Stern Sure to Back Kings' Move to Seattle


One thing that commissioner David Stern has tried to make a hallmark of his tenure as NBA leader is franchise stability—he wanted to eliminate the fly-by-night owners who had gotten a toehold in the league in the 1980s, and make the league a paying proposition in a variety of markets, cutting down on the need for franchise movement.

He has been mostly successful on that account. Here in the 21st century, we have seen just four franchise transfers, with Vancouver going to Memphis in 2001, and the Charlotte Hornets going to New Orleans the following year. In ’08, the Seattle SuperSonics were plucked out of town and put into Oklahoma City, and this year, the Nets skipped from New Jersey over to Brooklyn.

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