The NBA will be returning to Seattle to host a preseason game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers on October 3. Check out the best new sportsbooks for betting on the NBA.
The Blazers and the Clippers will be playing in the game referred to as the Rain City Showcase. Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations, said that the idea of the game was proposed by longtime friends Los Angeles coach Ty Lue and Portland coach Chauncey Billups.
“We are absolutely thrilled to bring back NBA basketball to Seattle with this game,” Zucker said.
The game will take place at the newly-renovated Climate Pledge Arena, the home of WNBA’s Seattle Storm and NHL’s Seattle Kraken. This will be the first NBA event since KeyArena was reconstructed as the home for Seattle’s both WNBA and NHL teams.
The last event that the NBA held in KeyArena before it was reconstructed was the preseason game between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings, which took place in October 2018. It was the first NBA event in the arena after the Seattle SuperSonics left for Oklahoma City back in the 2008 season. At the time, Seattle fans had the opportunity to see Kevin Durant, then a member of the SuperSonics, play at the venue for the first and last time.
The announcement of the preseason game between the Blazers and the Clippers has been welcomed with great enthusiasm by the general public as well former NBA players.
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell welcomed the idea, as the game would bring excitement to the city, saying, “Just the buzz, the energy, the excitement, the unifying element in this city. This kind of revitalization if you will. This kind of noise brings our city back.”
Lenny Wilkens, who spent four seasons with the SuperSonics before beginning his legendary NBA coaching career, said that this upcoming game would showcase the city and its NBA legacy.
“This is a great sports town and basketball has a great legacy here,” said Wilkens. There are so many young people growing up and wanting to be a part of that. So, here is an opportunity again, to get it back.”
Jamal Crawford, who eventually rose from being a local basketball star player to an NBA player with a 20-year-long career in his belt, believed that this preseason game would inspire another generation of kids who dream of being in the NBA.
“It reignites a whole new generation of kids who need to see this, who need to be able to dream and know this is real,” the 42-year-old said.
Other than former players, local business owners also expressed their enthusiasm for the upcoming event. One of them is Matt Storm, owner of The Masonry in Lower Queen Anne. He is excited to have the NBA returning to the Emerald City, even for just one game.
“The neighborhood definitely feels alive when there are events going on at the arena. In a way it hasn’t felt in a long time,” he said. “At least when the arena has an event, you know what to plan for and emotionally you know what to plan for.”
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