Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes thinks it’s time for an NBA team to come to Kansas City, and next season there’s possibly a way to make that happen.
The Toronto Raptors are the only NBA team that doesn’t make its home in the United States. With travel from the U.S. to Canada coming to a grinding halt because of COVID-19, the Raptors are scrambling to find an alternative home for the upcoming season. A report surfaced that one of the places being considered is Louisville, Kentucky, at the KFC Yum! Center.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP has a different idea in mind, though. He wants the Raptors to play the 2020-21 season in Kansas City.
In addition to an incredible group of sports fans, Kansas City boasts an NBA quality arena at T-Mobile Center (formerly Sprint Center). It’s a regular host for Big 12 and NCAA basketball events.
Mahomes isn’t the only one with this idea in mind, either. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas was quick to let Twitter users know that he’s in favor of the suggestion.
Mahomes’ teammate, Khalen Saunders, also is on board with the Raptors making a temporary home in Kansas City.
Bringing the Raptors to Kansas City could be a smart business move for the NBA. League executives could gauge the interest of a thriving sports market that doesn’t currently have an NBA team. Kansas City has long been mentioned for future expansion franchises and this could be a great opportunity for the town to prove it’s worthy of an NBA team again. The NBA’s Kings moved from Kansas City to Sacramento in 1985.
Mahomes already brought his favorite burger franchise, Whataburger, to Kansas City. Perhaps his influence is enough to help the city add an NBA franchise too.