Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I sue you!

Legal grounds?

So according to reports, Howard Schultz -- the guy we can blame for the evil known as Starbucks -- is suing Clay Bennett. Schultz doesn't want money ... oh no, he wants his NBA team back.

Schultz sold the Seattle SuperSonics to Bennett and his group of Oklanhoma City-based investors, apparently under the assumption Bennett and his crew would do everything they could to keep the Sonics in Seattle.

Never mind the fact that Oklahoma City had been openly clamoring for an NBA franchise since the New Orleans Hornets spent the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons playing home games there. Schultz really believed Bennett would keep the Sonics in Seattle.

Now he's angry and indignant that Bennett wants to move the team? Now he sees fit to throw his lawyers into the fray, trying to get the team back? First of all, I'm not sure if that's legally possible, and secondly ... how could he not have seen this coming?

Oklahoma City wants an NBA team ... a guy from Oklahoma City plopped down millions upon millions of dollars to buy a team some thought might be on the way out of town.

Call me crazy, but that sounds like 2+2=4.

David Stern isn't much better, sitting back and twiddling his thumbs as the whole thing went down.

I'll grant Seattle hasn't been the most competitive team in recent years, but fans are still supporting the team. It's not like the Sonics are playing their home games in front of crowds in the hundreds, booing them off the court (right, Isiah Thomas?). And with Kevin Durant sure to take Rookie of the Year honors, the future is indeed bright, no matter where the Sonics wind up.

So why punish the fans? Because Bennett didn't get the $500 million new arena he wanted? The citizens of Seattle already funded new baseball and football stadiums -- they have more important things to spend tax dollars on than a new arena.

Schultz can sue and gripe all he wants, but he should've seen this coming from day one.

No choice

I'm normally not one to tell college basketball players to go pro -- consider me a proponent of using the college game to develop your skills and getting your degree -- but in the case of Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose, I'll make an exception.

Beasley, Kansas State's star freshman, and Rose, the freshman stud from national runner-up Memphis, will reportedly enter the NBA draft. In fact, were it not for the age rule the NBA set last year, Beasley and Rose might not have been in college to begin with.

Most experts expect Beasley and Rose to be among the top three picks in June's NBA Draft. Either could be the top pick, which might go to the Miami Heat. And when you're a virtual top-three pick, locked into that secure a financial future, I can't in good conscience agrue for staying in college.

Sure, seeing Beasley and Rose in another NCAA tournament would be nice -- I'd particularly like to see Rose get another shot at a national title. But if they're looking at all those millions and the perks that come with being a high lottery pick ... who am I to tell them not to go?

Gotta go where the money is.

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