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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

St. Louis: Lukewarm on an NBA Franchise?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM

ALL PHOTOS BY JON GITCHOFF FOR THE RIVERFRONT TIMES
  • All photos by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times

Last night, the Chicago Bulls hosted the Memphis Grizzlies at the Scottrade Center in an NBA preseason game with the Bulls dominating the Grizzlies 106-87, giving the throngs of red-clad fans what they came to see: Derrick Rose (pictured above) and a Bulls win.

In a highly unscientific survey conducted by the RFT last night, we asked a few dozen fans what they would do for an NBA team in St. Louis. Many stuck with the "buy tickets" response, but the not-great attendance --13,497-- for the game, and all the out-of-town visitors we spoke to could indicate St. Louis isn't ready for an NBA franchise again. (The St. Louis Hawks moved to Atlanta in 1968.)

Are we wrong, though? Cast your vote below.

Photos and questions by Jon Gitchoff for the Riverfront Times.

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What Would You Do for an NBA Team in St. Louis?

Gabi of Bloomington, Illinois, who says she's in the process of moving to St. Louis: "I'd give up the Rams."

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What Would You Do for an NBA Team in St. Louis?

Ben of Owensville (pictured right): "I'd do anything. I'd give up the Rams."

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What Would You Do for an NBA Team in St. Louis?

Miracle of Tamms, Illinois: "I'd go to every game."

See also: Photos: The Bulls-Grizzlies 2013 Pre-Season Game in St. Louis

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What Would You Do for an NBA Team in St. Louis?

Faith of Belleville, Illinois: "I'd give up the Blues."

See more photos on the next page.

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