How Did I Get Here? A History of Franchise Movement In The NBA

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How Did I Get Here? A History of Franchise Movement In The NBA
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Kevin Durant is still torturing Seattle basketball fans

The Supersonics were the most recent team to pull off a major relocation when they packed their backs for Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2009.

After 41 years of basketball in Seattle, the outpouring of anger directed at team owner Clay Bennett was substantial, but they were hardly the first team to make such a move. In fact, the Sonics/Thunder were the 13th NBA team to change zip codes at least once in their history.

With the chances that the Kings could leave Sacramento growing by the month, I thought it a good time to look back at the history of NBA relocation.

While some teams, like the Thunder, chose to create a whole new identity when they moved, other teams retained the nicknames from their previous city resulting in some of those team names that just make no sense. Two perfect examples are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz.

These slides are concerned only with NBA teams, so you won't find the Dallas Chaparrals (San Antonio Spurs) on this list. Nor will you find the New York Nets, since they played just one season in New York before moving a few miles south to New Jersey.

I hope you enjoy.

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