"... We just want a team back in Seattle. If there’s a team playing at KeyArena, I will have my courtside tickets or third row tickets or whatever I have, and I’ll be the first one in line to buy them, and I’ll be here in my Sonic jersey cheering on the team ... We’re not building the arena (in SODO) unless we have a team. If we have a team, it did not work at KeyArena for one reason or another. It’s not like we’re gonna build this building and then say, ‘OK, now we’re gonna go bid against them for an NBA team.’ That’s not what’s gonna happen. We’re going to sit back, and if it doesn’t work at KeyArena, if there’s an ownership group – ours or us teaming with somebody else or some prospective ownership group that wants to come out of the blue and bid some ungodly number for an NBA team – and they can’t make the economics work at KeyArena and they end up here, that’s what this is for ... From the best of my knowledge, the NBA has absolutely no issue with us and I think (NBA commissioner) Adam Silver has said so publicly. So I would just take his comments at face value. Wally and I certainly have interactions with other NBA owners that we know fairly well, and I just don’t think there’s any evidence of that ... I think people have just tried to push that narrative for their own benefit in this market. But this is even more important: my primary objective here is just to get basketball back. If that was the case, I would gladly take a step back. That’s not the purpose of this. We own 100 percent of the land in the city that is zoned for arena. If this was just economics, I would just turn it into office buildings or whatever is the highest, best use, and I wouldn’t be sitting on it after seven or eight years. If the NBA had some issue with me, we have the Nordstroms, we have Wally, we have Russell (Wilson). I would gladly say I don’t need to be a majority owner in this situation, it’s fine. We’re holding this land to bring the Sonics back. That is imperative No. 1 – by far No. 1 ..." - Chris Hansen
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