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There are so many towns that would seem to make fine homes for an NBA team. Some have traditions in other sports, or in basketball, but at other levels. Some even have a long-ago NBA team but have grown since they lost it. Here are our contenders:
We suspect the Chargers will stay, But the very idea they might not is so offensive we want to give San Diego an NBA team, too. Name it something electric.
Once upon a time there was the Kentucky Colonels. Let’s have some ’70s nostalgia! Think they like basketball a little in the Bluegrass State?
Pittsburgh is known for being sports nuts, and in the last decade or more that has extended to basketball through the competitive Pitt Panthers. Let’s bring back the ABA’s Condors and change the basketball’s color on the logo.
It’s a shame St. Louis lost the Rams. The team that won a Super Bowl, though, almost was a basketball team playing football. How about giving them an NBA team and picking an ancient sports name out of St. Louis history?
Cincinnati fans have had it rough lately. Let’s surprise them by restoring their basketball tradition. Even if, OK, that tradition really was one guy.
If there was ever a town that would go insane for a pro basketball team, it’s Virginia Beach. In fact, it might be necessary to rebuild the stadium every now and then.
Just call them the Albuquerque Kids. It’s a natural, and much less trouble than ‘the Albuquerque Meth Kingpins’.
One more pro team and the NBA can really be said to be storming the South. Little Rock is ready.
A town with a growing rep, and a growing rep for basketball fever.
We don’t live in a world where turning your nose up at a Vegas sports team makes sense. And the above image should remind the NBA that this is a town that can go nuts over a hoops team. How’d Money Mayweather like to try his luck on an investment?
Once, there was a Kansas City Kings. The Kings name is still taken, but there’s another hallowed sports team name lying around unused.
The prospect has to tantalize. A city that big, that close, and one that will open up about a continent and a half.