NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is set to announce the league’s expansion to Seattle and Las Vegas for the upcoming 2022-23 preseason.
According to Willie Ramirez of AP Sports, the league will announce the expansion to those cities with two preseason games by the Los Angeles Clippers at Seattle’s Climate Promise Arena on Sept. 30 and Oct. 3.
The Los Angeles Lakers will also play two preseason games in Vegas on October 5th and 6th.
Multiple sources told me the NBA ultimately wants to announce the expansion of Las Vegas and Seattle during the Clippers’ two preseason games on Sept. 30 and Oct. 3 at Seattle’s Climate Covenant Arena.
The Lakers will then play two preseason games in Vegas on Oct. 5 and 6.
— WillieGRamirez (@WillieGRamirez) September 7, 2022
Of course, from 1967 to 2008, the Seattle SuperSonics competed as an NBA team. Then after the 2007-08 season, the team moved to Oklahoma City and became known as the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The SuperSonics have played at various venues including the Seattle Center Coliseum/Key Arena at Seattle Center (1967–78, 1985–94, 1995–08), the King Dome (1978–1985), and the Tacoma Dome (1994–95). ).
For 33 of the team’s 41 seasons, the Supersonics have played their home games at Key Arena. In the year The franchise won Western Conference titles in 1978, 1979 and 1996.
NBA to announce Seattle, Las Vegas expansion for 2022-23 preseason
In the 1978-79 season, Seattle won its only NBA championship. In the 1979 NBA Finals, under head coach Lenny Wilkens, the SuperSonics defeated the Washington Bullets in five games.
Gus Williams led the team in scoring with an average of 28.6 points per game. And Dennis Johnson was named Finals MVP. Johnson averaged 22.6 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists per game.
Additionally, Sam Shulman owned Supersonics until 1983.
Barry Ackerley owned the team until 2001 before taking ownership of the Seattle Basketball Club. In the summer of 2006, Seattle Basketball Club sold the WNBA team Seattle Storm and SuperSonics to Professional Basketball Club LLC.
So far, billionaires have expressed interest in owning the new Seattle expansion team. No final sale was made though. According to ESPN, the estimated cost to own both expansion teams is $2.5 billion.
Not to mention, four-time MVP LeBron James wants to own an NBA team. In an episode of “The Shop,” James mentions, “I want to own a team. Yes, I would definitely like to buy a team. I want a team in Vegas.
Silver was also thrilled when the league expanded to Sin City. “Las Vegas, where we will be in the summer league in July, has shown itself to be a big sports market,” the commissioner explained.
“Currently, the city is home to the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, the NHL’s Golden Knights, and perhaps the future of the NBA, the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces.”
New teams can have a positive attitude towards professional sports leagues. But let’s hope the expansion teams are here to stay. Supersonics fans have long been in mourning after learning of plans to relocate the franchise.