Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins Forced To Change Uniform Number After Trade

Kip ArneyCorrespondent IMarch 4, 2011

What number did Kendrick Perkins wear in Boston?


What number is he wearing in Oklahoma City?


Why? No one on the current roster has that number.

Oh, cause the Thunder retired the No. 43 back in 1992 after it was worn by Jack Sikma.

No wait, that was the Seattle SuperSonics.

This is so dumb.

Do fans in Oklahoma take pride in Jack Sikma's career? Do they think of him as the great seven-time All-Star that he was?

Or what about the other numbers that are retired in the Sonics history that now belongs to Oklahoma City?

Is Mr. Sonic, Nate McMillan, now known as Mr. Thunder? Or course not.

This whole issue was brought to my attention when I heard Berry Tramel, a reporter from Oklahoma, on a Seattle sports radio station discussing how he had written a blog about how Perkins should be allowed to wear that number. And that all numbers the Sonics retired before the transition to Oklahoma City should be available for use.

And I agree.

Retired numbers and names are connected to the city name that everyone sees on the jersey. Not the team name.

You will never see a No. 20 jersey hung in the rafters even though it should be for Gary Payton, one of the greatest Sonics of all time. And if you do, that's a shame, and Gary Payton has already come out and said he would not attend if the Thunder decided to do so.

Do Oklahoma City fans have any care for what happened with the Thunder before they became the Thunder? Do they boast their chests saying they have an NBA championship trophy from the 78-79 season, that included the previously mentioned Jack Sikma?

I'm not ripping the fans of Oklahoma City. I just wonder if they care? Do they want to see jerseys and conference and NBA title banners hung in the rafters of Oklahoma City Arena like they were in Seattle inside Key Arena?

I always thought once history took place, it was stationary. You can't change the location of a historic battle or monumental event. The history of the Seattle Sonics took place in Seattle. So what good does is it to celebrate it in Oklahoma City?

Let Kendrick Perkins wear 43, and let all numbers be available.

Because no matter how many times the Thunder are claimed to be a continuation of the Sonics, I'll never accept it.