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April 15, 2008 2:42 PM

Gregoire to Stern: "Just say no."

Posted by Percy Allen

Governor Christine Gregoire, state and local officials have sent a letter to the NBA urging the owners to postpone this week's Board of Governors vote on the Sonics until the team's legal problems are resolved.

Here's a copy of the letter.

The letter cited a breach of contract with the previous ownership group and a breach of faith with fans as prime reasons to postpone the vote. Other parties signing the letter include House Speaker Frank Chopp, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, King County Executive Ron Sims and Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin.

The groups' action comes on the heels of former Sonics owner Howard Schultz's announcement that he intends to sue the current team owners for breach of contract.

The NBA Board of Governors meeting begins Thursday and the owners are expected to vote on Friday. Commissioner David Stern will address the media Friday.

On a side note, if you haven't seen our "Write your caption" item, you have to check it out. It is a must read. I never knew so many of you readers are a little sick and twisted. Good stuff. Keep it coming.

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