Out one side of his mouth, NBA commissioner David Stern says in an espn.com podcast "I'm not thrilled about the outcome in Seattle...Believe me it's a big loss any time you leave a city."
Out the other, he says Seattle is likely to get another city's team: "As the plans develop for a new arena, and I'm sure there will be,
that likelihood increases."
The misery index makes this all the more likely, he adds: "...this economy is going to contain certain disruptions, and out of those
disruptions may come opportunities for some cities, and maybe Seattle
will be one of those."
Are we Romans at heart? Will this city - after our season of contempt and caterwauling over the loss of the Sonics - do unto others what has been done to us? Would we take, say, Memphis' s money-losing team, formerly Vancouver's money-losing team, and make it Seattle's money-losing team, without shame?
Are we willing to become the David Stern of cities?