KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 08: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat dunks over Jeff Green #22 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the preseason game on October 8, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Kansas City hosted the NBA on Friday night and things seemed to go very well.
It sounds like everyone was at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City on Friday night.
The big draw was LeBron James (really, Mario Chalmers!) and the Miami Heat playing Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat took care of business winning 103-96 but the post-game stories aren't talking about how well LBJ's jumper was going down.
Everyone seems to be talking about the event itself.
It's no secret that some in Kansas City want an NBA team at the Sprint Center. It's another reason 42 times a year to bring people downtown. It brings more exposure to Kansas City.
Check out some of the stories we're seeing post-game about the "Who's Who Of Kansas City" the game was on Friday night at the Sprint Center.
Local celebrities ringing the court included Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, Todd Haley, coach of the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas basketball coach Bill Self. Self drew a big laugh when he was caught in the first quarter on the "kiss cam." Realizing he was on the big TV screen above the floor, he obligingly leaned over and gave Cindy Self a big kiss.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon arrived late and Sprint CEO Dan Hess barely moved the applause meter when he presented the game ball to an official. Self got the biggest roar when the Kiss Cam focused in when he puckered up with Cindy Self.
The rest of courtside looked like the Chiefs’ locker room. Bowe posed for photos, and Haley, wearing a fashionable skull cap, greeted fans. Prime real estate for the coach, but Chiefs lineman Brian Waters wasn’t jealous that Haley had better seats than his second-row view.
I'm not sure if Kansas City can support an NBA team but I imagine this game will bring the topic back up. It seems that with all the coverage and the people that attended the game (tickets were apparently being scalped for as much as three times face value, according to one report) that the talk of an NBA team in Kansas City warrants another go-round. I don't know the landscape of the NBA well enough to understand if the NBA in Kansas City is even plausible but it merits consideration (as it has been given in the past).