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    Default Ric Bucher, ESPN: Vancouver could be favourite for NBA relocation

    The Sacramento Kings might be on the move after all now that their arena deal has fallen apart. But now it seems Seattle has a new, unexpected competitor in its attempt to land an NBA team.

    Ric Bucher, an NBA reporter for ESPN, told "The Kevin Calabro Show" on Friday that if the Kings were to leave Sacramento, Vancouver, British Columbia would be a "very viable spot."

    "Maybe, quite honestly, the most viable spot right now among places that gets the next NBA franchise that is on the move," Bucher said.

    With investor Chris Hansen working to build an arena in Seattle, Vancouver wouldn't seem to be first in line for a relocated franchise, but Bucher said the city has a few things working in its favor.

    "They have the corporate infrastructure, they have a building that they can readily move into ... they also have a very hot hockey team there currently," he said, referring to the Canucks, who are in first place in the Northwest Division. "It's a place that [the NBA] doesn't want to give up on."

    NBA commissioner David Stern has faced turmoil in the past year with several franchises, including the Hornets and Bobcats and now the Kings. What would he think of a move across the Canadian border?

    "We know that David Stern has always wanted to make this as global as possible. And everything that I'm hearing is that the China experiment failed, that the current owners are not interested in expanding into Europe anytime soon," Bucher said. "This is a way to expand back globally a little bit without it being too risky."

    Some might see this as a blip on the NBA relocation radar, but Bucher insists Vancouver will remain a strong player in the battle for a franchise.

    "It was one of those things on the NBA coconut- telegraph that will not go away as far as Vancouver being far more attractive than Anaheim," he said, "and even having the ability to elbow Seattle out of the way."

    Time will tell if the Kings will move from Sacramento and exactly where they'll land. The silver lining for Seattle: Hansen is moving forward with his plans to build an arena in SoDo and remains committed to bringing the NBA back to the city.

    The question remains as to just how long we'll wait.


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    Calgary needs a team and the fact that I'm moving there has nothing to do with it.

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    Kind of makes sense...how many places do you have left that has a ready arena, corporate infrastructure, a sizable asian population (that the nba wants to cultivate country wise) and nearness to the US border not to mention there is pretty depressed basketball audience in BC who were upset when the Grizzlies moved...no thanks to Jackson who really screwed up that franchise with his picks.

    Apollo, do u really think Calgary could support a nba franchise?

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    If they do go to Vancouver what would they call themselves, the Van-city Riots, Van-city Luongos or last but not least Vancouver Pacificers.

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    Canadian basketball has definitely been on the rise over the last couple years, it could make sense to move a team to Vancouver in the near future.

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    I was just thinking that and now i got flash backs of Shareef Abdul Raheem. Put up a team in van city to compete with the Raps and call them the Vancouver Vipers

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    Quote Bendit wrote: View Post
    Kind of makes sense...how many places do you have left that has a ready arena, corporate infrastructure, a sizable asian population (that the nba wants to cultivate country wise) and nearness to the US border not to mention there is pretty depressed basketball audience in BC who were upset when the Grizzlies moved...no thanks to Jackson who really screwed up that franchise with his picks.

    Apollo, do u really think Calgary could support a nba franchise?
    Hell no. It was more tongue in cheek. I don't think there is a strong basketball culture there but I could be wrong.

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    About damn time Vancity'! We are getting a franchise back! I hope

    I remember when I was about 4 years old, I would watch Grizz games downtown live! But that was 12 years ago....

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    Stern owes Canada another team! if Charlotte keeps getting teams, why shouldn't Vancouver?

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    Quote Bendit wrote: View Post
    ...Apollo, do u really think Calgary could support a nba franchise?
    I think Calgary has a big enough corporate culture but as Apollo has said, maybe not the fanbase.

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    Yeah, Calgary is one of the riches cities in Canada. Its the Canadian corporate center for oil and gas.

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    It is Ric Bucher though...

    I think Seattle gets a team before Vancouver, but Vancouver needs a team.

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    With the league's focus on global expansion and Vancouver being a culturally diverse location I wouldn't rule it out.

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    I live here in TO, and I am not sure how many of you actually live out West, but I lived in Vancouver for a while and nobody gave a flying #$&! over there about ball when they had a team, and no one cared when they left. Did the NBA mess up? Probably. But it'll be a tough climb as long as the Canucks are good. Overall, the more NBA in Canada the better

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    It's probably either Vancouver or Montreal. I don't know if any other city would have a realistic shot.

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    Quote BallaBalla wrote: View Post
    I live here in TO, and I am not sure how many of you actually live out West, but I lived in Vancouver for a while and nobody gave a flying #$&! over there about ball when they had a team, and no one cared when they left. Did the NBA mess up? Probably. But it'll be a tough climb as long as the Canucks are good. Overall, the more NBA in Canada the better
    Keep in mind that in Vancouver, the Grizz were never even close to sniffing the playoffs. If the product had been respectable, the team would still be there today.

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    I live in Vancouver, and actually worked for the Grizzlies for three years. The reason for the team "failing" in Vancouver has less to do with support from the community that with other issues. First the Canadian dollar was extremely week during the six years the Grizz were in town – in fact almost at 25 year lows during that stretch. From a business standpoint this made it very difficult to compete - revenue was in Canadian dollars, while most expenses were in US dollars. It is very difficult to attract new fans when ticket prices are high (to cover business operation expenses), and also difficult to attract and pay free agents.

    Second, the lockout in 1998 basically destroyed any of the fan base that were on-the-fence fans. Attendance was 17,000 in the first year and dropped into the 13,000s after the lockout.

    Third, Stu Jackson did an absolutely brutal job in running the team... the biggest mistake being the drafting of Steve Francis who had publicly stated (before the draft) that he did not want to play in Vancouver. I won't mention the $64 million dollars he gave to Big Country. During their six years in Vancouver the Grizzlies had the worst record in the NBA going 101 and 359.

    Since the Grizzlies left the city things have changed - a much larger population in the City and within an easy commute of the arena; the Canadian dollar is more or less at par with the US dollar, Vancouver has gained some notoriety having hosting the Olympics (hopefully opening the eyes of Steve Francis and other US born players that the city is not that bad... maybe even a better place to live than Detroit or Milwaukee?), and I am pretty sure if Vancouver were to get a team, Stu Jackson would not be the GM.
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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    Hell no. It was more tongue in cheek. I don't think there is a strong basketball culture there but I could be wrong.
    You ain't wrong.... lol

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    Just had to comment on Apollo's move to Calgary! Yeah boi! LOL.

    But onto the topic at hand, I do agree that Calgary 'could' support an NBA franchise financially speaking, but I also agree that the fanbase isn't as high as Vancouver or Toronto... But that's something the city's got to look into.

    Hmm... bring in the Vancouver Mounties!
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    Quote RPT23 wrote: View Post
    bring in the Vancouver Mounties!
    If a team came to Vancouver, I really hope they wouldn't choose that name... I mean, they already have the Canucks for crying out loud lol

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