When the league inevitably expands to 32 teams, here are the ten cities that I think should be considered for the two expansion franchises.
It goes without saying, but one franchise should definitely end up in Seattle, as the Supersonics of course. It's been quite a letdown for the city that PBC moved the team to OKC after their acquisition of the team. The city is now updating the Climate Pledge Arena, formally known as the KeyArena, (one of the reasons for the team's relocation) with the arrival of the NHL team, the Seattle Kraken. The Sonic fans have been clear and vocal since the move that they could still support an NBA franchise without a doubt.
The state of Missouri surprisingly does not house an NBA franchise and hasn't since the departure of the Kansas City Kings in 1985. The city seems to support their professional sports franchises and has an arena downtown that could be suitable for the potential NBA team (with some renovating I'd presume - it seems nice but I am not familiar enough with the facility). It seems the market is significant enough to support an NBA franchise so it should be an option.
The city has an MLB and NFL franchise, so it is not inconceivable that they could support an NBA franchise (being that they did up until 1972 with the Cincinnati Royals, before they moved to Kansas City). I'm not sure who the NBA fans in Cincinnati support, but I'm guessing the Cavs aren't popular enough to have strong support across the entire state of Ohio. Kentucky, just south of the city across the Ohio River, has a significant passion for basketball, so that could fortify the market/support for the potential team. A lot has changed since the early seventies but it is still a question whether or not they could fund a new arena in the city or they can just renovate the arena downtown (Heritage Bank Center).
Las Vegas is clearly a viable option for an additional professional franchise after the city has proven it can support the Golden Knights and, seemingly, the Raiders (who already have a broad fanbase). They have a viable arena to play in and can gain support with tie-ins with the casinos to help occupy the arena with visitors as they develop a local fan base. The NBA already has a presence there with summer league as well so I can see it happening.
I guess we will get a general idea of how much the city can support an NBA team with the Raptors playing in the city for the upcoming season (obviously without attendance given the circumstances). The Rays have their issues with attendance and the Bucs are perennial losers sans a few years in the late nineties-early 2000s (I've actually been a big Bucs fan since 1997, as I grew up in Los Angeles with out an NFL team at the time), so it is up for debate if they can support an NBA team, especially with Orlando being so close by. It is a significant market and the Lightning seems to garner a lot of support and have a nice arena downtown they could share with the potential NBA franchise (something they'll be doing this year), so it seems feasible.
This poor city, a city I love and plan on moving to one day, has lost two professional franchises to Los Angeles (and the Rockets to Houston). Both the Chargers and Clippers should still be in SD in my opinion, given their putrid reception in Los Angeles and the significance of the city of San Diego. The Clippers are still not accepted in Los Angeles after all these years and are only there because dumbass Donald Sterling forced the relocation in the 80s. The city has struggled to fund stadiums in the past but it would be great to see an arena downtown, a la Petco Park. Worst case, they renovate the Pechanga Arena (formerly known as the San Diego Sports Arena) but realistically I'm not sure the city wants an NBA franchise, I have no clue.
No reason to think they couldn't support an NBA franchise again. Basketball has grown tremendously in Canada since the days of the Vancouver Grizzlies and the country has produced several high-level players in recent years. The Raptors are the lone team north of the border, so no reason to think a second team isn't viable. Vancouver has Rogers Arena ready to go so there wouldn't be an issue with an arena for the potential team.
Look, Pittsburgh could barely support the Pipers back in the ABA days (albeit a long time ago), so I'm not sure how popular basketball is in the city. It is not a huge market but the city shows strong support for the Steelers and Penguins (and I'm sure the Pirates to some extent even with their decades-long struggles). I think Pittsburgh is a beautiful, underrated city, with PNC Park being my favorite MLB ballpark. The potential team could share the arena with the Penguins so there wouldn't be an issue having to fund a new arena. Also, I know the city loves the black/yellow color scheme for their franchises so that is one less thing to worry about.
As mentioned above with Kansas City, it is surprising the entire state of Missouri doesn't have at least one NBA team. St. Louis had the Hawks for 13 years, before they moved to Atlanta, and housed the fabled Spirits of St. Louis of the ABA, so no reason to think the city couldn't support an NBA franchise again. I highly doubt both cities mentioned would get both expansion franchises, so I'm not sure which city is the more viable option. The team could share the Enterprise Center with their NHL team, the Blues, so there wouldn't be an issue funding an arena.
I know it is very close to DC, but if DC and Baltimore can both support an NFL and MLB team, why can't Baltimore support an NBA franchise again, being they had an NBA franchise (that moved to DC, coincidently) in the past. I know the city has had its struggles for some time, but it seems like a possible landing spot to consider. I am not familiar with the condition of the Royal Farms Arena, but the team would ostensibly have a suitable arena to play in.
(Not) comprehensive guide to San Diego Indian Casino craps
San Diego county has a crap (ha!) load of big Indian casinos that are only getting bigger and bigger! I've gone a little crazy visiting all that I can lately and figured that y'all might like hearing about them! Pechanga: Probably the biggest casino in the county by a big margin. It's got the flash and everything you'd expect from a Vegas casino, but to me, it's a little soulless and only going after your cash. It’s one of the older casinos here, but still nice and clean. They usually run 2 craps tables that are $10 and $15 min on the weekdays, but bump up to $15 and $25 on the weekends (I think), and they're always pretty lively until pretty late. The plus is that they also have a bubble craps machine with a $5 min but on the weekend, you have to expect to wait 30min - 1 hr to get a seat, but on the flip side, people will play literally all night, so if you're someone who doesn't want to play the Pass, you'll be happy. Their version of craps is that they have two sets of 6 cards, face up, and two different colored dice and the number on each die picks the card that’s used for the number rolled. They reshuffle the cards after the shooter sevens out. Pala: Pretty big casino that is fairly new. Everything is neat and shiny. They have two craps tables that were $10 and $25 min on the weekend that I was there. The $25 table was rocking but the $10 table was dead (go figure…). It gets pretty dead later at night though. Their version is kind of funky…they have two different colored dice and the one with higher number rolled picks one card out of two face down cards. When the card is turned over, it’ll show a pair of dice combination that determines the point rolled (e.g. the card will literally show a picture of two dice with 3 on one and 4 on the other for a roll of 7). They reshuffle the deck every roll. Pauma: Tiny casino. No craps, but they have an awesome 2-for-$20 prime rib dinner special every night :-P Harrah’s: Medium sized casino that’s fairly new as well. They usually have two tables going with $10 and $25 min every day. I believe they have two more tables that they only run on big weekends, like holidays. They have the fire bet here. People will play at the tables deep into the night on the weekend, so you’re bound to get some action if you want, but weekday late nights are more iffy, so be careful. They are the only other casino here that has a bubble craps machine and it’s $5 min as well. It gets fairly crowded during peak hours, but not as bad as Pechanga, but it also clears out fast the second it gets past midnight or so. If you don’t want to shoot, you’ll be hard pressed to play past that time. Their version is like Pechanga’s, with two decks, but the cards are face down before you roll and they reshuffle after every roll. Barona: Medium sized casino that’s probably one of the oldest right now, but it’s still quite nice and clean. Probably the most local friendly casino here, very folksy and welcoming. They have two tables. One is always $5 min and the other is usually $10 min and people will play all night here, every night. They offer sharpshooter and fire bets. It’s probably one of the consistently busy tables around here, which is great for late night people. Their version is one deck of cards, played face up, and the dice pick the cards. I like this more than the two deck version because a hardway roll on the dice is going to really be a hardway (or 2 / 12) so it’s more fun to cheer for a particular roll. Sycuan: Medium sized casino that’s just as old as Barona, but they are opening a HUGE new casino this summer that should be pretty spectacular. Right now, they have one table that was $5 min when I went, but it was completely dead. I didn’t even look carefully enough to see how they do their cards, so I don’t know. Viejas: Just opened a brand spanking new casino in the past year that looks great, naturally. It’s medium big in size. They have two tables, one that’s $5 min on weekdays and $10 min on weekends. The other is $10 weekdays, and $15 (maybe $25?) on weekends. The $5/$10 table is usually ok on the weekends until about midnight, then dies out. On the weekdays, it’s pretty quiet earlier, so be careful here too. They’re the only ones with the small-tall-all bet, which is pretty cool! Jamul: Also pretty new but medium sized. They have one craps table that seems to be $5 min all the time. I haven’t been too many times, but it feels like it’ll get pretty quiet pretty fast on the weeknights and probably be pretty dead after 1am on the weekends. Not 100% sure on that. No jackpot bets, just standard craps. The cards are like at Barona, one deck, face up, reshuffled after a seven-out. Hope this is useful to someone!
I'm selling two of my GA tickets for the San Diego show on March 5, if anyone here wants them
I have to sell them through the official resale on the AXS app, but they're there and they're not marked up. I got 4, but two of my friends can't go anymore. It's for the show at the Pechanga arena, which I guess is the new name for Valley View Casino Center.
I was driving on the freeway then I saw a giant billboard of Jyp with sunglasses, the type that you'd see on a Jyp building ad, which kinda took me by surprise. Not entirely sure why it's happening here, or that Jyp was popular enough to perform where I happen to be at. Apparently he is doing some sort of show On August 25-26th at a casino in my city. Here is the link to the event. The site doesn't give any info on what it is but I assume it's going to be Park Jinyoung concert? Anyone else know? It seems weird but I'm consider going to it since I've never been be to a k-pop event or anything like that ever.
Last night, I finished the last taping of the season for my show “Laughs” at Pechanga. I was feeling great – despite waking up fighting off a cold, I muscled through three episodes worth of wrap-arounds, and a 90-minute live stand-up show. I was really proud of the work my crew and I pulled off, and was walking out of the casino when a group from the show spotted me. 8 of the 9 people were very kind, thanking me for the wonderful time they had. But that 9th woman said, “It’s great that you enjoy doing this, but leave your politics out of it.” There was so much I wanted to say. I wanted to tell her that if she was offended by anything I said, how dare she. That there was nothing I said that could have bothered a rational compassionate person. That putting her prejudices on me as if they were my fault was all kinds of stupid. I wanted to tell her that I didn’t mention anything political. That I talked about my beliefs, which are not my politics. That only small-minded people confuse the two. I wanted to tell her that she’d have no problem with what she perceived as my “politics” if they agreed with hers. That the world, and thus my act, doesn’t revolve around her. That if she was really listening, she’d understand that the main tenant of my beliefs is to respect other people. I wanted to tell her that uninformed people like her are the very reason I am a stand-up. That her ignorance can only be counteracted by my stubborn refusal to be quiet. That her opinion is not gospel, and she has no business telling me how to do my job, especially when she was the only one upset in a group of people who enjoyed my show. I wanted to tell her she was wrong. But all of that would have only strengthened her resolve. Instead, I gathered myself and said the one thing that I could say that would shake her to her core. “It’s great that you enjoy giving me advice,” I said, “but leave your politics out of it.”
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