Jamie Reidy comments on the awkward relationship between Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the fans whose hearts they ripped out.
John Hickey reports special for USA Today on the used-to-be-Sonics phenomenon:
It was a cold, gray and wet Thursday in Seattle, just perfect for longtime fans of the Seattle SuperSonics to mourn the NBA franchise that morphed into theOklahoma City Thunder and dispatched the San Antonio Spurs to make the NBA Finals.
Look, I’m not one to not judge (see: earlier idiot “Miley Cyrus Marries Thor” headline. fyi: she is only engaged to his brother).But, fuck, Seattle, you were promised better.
And let’s all just do mentally angry things to Clay Bennett, the billionaire who told the city of Seattle and NBA commissioner David Stern that he would do everything he could to keep the team in Seattle. I’m told that asking to do other stuff is problematic. No physical answers.
And then Clay-piece-of-something-I-can’t-say-because-the-nuns-told-me-no moved the team from Seattle to Oklahoma City, OK. To repeat. HE MOVED THE TEAM FROM SEATTLE.
Then Clay Bennett came from Oklahoma City with a big bundle of cash when Starbucks founder and then-Sonics owner Howard Schultz wanted to sell. Bennett said he would work to keep the team in Seattle, but he bolted for his hometown almost as soon as the ink dried.
Now, Seattle debates watching their former Golden Child Kevin Durant do what he does in the NBA Finals next week. That is a tough organ basketball to follow.
I would still be rooting for OKC: because I am a sap.
GMP readers, would you still root for a pro team that deserted your city?
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