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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Earl Watson Wants NBA Team in Kansas City

UCLA Alum Earl Watson is a Kansas City native. And he thinks it's high time the town got another chance at the NBA (since they lost Kings in 1988.)

*What team you ask?
The Hornets, by golly!

Earl Watson
"With the New Orleans Hornets being bought by the NBA and the possibility they could move, Kansas City has been mentioned as a possibility. Watson believes the city, which lost the Kings to Sacramento in 1985, is deserving of another NBA franchise.

"I think Kansas City is a great NBA city,'' Watson said before Wednesday's game against Miami. "It's a city that loves sports. We have already two major franchises ... with the
Royals and the Chiefs and (had a third with) the Kings back in the day. Basketball in Kansas, alums from (Kansas University) and (Kansas State), they all kind of centralize in Kansas City. It's a great city financially for many reasons and also for the new arena they just put up.''

The Sprint Center was built in 2007. It's considered an NBA-ready venue, which certainly helps when it comes to luring a team. New Orleans already had built New Orleans Arena before the Hornets arrived in 2002 and Oklahoma City had the Ford Center waiting for when the Hornets left Hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to play there from 2005-07 and when the Seattle SuperSonics moved there in 2008."