Basketball Diplomacy: Love for the Sonics lives on in China

Once people discover that I speak some basic Chinese, the typical conversation I have here in Juijiang goes something like this: A few standard queries regarding my nationality, occupation, marital status, salary, and maybe my opinions on Chinese food. And then it happens. “Which city are you from?” “I am from Seattle.” I say, bracing […]
Jan 16, 2013

SoDo arena approved but ID businesses aren’t all celebrating

The Seattle City Council and King County Council approved a deal Monday to build a new basketball and hockey arena south of Safeco Field. But amid the jubilation from Sonics fans hoping to see a NBA team back in Seattle, some who work in the International District aren’t so sure they’ll see an economic benefit […]
Oct 15, 2012

NBA dreams deferred, Seattle players look overseas for court time

As the Seattle city council ponders a vote approving bonds for a new arena that could bring back men’s professional basketball, the summer Olympics proved the game’s popularity is still growing quickly overseas. The U.S. men’s basketball team sped past Spain for a gold medal in the summer Olympics, but other countries showed burgeoning strength. […]
Aug 22, 2012