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Seattle Agrees To Key Arena Renovation Proposal

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The City of Seattle made significant progress in bringing in an NBA or NHL team on Monday when Seattle’s City Council passed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday that would allow for a proposed $650M renovation of Key Arena.

If all things go according to plan, the building could be ready to play by 2020, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.

The completely renovated Key Arena would hold 18,350 for NBA games and 17,150 for NHL games.

This moves Seattle closer to being NBA-ready by 2020, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports.

Over the summer NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that Seattle “no doubt be on a short list of cities we’ll look at” when discussing expansion or relocation.

Seattle lost its franchise, the Super Sonics, to Oklahoma City, who are now known as the Thunder, back in 2008.

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Suns Fans Petitioning for Robert Sarver to Sell Team

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Phoenix Suns fans have has enough of owner Robert Sarver, who is arguably the worst owner in the NBA.

Fans are taking their disdain a step further, and have started a petition to force Sarver to sell the team.

Sarver has been brutally terrible with his running of the once proud and successful organization, with his constant meddling and micro-managing that has held the Suns team back.

The recent issues with Talking Stick Arena and Sarver, who threatened relocation before backtracking, was the breaking point for 
longtime fan Josh Miller, who started a petition on the website change.org, according to The Arizona Republic.

“From their inception in 1968, through 2010, the Phoenix Suns were one of the NBA’s model franchises,” wrote Miller in the petition’s description. “The Suns were typically among contenders for the NBA championship. In their history, the Suns have won 7 division titles, and played in the NBA Finals twice. Despite not winning a championship, until recently, the Suns had the fourth highest winning percentage in NBA history.”

The petition goes on to make a plea for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to step in:

“The only solution is for Mr. Silver to force Robert Sarver to sell the team to an owner who wants to invest in the franchise and is interested in putting together a basketball team that can compete in the NBA.”

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Grizzlies’ Joakim Noah Says He Was “Too Lit To Play In New York”

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Memphis Grizzlies center Joakim Noah is happy to finally be back on the court, and in action, following his departure from the New York Knicks recently.

While things didn’t pan out for Noah in New York, who waived him prior to the start of the season by using the stretch provision on the remainder of his deal, Noah says he was too much for New York, believing it wasn’t a fit for him either.

“I remember after the first game (in New York) I probably had like 60 people in my house,” Noah said, according to Grind City Media’s Chris Vernon. “I’m too lit to play in New York City. Memphis is perfect for me.”

“We were lit in Chicago, but I was young. You recover faster, you know?”

Noah also discussed his departure from New York.

“It happened so fast,” Noah said. “One year I’m playing 35 minutes a game. And then injuries started piling up. I got this crazy deal with the Knicks, and then the next thing you know I’m not playing anymore. Get kicked off the team. It was a crazy time. I wasn’t sure I was gonna get an opportunity to play again.”

Noah, who has looked much better during his stint with Memphis, is glad to be playing for the Grizzlies.

“I got the call from Memphis. … I decided that this was a good fit,” Noah said. “I’m just really, really happy to be here.”

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Thunder’s Paul George Asked Billy Donovan to Stop Running Plays for Him

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George reportedly asked head coach Billy Donovan to stop running plays for him at one point last season.

George made the comments during an interview with ESPN’s Royce Young:

“I’ve always been a guy to just let the game come to me,” George said.

“Just play the game. If it’s a shot for me, if I can make a play, create for someone else, I’ll do that. A lot of times you run a play, everybody’s watching, everybody’s locked in, everybody’s pulling over and it just makes the game tougher for me

“I like it when I can kind of manipulate and be on attack mode where they don’t know what to do, as opposed to a play other teams [can] scout.”

Donovan added in:

“At times he’s like, ‘Stop—just let me get it,'” Donovan said. “I had to learn him. I can watch things on film and say, ‘Oh, that’s a good play and he made that shot, let’s run that,’ but there’s a lot more to it than that.”

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