Our favorite NBA coach Phil Jackson has updated his book to include his recent thoughts about re-joining the Los Angeles Lakers as coach and the proposed deal he had in place with Chris Hansen if the Kings moved to Seattle.
From the New York Daily News:
"The prospect that captured my imagination didn’t involve any coaching. In December 2011 my son Charley introduced me to Chris Hansen, a successful hedge fund manager who had put together a group of investors who were trying to bring an NBA team back to Seattle. Hansen’s plan was to buy a majority share of the struggling Sacramento Kings franchise, then persuade the NBA to let him move it to the former home of the Sonics.
"What I liked about Chris was his innovative thinking about sports and community. He wanted me to help him create a new kind of sports culture, focusing on the team itself rather than individual superstars. His goal was to make the fans feel as if they, too, were part of the family. One of Chris’s ideas, inspired by the Seattle Sounders soccer team, was to hold large pep rallies before each game to get the fans juiced up as they made their way to the arena. Another idea was to create a low-priced standing room section behind the baskets, complete with beat boards to rev up the noise level. Chris even wanted to remove the players’ names from their jerseys to shift attention away from individual players. I told him the marketing department of the NBA might have a problem with that one."
Most of us will agree that if the Kings were sold to the Hansen/Ballmer group and moved to Seattle, it would have been heartbreaking. But with Phil Jackson reigning over the team? That would have been too much.
If the Kings had moved to Seattle, would you have still rooted for the team? Even with Phil Jackson?