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Odds & Ends-Volume 28


WarriorsJerseysSleevesLet us start off with some “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” news:

Two things are coming to NBA uniforms in the near future that seem so unnecessary: Sleeves to the jerseys and corporate sponsors.

First,let’s start off with the corporate sponsors. It used to be that you would see sponsors on uniforms of leagues like arena football and NASCAR, but now the NBA wants to put corporate sponsors on their teams’ uniforms. I for one really don’t want to see this, I know this will make money for the league and it’s teams,but it reaks of a league that is financially struggling. Save the sponsorships on uniforms for the leagues that really need the money, the NBA isn’t hurting that bad.

Now onto the sleeved uniforms that have been unveiled by the Golden State Warriors. These are so lame. I can’t believe these have actually been considered. This reminds me of the Chicago White Sox wearing shorts during a game in 1976, which to me is the biggest uniform blunder in sports history. I can’t believe I may be a fan of this team once (if) the Kings leave for Seattle. The sleeved uniforms may have me change my mind about it. Basketball jerseys shouldn’t have sleeves,period. It just looks weird.

And no,I don’t want to get used to these. Sometimes change is just unnecessary and for the Warriors, the NBA and basketball in general, this will prove to be true. I think these will be laughed off the court and will be gone before we know it, at least that is what the King of Wishful Thinking in me hopes for.

Speaking of the Kings, over the weekend in Houston at the NBA All-Star Weekend, soon to be ex-commissioner David Stern said in a news conference that it is plausible the Kings will stay in Sacramento beyond this season. Without saying how it would happen, Stern says there is a chance the city can beat out the strong bid Seattle has for the team currently.kings

“Oh, certainly it’s plausible to me, but I don’t have a vote,” Stern said. “But I expect the owners to have a very open mind on this. And it isn’t plausible yet to talk about it until the predicates have been fulfilled.”

The Maloof family and the Kings have reached an agreement to sell 65-percent of the team to the Hansen-Ballmer group for $525 million. If approved, the group will move the team from Sacramento to Seattle and change the name to the SuperSonics. The team would call KeyArena home for two seasons until a new arena is built for the team and the city.

In the news conference, Stern said that one of the two cities will be disappointed this season,which was meant to indicate that expansion to bring a team to either city in the near future was highly unlikely.

I do agree with Stern to an extent. I do think that expansion is far away from happening because there are too many teams in the NBA to begin with. I also agree that one of two cities will be disappointed this April,but I don’t think that city will be Seattle. They have had such a head start in trying to bring a team there and get an arena deal done without an ownership group who was hesitant to work with the city to begin with.

sharksMemo to all Sharks fans: Chill!

After the Sharks’ hot 7-0 start to the season, they have lost seven of their last 10 and many fans are in panic mode.
You guys seriously have to chill. Look, I know you want your team to finally capture the Stanley Cup after years of teams who had a ton of promise to deliver one failed to. But to panic like you have after the hot start is pretty ridiculous. All teams have losing streaks every now and then and the Sharks went through theirs as of late. They are still in sixth place right now and will more than likely make the playoffs.

The panic of Sharks fans is what usually pisses me off about Bay Area sports fans. As soon as something goes wrong, it’s time to panic. Even I admit my guilt of this with the Giants. I think it’s time we stop panicking when a Bay Area team has something go on that doesn’t go their (or your) way. It is not the end of the world if the 49ers lose a Super Bowl or the A’s lose the ALDS in five games or the Sharks go on a five game losing streak. There are more important things to worry about in life than a little misfortune with your favorite sports team. Just sayin…

Catch me and the great DJ Mappquest on Sports Madness, this Tuesday from 6-7pm Pacific Time on, Sacramento State Student Radio. You can also listen to our show via the TuneIn Radio app on your smartphone. Search: KSSU



2 replies »

  1. I honestly don’t think there are too many NBA teams. Or NFL or MLB teams for that matter. I don’t think there are too many teams at all. I think once a league hits 50 teams, than you have too many, but for now I think a few expansion teams won’t hurt for Football and Basketball (Baseball I’m not so sure). There is clearly demand for football in Los Angeles and the NFL has been looking into Toronto as well. In the NBA, clearly Seattle wants a team. I unfortunately haven’t heard of other locations but I’m sure others want a try at it too. I think 2 more expansion teams for the NFL and NBA would be good. It would make things slightly lopsided, but I believe the NFL needs to restructure the conferences and where teams are. Same could be done (if necessary) for the NBA. Just my two cents.

  2. I agree that the demand is there. I know that a couple of cities like Louisville and even Seattle would be fantastic NBA markets. I think Los Angeles and Toronto would be great future NFL destinations. With baseball if they expand to 32 they would have to go to four divisions like the NFL has. I don’t know that now is the right time to expand with the way the economy is and has been. I am sure it will happen somewhere down the road for some sports league, I just don’t think it will be the NBA. The NBA even had some talk of contraction as recently as three or four years ago. When a league talks contraction instead of expansion,maybe they shouldn’t expand for a while.

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