NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics’ blogger Steve Lee talks about Gary Payton, his career in Seattle and the NBA, and his recent enshrinement into the NBA Hall of Fame. With roots in Oakland, Payton dazzled the northwest at Oregon State and eventually found himself as being the No. 2 Draft Pick by the Supersonics in the 1990 NBA Draft. The rest, as they like to say, is history.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics Blogger Peter Edlund wraps up his top five moments in time for the Sonics. Edlund recaps tales told by his grandparents about the 1979 championship team. He also remembers watching the 1996 championship team, which included franchise greats Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton. The team couldn’t take down Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, but that doesn’t stop him from adding it to the list.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Sonics Blogger Jonas Hyde tells us to have patience, the Sonics will return to the NBA. It may not be for a couple years, but with the plan that Chris Hansen cemented with the city, it seems that he didn’t expect immediate results either. But, with the outgoing David Stern, the NBA will be in the hands of Adam Silver, who has said himself he wants the NBA to return to Seattle. So don’t hold your breath as Jonas says, we will see our Sonics back again in the very near future.
PROUD Seattle SuperSonics blogger Brandon Choate gives us a glimpse into the mind of a suffering Sonics fan. After the attempt to buy and relocate the Sacramento Kings to Seattle failed, fans were left wondering why. Brandon points his finger at the #1 enemy – David Stern. Between using his power for the wrong reasons and being childish at the same time, Stern managed to leave Seattle fans even more angry than before.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox takes us on a trip down memory lane, recapping the final season of the I-5 Rivalry between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Supersonics. Kevin Durant, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Ladridge all had solid performances that year. The two teams split the series 2-2. Durant and Greg Oden were going to be the two players to renew the rivalry, but the injury-plagued career of Oden and the sale of the Sonics put those thoughts to rest, at least temporarily.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox gives us all a Portlander’s perspective on the situation regarding the Seattle Supersonics and the Sacramento Kings. It’s easy to sympathize with the city of Seattle, as having a team and a player like Kevin Durant ripped away would be devastating. However, empathizing with the city of Sacramento can’t be ignored, as Portlanders would fight to the death to keep their team.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the decision that was made today by the NBA Board of Governors to deny relocation of the Sacramento Kings. A huge victory for the city of Sacramento, the NBA Board of Governors voted 22-8 against relocation. And while that was a tough blow for Seattle fans to soak in, today was much more than trying to get the Kings, it was also a day when we could potentially hear about the likelihood of NBA expansion into Seattle.
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson gets you up to date on the hilarity that has become Sacramento’s attempt to keep their Kings and the way they have called out the city of Seattle. “This was the middle finger to Sacramento,” writes Voison. “This was scummy and dirty, was over the top and down in the gutter, and frankly was a classic example of why so many folks are turned off by professional sports. What do you tell the kids? Seriously.”
NWSB Editor and Insider Chris Anderson talks about the rumors of the Sacramento Kings being sold to Seattle. Though there were early reports coming from the daughter of NBA agent David Falk that the Kings were being sold to Seattle (which were quickly dismissed), Seattle having a basketball team in 2013 became more concrete when Adrian Wojnarowski, a reporter for Yahoo! Sports, tweeted that the two sides were very close to an agreement.
NWSB insider Brandon Choate gets nostalgic today. With all the recent happenings in the fight to bring an NBA team back to Seattle, it tends to bring up old memories and open old wounds. Brandon opens that can of worms today and explains why he, as well as most others,still love their Seattle Sonics basketball team.
NWSB insider Jared Galde brings us an update on the Seattle Arena Proposal by Chris Hansen and his team of investors. He tells us there is five really good reasons to love Chris Hansen, and the SonicsArena group. Chris Hansen is one of us, literally. Hansen has faced every bit of opposition carefully, methodically and with patience. He’s a hero, a saint and a visionary. The Sonics will rise again.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics blogger Brandon Choate tells us the five players that make up his all time starting team in the next chapter of our Moments In Time series on Northwest sports teams. The players mentioned on this list include: Nate McMillan, Jack Sikma, Fred Brown, Shawn Kemp, and Gary Payton. That sounds like a dream team to me!