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Stern talks Seattle, lottery

Updated: June 9, 2007, 6:40 PM ET
By Marc Stein
SAN ANTONIO -- NBA commissioner David Stern can't deny that, even at the league level, there's a greater incentive to see the SuperSonics stay in Seattle than there was just a few weeks ago.

By winning the right via last month's lottery to make the No. 2 overall pick in the June 28 draft, Seattle suddenly could account for half of a geographical rivalry for the ages ... assuming soon-to-be Sonics' cornerstone Kevin Durant doesn't have to leave for Oklahoma City or Kansas City or Las Vegas after a year.

Asked if the prospect of seeing Portland-bound Greg Oden and Durant keep in the Pacific Northwest what figures to be a lifetime of comparisons, Stern admitted: "Yeah, it would be nice."

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