by Mike Bookey
Well, not really its team "back," but rather a pair of Seattle bigwigs are reportedly in the process (or done with the process, depending on which reports you trust) of buying up the forgotten franchise known as the Sacramento Kings.
Seattle hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, along with a group of other investors have reportedly shelled out half a billion bucks for the franchise. A revived Sonics (or Kings in Sonics jerseys) could take the court as early as next season.
Sure the Kings are in the cellar of the Pacific Division standings — but only slightly below the baffling bad Lakers — but, hell, Seattle hoops fans, who've been clamoring to get the club back ever since they were swept off in a tornado of contention that landed them in Oklahoma will be super pumped about this.
On the other hand, there's something to be said about Seattle reviving its own pro basketball legacy by taking someone else's team. They know how those people in Sacramento feel -- it's already happened in Seattle. Different circumstances, but not all that different when you think about it.