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February 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

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New NBA in Seattle blog debuts as Sonics return looms

The NBA hasn't returned to Seattle quite yet, but beginning this week, a blog about the NBA is back.

Consider this an invitation to check out The Seattle Times' newest blog — the NBA in Seattle. It's actually a first cousin to an old friend, the Sonics blog, which died in 2008 when the Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City. We all know that sad story.

But with recent developments making it possible, perhaps even likely, that the NBA will return to Seattle, we decided to resurrect the NBA blog with a new name.

The reason is simple: We want to make it easy for you to find our coverage of a complex and important story. Previously, updates would turn up in different places online, from the Sports home page to The Today File blog. Now there is one place to look.

In the next few weeks, the purchase of the Sacramento Kings by a group that includes Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer could be finalized and approved by the NBA Board of Governors. Meanwhile, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is desperately drawing up a last-ditch game plan to keep the Kings in Northern California.

The NBA in Seattle will cover every twist and turn of that high-stakes drama. Reporter Bob Condotta and others in Sports and Metro will follow all aspects of the story. Bob, known for his excellent Husky football blog, will be in Houston this weekend reporting on developments and reaction from the NBA All-Star Game. We'll also be at the NBA Board of Governors meeting in New York City in April, when a final vote on the tentative sale and possible move to Seattle is expected.

You also may notice that The Seattle Times is turning up the volume on our NBA coverage. We'll provide more consistent news about the league, which includes many Seattle natives, while still including standings and boxes. We've also added a regular "Following the Kings" package in print and online. Each time the Kings play, you'll find a separate game story, complete box score and an update with team record, highlights and the next Kings game.

We know there's more interest in the team that could become the Seattle SuperSonics, so we're providing it. If you have suggestions about NBA or Kings coverage, don't hesitate to email me at dshelton@seattletimes.com or call me at 206-464-8284. I welcome your input.

Want to be a reader contributor to the Seattle Times' Take 2 blog? Email your original, previously unpublished work or proposal to Sports Editor Don Shelton at dshelton@seattletimes.com or sports@seattletimes.com. Not all submissions can be published. The Times reserves the right to edit and publish any submissions online and/or in print.


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