Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Supersonics former player Gary Payton speaks to the media after the 2013 basketball hall of fame finalists press conference at the Hilton Americas. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

When Will the NBA, Seattle SuperSonics Return to Seattle?

The Glove. Shawn Kemp back when he was in shape. Detlef Schrempf hitting dagger 3’s. Those were the good old days. The Seattle SuperSonics and the Utah Jazz had many battles in the early to mid-90’s when both teams were battling for Western Conference supremecy and the right to lose to Michael Jordan in the NBA Finals. Their meetings were classic. The older guard vs. the new guard. The trash talking Gary Payton vs. the business like John Stockton. Seattle left Jazz fans heartbroken at the end of the 1995-96 season when they beat the Jazz 4-3 in the Western Conference Finals. Not only did that team feature the 3 players already mentioned, it also had the help of Nate McMillan, Hershey Hawkins, and Sam “The Man” Perkins who enjoyed helping Schrempf out in the 3 point dagger department.  Luckily for the Jazz, we didn’t have to worry about the Sonics on our way to the NBA Finals the next 2 seasons.

As a Jazz fan, I made it a point to never miss a Jazz-Sonics game. I knew those games would be entertaining, exhilarating, and either heart breaking or glorious. I miss the Seattle SuperSonics. It’s time for them to return to the NBA. It just doesn’t make any sense that the city that is home to the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, and to over half a million people does not have an NBA team. The Seattle television market is the 13th largest in the country!! You have to think the NBA is starving to get back there. Having a team in Seattle is good for the NBA and good for the Western United states. As it stands the NBA is too East Coast. Only 8 teams play in the Mountain/Pacific time zones. That’s 8 out of 30 NBA teams. The Western US deserves to be represented better and the 13th largest TV market in the country deserves an NBA team.

I’m ecstatic for Sacramento, and Sacramento Kings fans! Congratulations on having one more step taken your way as a NBA ownership committee announced today they will recommend that the Kings stay in Sacramento. As a fan of a fellow small market team, I’m glad to see your team is staying put. You root passionately for them and you deserve to have them. I’m also a big proponent of stability and giving small market communities a team to rally around.  I don’t like seeing teams move unless it’s absolutely in the best interest of the franchise and the league (i.e. no fan support). Now having said that…..

Maybe it’s time for the Charlotte Bobcats to relocate to Seattle. I’m sure this ownership group from Seattle could put the same offer on the table for Charlotte and the league would listen. It would give the West another team and voice in this league. Let’s face it, this is a franchise that could use some new blood. New ownership could provide the direction and plan this franchise needs to develop into a competitive team. From what I hear, attendance at the games is terrible and rightly so because the team is horrible. Maybe a breath of fresh Pacific Ocean air is what this franchise needs to start trending upward. Sure the state of the team isn’t great right now, but with new leadership and direction it could be turned into a team the people of Seattle can proudly claim as their Sonics.

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