With the interest from Seattle businessman Christopher Hansen to uproot the Sacramento Kings and plant them into a newly planned arena in downtown Seattle, attendance at the Kings-Thunder game reflected the fans support for keeping the team in northern California.
But if you're looking for voices of sympathy, don't call up Kevin Durant for an endorsement. The former Seattle Supersonic said in the Kings' own arena following the game that Seattle is a great fit for someone.
"No doubt, Seattle is a great place for sports and they deserve a team," he said.
"The fans there are unbelievable, so hopefully a team gets there. I heard they are making progress to trying to get an arena, and it would be fun to go back to Seattle and play. Hopefully, it is soon."
Durant had also been asked about the atmosphere of the arena, in which the fans were showing their support for the team to stay—to which Durant said, "I'm a little disappointed because it should be like this every night."
Many in the city fear the team's fate has already been decided after an email was uncovered by the Seattle Times that was sent from Hansen to Julie McCoy, Chief of Staff, to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Ethan Raup, the mayor's director of policy and operations. Hansen clearly states his overall intentions:
"Thanks for spending the time today guys. I really appreciate it and look forward to making this happen in Seattle. I genuinely mean that and am confident that with a little effort and creativity we can find a solution that meets our needs and the City's /State's desire to get a team back to Seattle without a large public outlay."
Sacramento is getting ready to learn the hard way what Seattle had to deal with when their beloved team left. Now the tides of fortune have perhaps brought an NBA franchise back to Seattle. Sacramento may have to wait for that same tide.