The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 July 2006

Post-modern Art

Art Thiel of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer dumps on Howard Schultz:

At least three times publicly Tuesday, Howard Schultz, the soon-to-be-former Sonics owner, lamented that government officials showed him and his fellow buccaneers "no respect."

Honest, he really said it. Not Gary Payton, the self-absorbed player Schultz couldn't stand, and instead traded. It was Schultz who adopted Payton's schoolyard rap with his pout over the city's reluctance to subsidize his team's playpen.

Then Schultz, along with president and fellow owner Wally Walker, had the jewels to claim that some silly cowboys from Oklahoma will have more success than the homeys did in keeping the Sonics in Seattle.

My definition of "no respect": Assuming one's listeners are total morons.

Or, perhaps, "silly cowboys."

Incidentally, has reprinted the Thiel piece, which ends with this fatuous blast at Oklahoma City:

Alert to basketball fans in Oklahoma City: As of Tuesday, your arena is already on the fast track to becoming a crap can, your owner is a wild-eyed venture capitalist and your team next year will pay maybe $50 million to a pimply teenager who doesn't know a drop step from a drop kick.

At least it's not the Dust Bowl. But the taste is recognizable.

Remind me to ask him how he likes his crow.

Posted at 7:36 AM to Net Proceeds

I'm not sure what to make of all this stuff. There seem to be convincing arguments on both sides about the failures that led to the teams being purchased by out of state buyers. All I know is that no one in Seattle who loves basketball will be happy if the teams leave. And it seems a shame that it might occur. But again, time will tell- and maybe Bennett will have more success in getting an agreement with the city.

Posted by: Lachlan at 11:11 PM on 19 July 2006