Patrick Mahomes has both “bought” and “brought” into the Kansas City area thus far in his short NFL career as the face of the Chiefs franchise, settling into the region with investments that have endeared him to the team’s passionate fan base—even more than his incredible on-field production and accessible demeanor. But he’s got bigger plans in front of him.
Mahomes has already laid partial claim to area sports franchises like the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC. He’s also imported Whataburger, who has four restaurants coming to the region this fall. The next domino to fall could be a concerted effort helped led by Mahomes to bring an NBA franchise to the city.
Mahomes is a big-time sports fan and lover of basketball, and this discussion has crept up before. However, the idea circulated again in a recent column from Peter King, whose most recent ‘Football Morning in America’ highlighted Chiefs camp and Mahomes’ hopes for expansion.
"Yes, Mahomes does want to be part of an ownership group for an NBA franchise in Kansas City. Baseball and soccer, cool. Basketball would be his dream. “He’s been talking about it a lot,” said Tyrann Mathieu."
Patrick Mahomes wants to bring an NBA franchise to the Kansas City area.
In the last year, Mahomes has been photographed taking in games between the Phoenix Suns and L.A. Lakers as well as the Dallas Mavericks hosting the New Orleans Pelicans. He also wanted to play in the NBA’s celebrity game during all-star festivities.
It should also be noted that Mahomes is himself an incredible all-around athlete and that means he’s got serious skills on the court himself. Unfortunately for his enjoyment of the game, the Chiefs put a contractual halt to those activities for the sake of staying healthy. Still, it’s cool to see some highlights:
Last season, Kansas City offered to help provide the Toronto Raptors with a temporary home in the midst of COVID-related issues with travel between Canada and the U.S. but it didn’t work out.
Mahomes is slowly building the clout, the connections and his own investment portfolio to be a mover and shaker on this sort of level. It certainly can’t hurt for one of the single most recognizable and popular athletes in professional sports to call for change on any subject, so basketball fans in the K.C. area should have hope. Mahomes Magic is a real thing and it makes things happen on and off the field that were previously unheard of. Perhaps that also means a professional basketball team in Kansas City.