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NBA In Seattle: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Wants To Keep The Kings In California

The rumors are beginning to swirl once again that the NBA could be bringing a team back to Seattle. The mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn, has already weighed in on the NBA coming back to the city. Last week, the mayor of Sacramento also commented on basketball in Seattle.

The Sacramento Kings are one of the teams rumored to be considering relocation. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times recently spoke with Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson about the NBA in Seattle.

"I honestly was looking through the newspaper trying to figure out if I was going to go to a Seattle SuperSonics game and it just hit me that they don't have a team anymore," said Johnson, who played in the NBA from 1987 to 2000. "I was out talking to people, and the community hasn't recovered from that. I don't wish that on anybody."

Johnson hopes Seattle someday gets an NBA team, but he's adamant it won't be the Sacramento Kings.

Condotta goes on to note that while former NBA player Johnson will do everything he can to keep the Kings in Sacramento, it will ultimately be up to Kings owners the Maloofs whether they choose to relocate the team.

For complete coverage of the NBA situation in Seattle, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For updates and perspective on the Sacramento Kings, head on over to Sactown Royalty or visit SB Nation Bay Area.