I may live in AZ, but I've always been a devoted follower of the Pistons. Streaming WTKA this morning they commented about an article that was in that most hated of papers today that has comments from Stern when asked about his commitment to the Detroit market;
"We like to stay where we are, but if you judge us by our past we haven’t been entirely successful,” Stern said. “But our first choice is always to have the team sold to somebody that will keep it in the market.”
If I may paraphrase real quickly, "I'll give it the old college try to keep Detroit in it's market, but if Louisville or Kansas City have a newer stadium, See Yaa!"
That is just ridiculous and a huge concern with the NBA. With all the recent moves you are losing the legacy of the league. Every time I see a poll showing the Thunder as the best team in the West, I have to remind myself that isn't an expansion team it is the Super Sonics. If Seattle with all that technology money can't keep their team how are the rest of us going to? It is just really depressing and would be a huge loss for the NBA and the city if the 3 time champions to end up as the Kansas City Barbeques or the Louisville Sluggers.
Reluctant Article Link - http://www.freep.com/article/20100712/SPORTS03/100712061/