While there's a lot of talk about Louisville's chances of luring an NBA team, opinions are certainly anything but unanimous. But it's interesting to compare the stated views of two former NBA insiders who each have a vested interest in the fortunes of this city and region.
First, there's U of L head basketball coach Rick Pitino, who – when asked about the city's NBA prospects – had this to say: "The NBA's not coming to Louisville because David Stern doesn't want it in Louisville. I think the ticket prices are too high, I think it's too much for Louisville people."
Kind of a pessimistic attitude for a guy who wrote a book called "Success is a Choice," isn't it?
And then, there's UK head coach John Calipari who supports the idea. He believes an NBA team would benefit Louisville on many levels, and correctly points out that what's good for Louisville is good for the entire state.
On this issue, I have to side with Calipari and disagree with Pitino. I don't know if an NBA team here will work or not, but considering all the economic and public relations benefits we'd realize if it does, I think it would be foolish not to try.
Negative thinking has held this community back for too long, and I think it's time for "Possibility City" to turn this possibility into a reality.
Call and let us know your thoughts.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.