Root for the ... SuperSonics? | Keegan Prosser | Reporter's Notebook
June 14, 2012 · Updated 4:16 PM
I will be the first person to admit that I’m not extremely sports savvy. Sure, I grew up with two older brothers who’ve played sports since before I can remember - and I’m pretty sure I attended my first basketball game at about three weeks old.
Having said this, I was raised, the only daughter in a family of sports nuts, to be loyal to my Seattle teams. The Huskies? Check. The Seahawks? Duh. The Seattle SuperSonics? OF COURSE. So when Howard Schultz up and sold our Sonics to Clay Bennett four years ago - and allowed him to take the team to Oklahoma (for a hefty pay out, no less), I was among the brokenhearted.
I get it. Seattle fans are mad. Heck, I’m mad. But I’m still not convinced that, during the NBA Finals this week, I shouldn’t be cheering for the Sonics - err - Oklahoma City Thunder.
I’ve heard the arguments: Oklahoma City doesn’t deserve the title. They’ve faced no adversity, they’ve had players (like the team) handed to them, and among other things, the fans are spiteful. The “Thanks Seattle,” shirt that came out of OKC was tasteless - and while I don’t support the death threats that led to its demise, I was more than thrilled to see said shirt be pulled from the web.
I’ve also seen the flip side: The it’s-not-Oklahoma’s-fault-blame-Howard-Schultz point of view. I agree. But it doesn’t make it hurt any less. Fans in the Greater Seattle Area were loyal to the Sonics, if not a bit lax when it came to ticket sales. And simply put, the players that took OKC to the finals this year, are, more or less, the same players that could have taken Seattle to the same ends. Yes, Kevin Durant, a three-time NBA scoring champion and a three-time member of the All NBA First Team, was drafted a Sonic.
Again, I get it. People don’t root for a single player - they root for a team, a franchise. And in rooting for the love-to-hate-em Miami Heat, we’re rooting against the team that left us in the dirt. But is that really the lesser of two evils? I don’t think it is.
In a pairing that can be summed up as the “worst possible match-up for fans in the Pacific Northwest,” it’s clear that there isn’t really a “right” team to root for: If Oklahoma wins, Seattle loses. If Oklahoma loses, the “evil empire” that is the Miami Heat wins. So what’s a girl to do?
I guess I’ll root for the Seattle Supersonics.
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