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The Columbus Kings?


08:13 AM ET 05.11 | The mayor of Columbus, Michael B. Coleman, has made the NBA aware that the city is interested in a basketball team. "Up until recently, our arena situation was not stable," Coleman spokesman Dan Williamson said [Wednesday]. "Now that that changed, the mayor felt it was time to position ourselves to be on the NBA's radar. The NBA needs to know more about us, so he has had conversations with NBA officials." ... Stern has said that league expansion is not an option. That means Columbus would have to lure a team from another city. The most-viable option appears to be the Sacramento Kings, whose owners have expressed a desire to relocate while battling city officials there over money.

The Columbus Dispatch

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May 11, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Somehow, I don't think the Maloofs are looking at Columbus, Ohio as the stopping point for their basketball franchise.

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May 11, 2012  08:43 AM ET

This franchise was, at one time, the Cincinnati Royals. There's a kind of symmetry there.

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May 11, 2012  09:00 AM ET

They did not go out of business, they became the Kansas City Kings, then the Kansas City-Omaha Kings, then the Kings of humor in Northern California......
How fitting that this team seems to find the middle sized markets where they would be the only draw.

May 11, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Is that Columbus Georgia or is that Columbus Ohio? Most of us is assumming its Ohio. That would mean another professional sports team the the great state of Ohio where they've won exactly how many sports titles in how many years. This list would continue to grow in that respect. In college sports Ohio is awesome.........not so much in professional sports, at least not the past several decades or more. Good luck anyways Ohio.

May 11, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Damn they would never get any Free Agents to come there.

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May 11, 2012  09:19 AM ET

I love Columbus. I just don't think it can sustain an NBA franchise.

+1. I dont think Columbus can either.

May 11, 2012  09:20 AM ET

If Kings franchise is tarnished now, just wait until the overflow of sewage from buckeye nation infects them.

May 11, 2012  09:20 AM ET


May 11, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Never happen! The Grizzlies considered Columbus when they were leaving Vancouver. This city will never adopt anything that would steal thunder from Suckeye football..

May 11, 2012  09:33 AM ET

If Kings franchise is tarnished now, just wait until the overflow of sewage from buckeye nation infects them.


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May 11, 2012  09:40 AM ET

Its Columbus Ohio. Incidentally I am currently considering a relocating from NY to Columbus. I would love for the Kings to end up there so I can pay peanuts to go to the arena and watch our Knicks kick the tar out of them a couple times a year.

Forget about it. The last guy I know that left Zoo York for Columbus, is on suicide watch. I've been trying to get him to wait. In a few months, he'll be bored to death.

May 11, 2012  09:45 AM ET

I can't see why Free Agents wouldn't want to come there. Doesn't Columbus OH already have some of the highest paid athletes?

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