What Could Make It Change?
What a bummer of an afternoon on here, and then the Sonics settlement. I come here not to moan, or bang my fist anymore. I will not curse Stern because sorry, I like him more than the city I call home, flawed as he is. I still don't like Oklahoma City, except for records and UNLV tees. But as I told a Tulsa station right before the draft (I think they'd brought me on to fight about the trial), I just wanted it to be over. Clay Bennett is an asshole, and the city of Seattle has bigger sports fish to fry, like MLS. But none of that has to come back on the fans; both are viable NBA cities, deserve teams, and will have them sooner rather than later.
Seth, far more Seattle than I, pessimistically reminded me to look down in Charlotte. And you could argue that things are worse, since here the team itself was part of the city's identity and tradition, not just a successful team that instilled some civic pride. Still, Seattle keeps the colors and logo, which is (as Seth also said) could be the Browns all over again. And anyone thinking the Grizzlies are long for Memphis are hysterically optimistic.
To repeat something I've said a zillion times: Seattle didn't have interest in a losing team, especially once Bennett razed it. In OKC, the NBA will be the only show in town (like the Hornets once were). But all those wild crowds were feeding off of what the roving Hornets stood for, the initial novelty, and, oh yeah, Chris Paul. There will be a honeymoon, but if the team sucks or Bennett is an asshole to his own people—that's Charlotte all over again.
So congratulations Clay, you stole a team. Now you've got the daunting task of actually running one.
One a more sunny note, here are two videos I enjoyed: