How come the sonics can break their multi-million dollar lease and I can't break my lease on a 575 dollar studio with cockroaches and fucking bedbugs.
Do you honestly think Sports Illustrated would jeopardize their relationship with the NBA by praising Seattle for standing up to them?
Sour fucking grapes. National attention may give you a chubby, but it's not doing anything for me. It's certainly not something I can root for six months a year.
And dollars to donuts the attention goes to Nickels, not the City generally, and that's a bad thing. That man needs more exposure like the Sonics need a new arena.
David Stern says he's going to make an example of Seattle. I say it's the other way around. Seattle is making an example of the NBA.
Charles Barkley was wearing a Save Our Sonics t-shirt on ESPN the other night. For what that's worth.
I'd like to hear what the players union thinks about the move to Oklahoma City. Has that been said? If so, can someone give me a link to it?
What NBA player is going to want to play in Oklahoma CIty? I think Durant is going to get out of there as quick as possible.
great point josh. this will continue to happen until major cities refuse to tolerate it, and see it for what it is.
It is a consolation prize, but it is true
@ 3 that Nickels would take credit then talk about the weather some more.
Save us, please, from self-appointed, self-important, self-righteous, self-promoting LAMERS who insist on telling us what Seattle NEEDS to do.
What will it make us, Josh, a "world-class city?" We don't need props from SI or anybody else.
Instead of an NBA team, start a "Seattle Globetrotters" touring team to serve as our international ambassadors of goodwill and zany courtside antics. Yeah, that's the ticket!
Sick of all the pro-sports extortion. Scratching one's ass is more important.
Go to fucking Jeebusland, where they can bathe in wholesomeness.
The only story national sports media see is the city and state playing the game of put the turd in the others pocket.
Neither side wants to take the blame when the Sonics leave town. It's been one failure of leadership after another for four years.
Josh, this is not how you draw attention to your idea of a noble cause. Probably because their really hasn't been anything noble going on -- just elected officials ducking the issue and trying to blame someone else.
The only reason to keep the Sonics is because it might be a reason for Thierry Henry to spend a season or two with the Sounders.
Maybe they can just keep their lease and then go when Titi retires. I'd approve of that.
@12, what? What in the world are you talking about? Does Mr. Henry refuse to play in cities with no basketball teams or something?
The city should sue to keep the name Seattle Sonics if the team tries to break the lease.
Revenge is a dish best served with ultra-hot spices and water, no milk.
Henry’s a big basketball fan, and friends with Tony Parker.
@15 don't you mean keeping the name "Sonics"?
Because it's pretty much a given that the name will change from "Seattle Sonics" to "Oklahoma Sonics" the instant the contract is void.
@13: what 15 said. My thought is if he's in the US, he'll want to watch some NBA. So an area with an NBA team might win over an area without an NBA team if they're both offering the same kind of deal.
Not that Thierry Henry will come here anyway, Sonics or no, but it's a nice daydream.
@14, yeah, that'll show Clay Bennett and those greedy NBA owners! I can't WAIT to see the looks on their face when they find out they can't use the Sonics name in a different city! Then they'll really be screwed and we'll have our revenge!
@16 ... no, I meant the city owns the name Seattle Sonics.
They can call themselves the Oklahoma Sonics until the cows come home, for all I care.
For that to be the story requires too short of a memory. Even if it were spun as standing up to the NBA, we've still given too much money to the NFL and MLB in the recent past to make this about principle. Seattle and WA don't have a problem subsidizing sports. Just some sports, like basketball. To anyone in the national sports press, it will just look that way, because that's the way it is.
I wish the NBA would just GO already! David Stern can lick my ass crack. I will never support pro basketball in North America again.
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