Is Basketball Done For in Seattle?

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IJuly 30, 2008

With the Supersonics officially moving to Oklahoma City, basketball fans all around the country, especially in Seattle, are asking "will Seattle ever become a basketball city again?"

When one looks at both the Seattle Supersonics and the Seattle Mariners, an apparent theme emerges. Both teams have had one or two dynamite seasons, only to slip and slide into the most feared phase of any professional sports franchise: Rebuilding.

It was only five years ago that the Sonics were playoff contenders, posting a 52-30 record, the best since the 1996 year in which they won 64 games. They were coached by longtime Sonics great Nate McMillan, but once he left things started to slide.

Can a coach really make that big of an impact on a team? It's even harder of a question to ask when Seattle had a big four of Luke Ridnour, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, and Nick Collison. But when McMillan left, the Sonics left the playoffs, and haven't returned since.

There is one thing that the city of Seattle and Washington can do to bring back basketball to the state: build a better arena. It's perplexing to think that it hadn't happened already, when the two other major sports franchises, the Mariners and Seahawks, have state of the art stadiums.

If the city of Seattle can front up enough dough to either build a new arena, or significantly improve Key Arena, then maybe, just maybe, basketball can return to the city, that so dearly loved their Sonics.