Mayor tells Stern Seattle wants NBA back in town

As the team formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics prepares to host the first two games of the NBA Finals, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn met with league commissioner David Stern to let him know the city wants to bring pro basketball back to Washington.

McGinn met with Stern Monday, the day before the NBA Finals began in Oklahoma City. The team now known as the Thunder moved to Oklahoma from Seattle in 2008.

Seattle City Council and King County Council received a $500 million stadium development proposal for a new building near Safeco Field, home of the Mariners, and CenturyLink Field (Seahawks). McGinn is a supporter of the plan but business owners have been resistant because of concerns about heavier traffic keeping people from coming to the area.

The WNBA's Seattle Storm plays at Key Arena, but the venue is considered antiquated relative to NBA arenas.