Seattle TV Station Refers to Thunder Only as 'Former Sonics'

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2014

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 26:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Seattle SuperSonics looks on during the NBA game against the Golden State Warriors on February 26, 2008 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.  The Warriors won 105-99.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2008 NBAE  (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Six years later, the city where Kevin Durant began his NBA career is still hurt that the Seattle SuperSonics left town.

Durant, who was officially named the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player on Tuesday, and the Oklahoma City Thunder are currently battling the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the playoffs. Instead of being happy for the team, one Seattle television station—KIRO 7is refusing to acknowledge the existence of the "Thunder."

via KIRO 7

"The former Seattle SuperSonics are in the NBA playoffs. Throughout their run, KIRO 7 promises you we won’t say OKC or their team name in our newscasts," the station posted on its Facebook page

If the Thunder go on to win the 2013-14 NBA championship, it will be interesting to see how the television station treats the "former Sonics."  

[h/t Larry Brown Sports]