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 Ben Lypka looks at former Vancouver Grizzlies players and ranks which ones went on to have the most successful post-Vancouver days. Greg Anthony, Shareef Abdul-Rahim, Antonio Daniels, Mike Bibby and Bryant Reeves all make the list. We’re approaching 12 years since the Grizzlies moved to the bustling metropolis of Memphis.
NWSB Editor Bryant Knox profiles Northwest athlete Luke Ridnour. After a successful high school career in Washington, the point guard became a star with the Oregon Ducks. He went to the Elite 8, won Pac-10 Player of the Year and eventually returned to Washington when drafted by the Seattle Supersonics. Ridnour has spent time in the NBA with the MInnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks, but he will always be a product of the Pacific Northwest.
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 Supersonics’ blogger Peter Edlund gives us his top 5 Sonics moments in time, well 5-3 in this edition at least. A great look at a fan throughout his childhood, and the memories that he attached to each game on the list. Starting from a very young age, not knowing if it were real or not, to a high school aged Peter enjoying hearing a player get the business from his coach. Good times were definitely had by the Edlund family at the Key.
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.
NWSB Insider and Seattle SuperSonics blogger Chris Hall brings us his top four memories Sonics memories growing up. While Chris was just a youngster during the hey days of the Sonics, he does bring us the Western Conference Championship team of ’96, plus some other truly great memories including the last banner to be won by the team in 2005. And what kind of Sonics piece would this be without taking the obligatory jab at Clay Bennett and the team formerly know as the Seattle SuperSonics.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Supersonics’ blogger Peter Edlund talks about the next step in the saga between the Sacramento Kings and Seattle’s group. While a congratulations are offered to the Kings and their fan base for rallying around the franchise and getting a deal done, a large use of public funds that has citizens questioning the new arena now looms for a city that may not have full support for an NBA team. What will Seattle do if this continues to play out?
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 talks about Oklahoma City’s recent use of Macklemore’s hit song ‘Can’t Hold Us’ and how it has sparked a response from the Seattle rapper. Aside from vocalizing his support for Seattle sports teams, Macklemore is also a good friend of Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and has been an avid supporter of bringing the Supersonics back. Performing at the Sonics’ rally that was held awhile back, Macklemore recently showed his support for the Sonics’ cause at Seattle’s ‘We Day’.