Getting to live in a city with an NBA team is a privilege, not a right, and it’s something that can be taken away at the drop of a hat. Just ask Seattle. I’m no lawyer, so I can’t write about all the legal aspects that went into the move of a franchise from their city, but I can write about the heartbreak of losing part of your city’s identity.
How long does it take to get over that? To watch your team find success in a completely different part of the country? To think that Kevin Durant should be lighting up Key Arena? It’s only been three years, but a charity event played in Seattle last weekend showed that the city definitely misses the NBA. Thousands of people busted out their green and yellow jerseys to prove that they’ve remained loyal to the Sonics.
So with no immediate plans for expansion, how does the city cope? How do they watch charity basketball events but not go out afterwards and punch a hole in the wall because they need more than just a taste? They had a team for 40 years and then all of a sudden, it was gone.
For now, I think they just have to be Thunder fans. Or, if that’s too hard to swallow, they have to drop the NBA and throw all their energy into the Seattle Seahawks. no comments