Northwest Sports News: Supersonics Basketball Headlines
A year ago, the remake of the smash-hit basketball game NBA Jam left Seattle Supersonics fans outraged. The Sonics were left off the game roster due to “licensing issues.”
But EA Sports is singing a different tune this time around. On Monday, it announced that the powerhouse Seattle Supersonics of the 1990s would return in this year’s NBA Jam: On Fire Edition.
Legends like Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf are back.
In the Pacific Northwest, the Reign Man himself, Shawn Kemp, and Detlef Schrempf were the go-to tandem when NBA Jam first arrived on consoles in the early 1990s. Schrempf dropped down the three-balls and Kemp provided the “boomshakalaka,” backboard-shattering dunks. In the NBA Jam: Tournament Edition era, Gary Payton was the guy most Sonics fans paired with Kemp.
The return of the Sonics begs the question: is this a precursor to a possible NBA return? Rumors ran rampant halfway through the 2010-11 season that the New Orleans Hornets would fold up shop and head to the Emerald City to become the Seattle Supersonics.
Any team would do for us, as the NBA has already made it clear that the Sonics’ lore, including all franchise records, would remain intact should the team return.
We know the Sonics alumni want a comeback. Heck, Safeco Field just hosted “Sonics Celebration Night,” featuring Kemp, Payton, and even former coach George Karl.
If the city still celebrates a team that no longer exists, surely there’s still a market for basketball there.
Maybe the looming NBA lockout will provide the league with enough time to ponder a Sonics comeback in more than just NBA Jam.