Russell Wilson Campaigns on Twitter to Bring SuperSonics Back to Seattle

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2016

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in action against the St. Louis Rams in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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Seattle's fight to bring the NBA back to the Emerald City picked up a major supporter Tuesday night, when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson voiced his desire to see the return of the SuperSonics.

In a pair of tweets, the Super Bowl-winning signal-caller urged Seattle to push even harder for the resurrection of the Sonics:

Russell Wilson @DangeRussWilson

Baffling this amazing city doesn't have the #SuperSonics Bring them back! Seattle Loves Basketball! Seattle deserves a @NBA team πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

Russell Wilson @DangeRussWilson

Seattle, Lets stand up & fight to get our team back! The stadium would sell out every game! Let's start a petition Seattle! @NBA #WhyNotUs

Wilson's comments came on the heels of the Seattle City Council's rejection of entrepreneur Chris Hansen's request Monday to control part of Occidental Avenue South in order to build a new arena meant to spur the creation of an NBA expansion team or lure an existing franchise to the city, according to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

Per Eric Mandel of MyNorthwest.com, 710 ESPN Seattle's Danny O'Neil believes the vote was a major setback for the hopes of an NBA return to the city:

It's certainly a significant blow. My opinion is this was already a longshot project at this point, that they were going to land an NBA team or start building with all private money. I did not think that the likelihood of this resulting in an arena or teams was very high. At the same time I was still surprised that the decision was made in many ways by the city council to pull the plug now.

Former Sonics announcer Kevin Calabro agreed with that assessment:

Kevin Calabro @KevinCalabro

Wish I could say I'm shocked. I'm not. Interested now on what the plan is moving forward. Imo this sets NBA back at least 60 months.

The SuperSonics were an NBA fixture from 1967 until they moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder in 2008.

With one championship and three trips to the NBA Finals to their credit, the Sonics enjoyed a great deal of success in Seattle.

Seattle is home to what is considered one of the NFL's most raucous fanbases, and Wilson is of the belief that an NBA franchise would cultivate a similar following.

Although Wilson is masterful on the football field when it comes to making something out of nothing, there is likely little he can do about Seattle's NBA situation until the council budges from its current stance.

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