Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, on the current NBA impasse:
“If forced to take a side, I would side with the owners in this deal. If anyone believes commissioner [David] Stern or the owners want to start canceling games, I just can’t imagine where that line of thinking is coming from. That’s the last thing anybody wanted to do.
“They [owners] obviously are serious about getting a better business deal with the players. The players are going to have to see that the economics have changed, and they’re still getting a good deal, even if it is not as good as it was.”
Fourteen mayors of cities with NBA teams sent a letter to the league asking that Something Be Done; Cornett declined to participate.
I’m not sure what I think of that, even after having read the letter. I am, however, perplexed that I couldn’t find it anywhere on NewsOK.com, though the Oklahoman did print it in the sports section Thursday morning. (Any of you Black Tower guys who have a NewsOK link, feel free to chime in.)
Then again, I’m pretty sure it is less than swift to announce you’re not taking sides, and then take sides.