Last night in Oklahoma City some salt was once again poured into the festering wound of Seattle basketball fans.
Because of the ineptitude of local officials in the city of Seattle and the inaction of state government in Washington state, the state of Oklahoma celebrated their first professional playoff victory last night over the Los Angeles Lakers.
I could be the typical bitter Seattle basketball fan and rag on the state of Oklahoma, the players, the fans, ect, but I won't. We know the travesty that happened two years ago, we know how Seattle feels, we know how the rest of the country is apathetic to our plight.
Enough is enough and this now a time for action.
The New Orleans Hornets are available and talks with the most likely person to buy them have fallen through.
I'm not sure what has happened with discussions between George Shinn and Gary Chouest, but they are currently at an “impasse” and Shinn is looking for other potential buyers for the Hornets.
This is where Steve Ballmer, Jim Sinegal and John Stanton need to step in.
The group is worth roughly $20 billion, have stated that they are huge basketball fans and love their region. From what I've heard they still have offered to contribute $150 million to renovate Key Arena.
I do not know if the $75 million from the city is still on the table, but I would probably say no, since new mayor, Mike McGinn, says no to everything and is another man of inaction.
Right now trying to gain public support to get a new arena done in the Seattle region is going to be very hard. There are a few things that basketball fans do have going for it though.
With the creation of the new King County Public Facilities District, there is a chance that some local tax dollars could be diverted to a new or renovated arena in the greater Seattle area. This was the work of a man of action, King County Executive, Dow Constantine.
NBA fans in Seattle need to start appealing to Mr. Constantine and no one else on getting this arena issue done.
What if Mr. Constantine promised to start working on an arena solution? Would this give Stern enough confidence to allow Ballmer and company to buy, say the Hornets and move them to Seattle while we worked out all the details on the new or renovated arena?
It'd be a long shot, but I think Stern would be very open to the idea. After all his league is hemorrhaging money (projected over $400 million in losses) and his two marquee teams (Lakers and Cavs) in the playoffs got crushed in the ratings by the NFL draft.
Upgrading from the worst market into the top fifteen does make some sense financially.
New Orleans did a great job with the Hornets while they were there, but here is my proposal:
Seattle owners buy the Hornets, relocate them to Seattle and rename them the Supersonics. Seattle would then take back the history that OKC stole from us and OKC is regarded as a glorified expansion team and their history starts from 2008.
The Hornets history is rightfully returned to Charlotte and the Bobcats renamed the Hornets.
To me, this is a very sound solution. Charlotte gets their team name, colors and history back, Seattle gets the same and everyone is happy. Even New Orleans! Sure a few thousand may be upset, but tell me they still don't have a silly smile on their face from the Saints winning a Super Bowl?
I'm sorry, but it would be hard for most people to feel bad for you if this scenario were to happen when you consider the fact that your football team just won the biggest championship in the world and that the basketball team you currently have really doesn't belong there anyways.
Now, with all that in mind I do realize all of this is an absolute long shot and has a 99.9998 percent chance of not happening.
Seattle, it's time to stop being bitter and it's time for some action. We need to write more emails and do more rallies where the green and gold is displayed so that our voices can be heard.
Seattle basketball fans, please stop complaining on websites and message boards and turn those voices toward our leaders on a daily basis. They cannot ignore our demands forever and eventually we will be heard.
Also, if you haven't watch Sonicsgate (http://www.sonicsgate.org), do so immediately.