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Published August 26, 2013
ALL ABOUT STEVE: In Seattle, Brier Dudley wrote Hansen's "local boy who loved the Sonics" image has been "tainted by revelations of his political skulduggery." Former Kings co-bidder Steve Ballmer now has the opportunity to "take a more prominent role in the campaign" to bring a team back to Seattle. Perhaps Ballmer, who recently announced he will step down from his role as Microsoft CEO, "will buy out Hansen’s stake and take over the effort." Ballmer "would be a force" in the NBA, and "not just because he’d be the wealthiest owner, but because of the rare combination of personal skills and analytical capabilities that have enabled him to steadily grow Microsoft sales and profits." Perhaps Ballmer "would also pursue an arena on the Eastside, closer to his home, rather than the complex and controversial commercial real estate venture anchored by an arena that Hansen is trying to assemble in Seattle’s industrial zone." Dudley: "Who knows -- maybe Ballmer could even take over Paul Allen’s sports franchises in Seattle and Portland if Allen decides to move on." Ballmer has been "spotted visiting Seahawks offices" (SEATTLETIMES.com, 8/23).