a sad Panda. :(
I say Tokyo :). I met the players on the Tokyo IBL team and they were nice guys, they had not won a game though (think they were 0-18 or so). I think they were the Tokyo Tornadoes or maybe they went by Nippon Tornadoes. Also, did anyone know that one of the leagues in Japan is referred to as the BJ League. While it refers to the Basketball Japan League and I am sure does not have the same connotation in Kanji or Japanese or whatever, I still find it hilarious. It would be a league I am sure many would not mind joining. Plus, my boy Ray Schafer was getting his in it last year :). Well, their team in the BJ League is the Tokyo Apache, coached by none other than Jellybean Bryant himself. So, I say lets get some of Japan's finest and just let them play against one of every team for fun. Japan beats everyone in baseball, why not let them take a shot at basketball? I mean, these dudes playing in the IBL were giving up 150, might be fun to see what would happen against NBA comp, lol.
I think the economy will have to get better before they put out another team but they do need expansion though because a lot of marginal NBA players are going overseas when they could be getting minutes on an expansion team.
I would really like to see Seattle get another team before anyone else, then I would be open to Vegas and another team in Canada. The only bad thing about Canada is that American born players tend to not want to stay or go there. Not really sure why, especially with Toronto. Easily one of the best, cleanest and safest cities in the world. At the most I would probably only add two teams, but that would include one team folding (i.e., the Grizzlies). I would have said the relocating, but do we really want the Grizzlies to pick up everyone and move when we could just disperse their players?
The really cool part about expansion in my opinion is when they have the expansion draft. That is probably the biggest reason I am rooting for it. Every team only gets to protect 6 or 7 players and in this economy, there would likely be really good players that would be made available for an expansion team to pick plus the team would have pick #1 in the draft. Truly though I haven't seen well built expansion teams since the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars from the NFL.
Kansas City Krunchers
San Diego Seagulls
St. Louis Stars
How about a team in Puerto Rico! Afer all Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the U.S. which is pretty much a state.
Another thing, I think they have a bigger population than Alaska. How about the Puerto Rico Pirates!!!!!!!
They should have a team. And so should Louisville
Louisville is a big city....plus as crazy as Kentucky fans are about basketball....I think a pro team would do well In Louisville.
as for Alaska I think there's no better team name for them than the Anchorage Freeze. Syracuse would love to see another professional basketball team here again, but I don't see it happening.
Another Canadian Team ( Ottawa, Vancouver)
The Alaska Palins.
Albuquerque. they have supported the UNM lobos for awhile. Tucson is also a city on the rise. St. Louis wouldn't be a bad choice either. I mean the Clippers just need to get out of the Staples Center in downtown LA and go to a place they can truly call home. The Honda Center in Anaheim or San Diego are still in SoCal but at least they won't have to share a building with the Lakers. Maybe one of the three cities I mentioned, they can still stay in western conference if they were to relocate to these cities.
Ohio doesnt deserve another team. Seattle should get a new team. they got robbed.