Seattle Supersonics: Rivalries That Will Emerge from Team's Possible Return

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIJanuary 10, 2013

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The possible return of the Seattle Supersonics—which is the only logical name for a new team—is great news for the Pacific Northwest. It's even better for NBA fans, because now we can see the return of some of the league's best rivalries.

The Supersonics were never the NBA's most successful team, but that didn't stop them from making plenty of enemies.

With plenty of years for fans to stew in their own contempt, here are some exciting rivalries sure to emerge with a return of the NBA to Seattle.

Los Angeles Lakers

No one in the Pacific Northwest has ever liked the Lakers. Not the Trail Blazers, and certainly not the Supersonics.

Seattle and LA used to have a great rivalry. No matter what regular attendance was like, when the Lakers were in town you could be sure that the Key Arena would be packed.

The Lakers have attempted to push the rivalry onto the Thunder, but it's fallen short of the what was once there with Seattle.

Even more interesting is the dynamic introduced by the Sacramento Kings.

LA and Sacramento have never been huge fans of one another. Now that the Kings are moving to Seattle it would make the rivalry all the more heated heated.

Someone get Gary Payton on the phone, it's time for some trash talking.

Portland Trail Blazers

The 1-5 rivalry used to be one of the Pacific Northwest's best, with Portland and Seattle throwing civility out the window when these two teams would meet.

When the original Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City, Portland continued the rivalry. But no doubt the return of a team to Seattle would reignite the long standing tradition.

Go to any college or MLS game and you can see how these two states love to root against one another in the battle for Pacific Northwest supremacy.

With both cities adopting hipster trends, one can only imagine how weird fans will get to try and top one another.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Perhaps the most interesting emerging rivalry of them all would be between Seattle and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

While the Supersonics moved to Oklahoma City, fans from Seattle have never welcomed the team with open arms.

Whenever the Thunder comes to play in Portland, there's sure to be fans in Sonics gear rooting against OKC.

There's plenty of hate for the city that stole away the Supersonics from Seattle.

If a team were to return, no doubt they would play in the Northwest division. Meaning these two teams would play each other often.

With loathing hearts, there's no doubt Supersonic fans would love the opportunity to show the Thunder what kind of fans they're missing out on.


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