It’s been two years since the Seattle SuperSonics magically transmorphed in to the Oklahoma City Thunder. ‘Twas a traumatic event for Washingtonians, and they’re still feeling it today. The Thunder are the hottest young team in the history of hot young teams. Kevin Durant is a huge star at the tender age of 22. Even Nenad Krstic is on the cover of Sports Illustrated, despite whipping a chair in to the face of an opponent two months ago. Big things are happening for the franchise formerly known as the Sonics.

In response to this amazing prosperity, Seattle fans are doing what they do best — wearing green and gold. From a Sonicsgate press release:

A group of “never say die” Seattle SuperSonics fans will travel to The Rose Garden in Portland for the nationally televised TrailBlazers vs. Thunder game on Thursday, Nov. 4.  With no current NBA team to cheer for, these fans will wear the Sonics team colors, green and gold, to demonstrate their support for bringing the defunct NBA franchise back to Seattle.

The filmmakers behind the acclaimed documentary “Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team” encourage all Northwest basketball fans to wear Sonics colors at the game to honor the once proud NBA franchise and show support for bringing a team back to Seattle.  The film’s director Jason Reid and producer Adam Brown will be in attendance and available for interviews.

“We know we will never get our team that was robbed from us back, and it hurts to see Kevin Durant become the best young player in the league on an exciting, competitive team that should be playing in Seattle right now,” Reid said.  “But as basketball fans living in the best basketball city in the nation, we have to remind both our local elected officials and the league that we supported the NBA in Seattle for 41 years.  Bring back our Seattle SuperSonics!”

Losing a team has to suck, but it’s still kind of awesome that these bros are passionate about their team two years after the fact. Showing up to a Trail Blazers game in Sonics colors isn’t going to change anything — which they know — yet these guys are still adamant about giving love to a now-defunct franchise. It might be pointless, but it’s still cool. Keep the faith, guys.

Of course, if there had been a few thousand more fans this dedicated to going to Sonics games, this whole thing might have been avoided in the first place. Oh, well, hindsight is 20/20.

Comments (13)

  1. “Of course, if there had been a few thousand more fans this dedicated to going to Sonics games, this whole thing might have been avoided in the first place. Oh, well, hindsight is 20/20.”

    it wasn’t the fans fault. there was never a lack of support.

    interest waned because a crappy product was put on the floor and marketing hid young talent from the media. the public wouldn’t fund a ridiculous tax and, as much as i HATE HATE HATE that the sonics aren’t there anymore, I’m proud of our city—NOT the politicians or the businessmen or anyone else that caused this embarrassing debacle—for standing up to bullies like Clay and Stern and Shultz… just sucks that the integrity cost us our team.

    man. posts like this just wrench the pain right back out. !@#$

  2. Jesus. It kills me that there are people who write about the NBA for a living that still settle for such lazy gerneralizations. Lack of fan support had nothing to do with the Sonics being hijacked from Seattle.

  3. if it wasn’t a lack of fan support that propelled the sonics to leave seattle, could someone please explain specifically why they left? because im a bit confused in that case

  4. Trey and Nick, the Sonicsgate documentary lays out all of the reasons behind the team ending up in OKC. It’s available free online and I recommend it so you know where to actually assign blame.

    If you want to blame someone, you could blame Howard Schultz for running the team into the ground during his time in charge. Blame the group of investors who used Seattle businessmen as a front for Clay Bennett buying the team. Blame the OKC investors and Bennett who violated their good faith obligation to keep the team in Seattle by doing even more damage than Schultz. Blame the league for playing multiple sides off one another to keep league-wide franchise values artificially high on the subsidies of taxpayers and ignoring the history of the team. Blame the politicians who screwed up the arena situation, bungled the trial, and eventually caved to Clay Bennett with a lame 11th hour settlement. But to solely blame the fans? Give me a break.

  5. Schultz seems like a huge asshole for selling the team on business principles. To think it’s OK to sell a professional sports team because it’s losing money seems insane and only a shitty person could do it. He treated the Sonics like an investment.

    Then, the WA state government didn’t care because the city was going broke and was focused on more immediate shitty problems, and the mayor, who everyone thought sucked at everything, didn’t care either. Not until after the team was gone did he care, same with Schultz– the nerve.

    Then, the fans, who left like 1000 seats empty the past decade probably.

    So really, the fans got it the worst.

  6. Oh, forgot Stern, who demanded the city rebuild Key Arena or something. Which the city tried to put on the state and the state was like NO.

  7. pouring some out for the supersonics. best quotes ive heard to describe a sonics fan feelings right now: “i know youll be a star in someone elses sky, but why oh why cant it be mine?”


  9. Guys, this was a compliment to Sonics fans who are obviously crazy about their team. That being said, in the last season in Seattle, the team was 28th in attendance and were 20th or lower the previous 5 seasons. If they were selling out every night, moving the team isn’t as likely.

    Yes, they got shafted. No doubt about it. That’s why I think it’s cool that there are still Sonic crazies out there.

  10. If it were all about fan support Trey you would not be here.

  11. Trey, it is difficult to accept this as a compliment when the last paragraph implies the fans are responsible for the franchise leaving. This is a sore subject for a lot of Sonics fans and throwing blame at them does no good.

    Again, I suggest you take a look at the documentary to better inform your opinion. Saying it would all be different if a couple thousand more fans showed up is wrong – average attendance was always at or over 90% of its 17000 seat capacity until the lame duck last season – neglects the issues of how the team was operated and how the NBA makes its money and props up franchise values. Not to get all ominous, but if it could happen here it could probably happen anywhere.

  12. getting a block of knicks vs. zombie sonics tickets to roll through in full on green and gold. too bad its a knicks game and no one will give a shit anyway

  13. sheesh. who care ??
    teams move. they dont owe you anything.
    get over it, guys.

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