President Obama shares shooting techniques with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the Oval Office in 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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
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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
Spain's Gasol drives past Love of the U.S. to score during the men's gold medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

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