If you were inside the sold out Sprint Center for the Miami Heat-Oklahoma City Thunder game, you probably were thinking that this had to have proven that the NBA can work in Kansas City. Sure, it didn't hurt that three of the NBA's top stars were on the hardwood. But it was a sign, right? Yes, but the latest rhetoric from NBA commissioner David Stern is bad news for Kansas City hoops fans.
With the players and the owners butting heads while trying to hammer out a new collective bargaining
agreement and a lockout a real possibility, Stern is threatening to eliminate franchises.
Stern wants to dump $800 million in player salaries and change the league's business model, and he's said that getting rid of franchises is a on the table. The Boston Globe is reporting that three possible candidates include the Memphis Grizzlies, Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans Hornets.
I believe Stern is bluffing. If he's not, threatening to kill teams is a bad sign for a city, say Kansas City, hoping to poach a vulnerable pro team for its anchor tenant. But let's be clear, Kansas City's hopes hinge on first finding an owner or ownership group. Until that happens, it's a moot point.