Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:
The Oklahoma City Sonics
They’ll be playing this season, and David Stern and Clay Bennett can say “Mission Accomplished”.
I want to find reason to care since I am a Sonics “supporter” and I live in Seattle, but….I just can’t.
I can’t find reason to fully care because it’s a business, while geographically, financially, economically, logically, you name it, it doesn’t make sense, the NBA, like the other fickled leagues in this world, is a business. It has to do with money, the only time they care about the public is if there are butts in seats and the souvenirs are selling and the ticket sales ramp up.
Seattle, if you ask me, should not bother to have a professional sports team. The Seahawks, Mariners, and Sonics have all threatened to move (heck, the very first season the Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee!), and two of those teams were saved at the last minute by Paul Allen, and Safeco Field. The Sonics had no chance from the start as soon as Clay Bennett bought the team. And now, the only men’s pro team to actually to win a title (let alone go to one more than once), is gone.
The only way they could be saved is if KeyArena was renovated, and sadly, this is what happens when you let the government get involved with stuff like this, it didn’t come. And living here for 3 years, the Washington government is still trying to figure out what the heck to do with the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
I always hate to see when a storied franchise is gone, but I’ve said it over and over again:
It’s a business.
If the people that have supported the Sonics want someone to blame, don’t blame Bennett, blame that dude that sold the team…what was his name again? Howard Something? You know, the Starbucks guy…..
To David Stern: Do you want your pants dry cleaned?