The Portland Trail Blazers sit wedged between two warring NBA cities.
Make that one NBA city warring with Seattle for courting their team. Sound familiar?
You've got to feel for them both.
No city wants an identity as a stepping-stone, or ignorant rube, but that's what happened when Portland's superior sister flushed a major sport out of town.
How much does the Emerald City need the NBA?
Not bad enough to go after the Blazers, but bad enough for the vulture position over the Sacramento Kings.
They're waiting for safe pickings.
One day the Kings belong to Seattle. Then everything flops around and they're staying put. New ownership groups with golden wings swoop around, but the prey won't lie still enough for them to dig in. They won't die.
Neither will the bad blood in Seattle and that might be the problem.
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