It appears that the Sacramento Kings could very well be on their way toward a new home in the city of Seattle. However, can Seattle natives really be excited about acquiring an NBA team in the same shady way that they lost theirs to Oklahoma City?
Meanwhile, how should Thunder fans feel? This move by the Kings has the potential to release Oklahoma City from being considered as a “team-stealer,” somewhat erasing the wrong that was done to Seattle. But should that wrong be righted with another wrong inflicted on yet another fanbase?
Needless to say, these are sticky situations.
Oklahoma City has proven itself over the last half-decade in terms of being able to support an NBA franchise. The Thunder have the NBA’s best home-court advantage thanks to a rabid Oklahoma fanbase that is finally getting its pro sports thirst quenched.
Much like the way Seattle fans felt when the Supersonics were sold out from under them, Kings fans also have to feel blindsided by the prospects of losing their team.
Attendance and support for the team has not been great there recently, but there has also been very little to support.
While fanbases should ideally always give full support to their team, it is unfair of NBA franchises to put an inferior product out on the court and expect fans to support them just as much as they would if they were championship contenders.
Both Seattle fans and Oklahoma City fans were unfairly blamed when the Sonics left, each for different, ridiculous reasons. A similar situation will probably result if this sale goes through.
Fans in Sacramento will resent losing their team to Seattle, while also gaining a reputation as being unsupportive.
The question for Seattle now is this: can they really be OK with this happening?
These fans, many of whom have so passionately protested the loss of their team, will be gaining back a team in the same fashion. The same “under-the-table” dealings consisting of a fanbase having their team “stolen” from them.
Are you good with that, Seattle?
The answer is that Seattle fans really do not have a choice.
This is the state of the current NBA world that we live in. While an online petition has been started in Sacramento in hopes of convincing the NBA to give Seattle a brand-new expansion team, that situation seems very unlikely, especially if the NBA is unwilling to give a few other cities expansion teams to even things out.
This acquiring of the Kings is probably the only way that Seattle is going to get an NBA team anytime soon, and the NBA wants to be in Emerald City.
In these situations, one city has to be left out in the cold. Seattle will get its new team and will have to “forgive” Oklahoma City to avoid hypocrisy. Oklahoma City can be completely confident in having its own team.
Sadly though, Sacramento will be the next city in the line of those that will spend some time without getting to watch the best basketball in the world. Is it fair? Absolutely not, but it is today’s NBA.