Sports Where’s Willie Mays Hayes When You Need Him?
posted by November 12 at 14:12 PMon
How deliberate is the Sonics ownership acting in trying to split town? I went to Key Arena last night without tickets and wound up in the back of a ticket-buying line of hundreds and hundreds of people. My friends and I arrived 30 minutes before tip-off and got our tickets after a 30 minute wait in line. Reason? Only three out of eight ticket sales booths were staffed. For all of Clay Bennett’s whining about Key Arena being an insufficient facility, maybe the man should consider hiring sufficient staff while it’s still an NBA arena.
But worse than that is what happened once I got into the place. The Sonics players deserve all the credit in the world for mounting a near-comeback against the Detroit Pistons last night, but their loss by 4 points is all on coach P.J. Carlesimo, who yanked key players in the final minutes just as the Sonics returned from double-digit deficits to tie it up. The box score might say otherwise, but Green and West played where it counted in the fourth quarter, only to be thrown on the bench to watch the rest of the team blow the game. Worse, Robert Swift was allowed on the court for 12 boo-ridden minutes as he blew shots, rebounds and defensive series like some washed-up version of Shawn Bradley (and that’s saying something). Had he been yanked earlier, perhaps the Sonics wouldn’t have been down by 18 in the first place.
So let the conspiracy theories continue. What else have you seen in this 0-7 Sonics start that you consider a deliberate season spike? At least in the movie Major League, the Cleveland Indians had a spirited (if mustachioed) coach to fight the owners’ evil ways. At this rate, don’t expect Carlesimo to hoist up a locker room cardboard cut-out of Bennett in a bikini anytime soon.