Re: Could a NBA team make it in Kentucky?
Unlike Cincinnati, Pittsburgh is not really perceived as a basketball city at all today. The same can be said for similarly sized (to Pittsburgh) St. Louis, despite pockets of hoops fans in both markets.
Interestingly enough, as most of you know, both Pittsburgh and St. Louis - just as Cincy and Louisville - play prominent roles in Pro B-Ball history:
The great Bob Pettit-led late 50's/early 60's St.Louis Hawks teams, who moved to Atlanta only because an agreement to play in the then-spacious St. Louis Arena - known at one time as the "Checkerdome" - couldn't be reached.
The Pittsburgh Pipers, led by Hall Of Famer Connie Hawkins, defeated the New Orleans Buccaneers - with a couple of dudes named Larry Brown and Doug Moe playing for the Bucs - to capture the first ABA crown.
"I have just been more than a little suspect of all the trades since the Willy (Scott Williamson) cash grab. That one left such a bad taste in my mouth that even a 1985 Dom Pérignon couldn't cleanse it." -- Creek14