The Seattle Blazer: OKC Thunder Visit Rose Garden for the First Time
Six months have passed since my Supersonics packed their bags and moved South to Oklahoma City. Since then, the Blazers have grown on me, and I now consider myself a fan.
Last week, these two teams collided for the first time since the big move. I couldn't even watch. When I quickly flipped to the game and saw Earl Watson and Kevin Durant, I was reminded of what used to be.
It made it even worse when the Thunder won the game. Now the two will meet this Wednesday in Portland, a game that I originally planned on going to.
However, after seeing Portland and Oklahoma play, the idea didn't resonate well with me.
I just don't think I could stomach seeing the team that I was loyal to for so many years playing for a new city, especially because I would be rooting against them and for my new team, Portland.
I know lots of former Sonics fan will be making the trip down I-5 to get some chants of "Let's Go Sonics!" going, but I know I wouldn't be able to watch. It's hard enough to watch the highlights of the team that was taken from me, let alone going to watch them for a few hours.
As for the key matchups in the game, I look for Brandon Roy to continue playing well, and dictate the pace of Portland's offense. I'd be thrilled to get 10 and 10 out of Greg Oden, who was utterly out-shined by Durant in last week's loss in OKC.
The Thunder are doing well as of late, mostly due to Durant's supporting cast playing better. They're out of the cellar in the West, and the talk of worst team ever is way in the past.
Regardless, I didn't feel an ounce of compassion when the Thunder were 2-30 or whatever. I'm hoping karma shows up come the draft lotto. It's going to take a number of years before I'll be able to watch them play a game, and accept that they are in fact gone.
I think these two teams meeting in Portland will always draw former Sonics fans, and in a few years, the Blazers will likely be one of the best teams in the league, and if I had to guess, I'd say Oklahoma City is on the rise too.
These two teams will eternally be linked for the rivalry that was, and the Durant-versus-Oden saga that all NBA fans crave. As for now though, I'm going to sit this one out, because I'm still licking my wounds from my Supes leaving.
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