NBA "sunbelt" expansion has also failed
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02-13-2013, 01:03 AM
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Oklahoma City
Originally Posted by
The Lone Ranger
Well, let's keep in mind that the Thunder aren't an expansion team. They pulled up stakes from Seattle, with a bonafide franchise player (Kevin Durant) to quickly build a contender around. We'll see how loyal the OKC fans are when their roster gets old and the team endures losing seasons as part of a rebuilding process.
I can't control circumstance. It was easy being an Avs fan right out of the gate, too. Also, San Antonio (from Dallas... yes, check it), Memphis and New Orleans weren't expansion teams either when they moved.
I'm not worried about the long-term viability of the Thunder in OKC, a city on the rise with awesome corporate support and a growing metro area. We're becoming a recipient of west coast expats wanting to get away from the insanity there. Hell, that's how I got here.
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