Seattle fans, at least, are rooting for the Miami Heat

No Heat hate in Seattle, where spurned SuperSonics fans openly root for Miami

6/12/12 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   488 respect

Blog Photo - Seattle fans, at least, are rooting for the Miami HeatIt goes without saying that most NBA fans outside Miami have a healthy hatred for the Heat. With their "Not one, not two, not three"-boasting Big Three, their flopping diva style of play, and their late-arriving fan base, the Heat are the NBA team America loves to hate.

But it should not go without saying that most NBA fans outside Miami hate the Heat. It's not true. In Seattle, for instance, that endangered species called Seattle Supersonics fans are openly rooting for the defeat of the team that brusquely relocated on them in 2008, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

SuperSonics fans -- is that what you prefer to be called? Or would be prefer to be called "Sonics fans"? Please realize, I'm just trying to be respectful and properly retro here.

The animosity is directed mostly towards Thunder owner Clay Bennett. Bennett bought the Sonics in 2006, did not get his free $500 million arena in Seattle, and promptly moved the franchise to Oklahoma City. Now Bennett has that franchise in the NBA Finals, and the city of Seattle seems like they will collectively throw up in their mouth a little should Bennett win a trophy with their dearly departed basketball team.

Blog Photo - Seattle fans, at least, are rooting for the Miami HeatSeattle's hatred of the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise is both understandable and charmingly hilarious. "If I saw Thunder owner/Sonic hijacker Clayton Bennett approaching on foot, I would cold-cock him, consequences be damned," writes Mike Seely in the Seattle Weekly.

You can publish a threat of physical violence toward Clay Bennett in Seattle, and nothing bad will happen to you! That is just awesome.

Danny O'Neil writes in the Seattle Times, "My favorite team in this year's NBA playoffs has been anyone playing the Thunder, but even that doesn't quite capture the emotional desperation of my fear that the franchise formerly known as the Sonics is going to win the title this year."

"I couldn't care less about all the artificial ingredients that have been superglued together in Miami because I can't stomach the alternative that has grown organically in Oklahoma," O'Neil says, capturing the mood among Sonics Nation.

The comments in that article are some of the most delightful animus you will read today. "I'm rooting that the NBA collapses into ruin," says one, "Other than that, I guess I'd rather see the Heat win than the Thunder."

Another vents, "Now after a few years I have to watch a bunch of mouth-breathing, woven belt wearing, light baby blue jean having, melon heads celebrate a championship in their Stripmall USA city?"

Many fans sympathize with Cleveland Cavaliers fans, whom LeBron James spurned to take his you-know-whats to you-know-where. Adam Brown, a Seattle filmmaker who co-produced the documentary "SonicsGate" argues that Sonics fans were given a far more raw deal.

"In 'The Decision', (Cleveland) lost one superstar player,” Brown told ESPN's J.A. Adande. “In Seattle, we lost an equal superstar player in Kevin Durant and our entire franchise with a 41-year history."

To be fair, there is a move afoot to put an NBA franchise in Seattle. Seattle mayor Mike McGinn met with NBA commissioner David Stern for that very reason earlier this week.

Seattle certainly ought to have an NBA franchise. The Sonics played in Seattle for 41 years, winning one title. Seattle fans are notoriously noise-making and rowdy. And they even show up for the beginning of the first quarter of a game.
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview

6/13/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13158 respect

w_g_walters wrote:
The Sonics are to Seattle as the Oilers are to Houston. The northwest is a basketball area, and there's not really much of a difference. But we go the Texans, and maybe Seattle will get the . . . Washingtonians?

Supersonics Will Return And The Name Will Stay The Same, That is A Fact No Matter Who The Owner Is.

6/13/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13158 respect

mojo wrote:
Anyone who thought that Bennett was  going to buy a team and leave it there, whether it was the sonics, Trailblazers, Clippers or whoever, was being naïve. Had Washington called his bluff, he would still be in Seattle today, local government officials refused to fund a new arena, even though the Seahawks and Mariners had new facilities. The Sonics were to remain in a 40 year old building that had only been remodeled once and that was 10 years earlier. My personal feeling is that it’s your business you build the arena/stadium or whatever it is you need. Dell doesn’t ask the city of Austin to build them a new facility or they will move, but then again sports is different animal.
Everyone thought Art Modell was BSing when he said he was going to move the team when he couldn’t get a new stadium for his team after the Indians and Cavs had new facilities. 50 years of history gone just like that.
Personally I think Bennett went to Stern, and Stern gave him a list of teams that could be had. Seattle was on his sh*t list because of the arena and the only person who was going to object was Cuban in Dallas and that was because of the proximity to OKC.
Bennett knew what he had in OKC and, OKC put up money to renovate a building that wasn’t even five years old. I know that most of the Sonic fans are pissed at Bennett, but business is business and if he believed he was going to make more money in OKC then he was going to move the team to OKC. Not saying he couldn’t have made money in Seattle with what they put on the floor now and the people of Seattle would have definitely been behind this team if they were in Seattle.
So to all those who want to take pot shots at Oklahoma City, go ahead but quite acting like a little b**ch because someone took your girl, you knew she was going to leave and you let her go, now you want to cry about how unfair it is.  Stern isn’t moving anything your way until you pony up the money to build a new arena, not renovate that old a** Key Arena. Stern has the upper hand right now, you’re at his mercy and he probably could give a rats ass if you get another team as long as you act like a whiney little b**ch.

Sorry, In All Honesty Terry, I Tried To Reply To Your Comment And It Flagged It, Apologies...

6/13/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13158 respect

mojo wrote:
Anyone who thought that Bennett was  going to buy a team and leave it there, whether it was the sonics, Trailblazers, Clippers or whoever, was being naïve. Had Washington called his bluff, he would still be in Seattle today, local government officials refused to fund a new arena, even though the Seahawks and Mariners had new facilities. The Sonics were to remain in a 40 year old building that had only been remodeled once and that was 10 years earlier. My personal feeling is that it’s your business you build the arena/stadium or whatever it is you need. Dell doesn’t ask the city of Austin to build them a new facility or they will move, but then again sports is different animal.
Everyone thought Art Modell was BSing when he said he was going to move the team when he couldn’t get a new stadium for his team after the Indians and Cavs had new facilities. 50 years of history gone just like that.
Personally I think Bennett went to Stern, and Stern gave him a list of teams that could be had. Seattle was on his sh*t list because of the arena and the only person who was going to object was Cuban in Dallas and that was because of the proximity to OKC.
Bennett knew what he had in OKC and, OKC put up money to renovate a building that wasn’t even five years old. I know that most of the Sonic fans are pissed at Bennett, but business is business and if he believed he was going to make more money in OKC then he was going to move the team to OKC. Not saying he couldn’t have made money in Seattle with what they put on the floor now and the people of Seattle would have definitely been behind this team if they were in Seattle.
So to all those who want to take pot shots at Oklahoma City, go ahead but quite acting like a little b**ch because someone took your girl, you knew she was going to leave and you let her go, now you want to cry about how unfair it is.  Stern isn’t moving anything your way until you pony up the money to build a new arena, not renovate that old a** Key Arena. Stern has the upper hand right now, you’re at his mercy and he probably could give a rats ass if you get another team as long as you act like a whiney little b**ch.

How can The Fans Control The State Of Their Team? When Were The Fans Part Of the Decision To Sell The Team? To Move the Team? How Are The Fans A Part Of Any Of Those Decisions? Schultz Sold The Team To Bennett When He Promised To Leave the Team In Seattle. So where In That Statement Does The Fan Have Any Say. Politicians In The Washington State/Seattle City Council/Legislature Failed To Pony Up[ Money For A new Arena Or To Re-do The Key. How Is That Decision Have A Fan Say In It. Bennett Was Caught Red Handed In His E-mails That He Was Never Intent On Keeping The Team In Seattle And It Was Always His intentions To Move The Team To OKC, And These Emails Were To David Stern And The NBA. So Where In All That, Was The Seattle Supersonic Fan Involved? We May Have Lost Our Girl But We Ain't Sure Acting Like Some Whiny Little Bitches! Don't Allocate All Supersonic Fans With The Few That Actually Support The OKC Thunder As A Whole. I Got Nothing Against The Team And What They have Done To Get Here And For Those SS Fans Who Take Pot Shots At OKC, Believe Me, I Don't Condone Them For What They Do, But Seriously, If Some Owner Bought Your Team That You Have Been Used To And Grew Up All Your Life Rooting For And Took Them Somewhere Else, You Would Feel Awful Too. It's An Feeling That Would Not Escape Anybody, And After All The Promises That Where Stated By Schultz, Bennett & Stern And They Still Moved, C'mon, I Welcomed Bennett With Open Arms That He Was Going To Take The Team In A New Direction, Not The Fact That He Was Going To Take It To Entirely New Location, Come On!

6/13/12   |   w_g_walters   |   222 respect

The Sonics are to Seattle as the Oilers are to Houston. The northwest is a basketball area, and there's not really much of a difference. But we go the Texans, and maybe Seattle will get the . . . Washingtonians?

6/13/12   |   mojo   |   4371 respect

Anyone who thought that Bennett was  going to buy a team and leave it there, whether it was the sonics, Trailblazers, Clippers or whoever, was being naïve. Had Washington called his bluff, he would still be in Seattle today, local government officials refused to fund a new arena, even though the Seahawks and Mariners had new facilities. The Sonics were to remain in a 40 year old building that had only been remodeled once and that was 10 years earlier. My personal feeling is that it’s your business you build the arena/stadium or whatever it is you need. Dell doesn’t ask the city of Austin to build them a new facility or they will move, but then again sports is different animal.
Everyone thought Art Modell was BSing when he said he was going to move the team when he couldn’t get a new stadium for his team after the Indians and Cavs had new facilities. 50 years of history gone just like that.
Personally I think Bennett went to Stern, and Stern gave him a list of teams that could be had. Seattle was on his sh*t list because of the arena and the only person who was going to object was Cuban in Dallas and that was because of the proximity to OKC.
Bennett knew what he had in OKC and, OKC put up money to renovate a building that wasn’t even five years old. I know that most of the Sonic fans are pissed at Bennett, but business is business and if he believed he was going to make more money in OKC then he was going to move the team to OKC. Not saying he couldn’t have made money in Seattle with what they put on the floor now and the people of Seattle would have definitely been behind this team if they were in Seattle.
So to all those who want to take pot shots at Oklahoma City, go ahead but quite acting like a little b**ch because someone took your girl, you knew she was going to leave and you let her go, now you want to cry about how unfair it is.  Stern isn’t moving anything your way until you pony up the money to build a new arena, not renovate that old a** Key Arena. Stern has the upper hand right now, you’re at his mercy and he probably could give a rats ass if you get another team as long as you act like a whiney little b**ch.

6/13/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   13158 respect

Not All Sonic Fans Are Like That. I Root For The Thunder Because As The Seattle Supersonics, They Drafted Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka & Harden. Collison Was In Seattle When They Moved And Was Even On A Radio Show In OKC Saying That He Loved Seattle And That It Was A Great Place To Live. I Root For Them Because They Were Here. It'll Be A Little Different If They Never Were In Seattle. The Bad Thing About It, Ole Clay Bennett Is gonna Say That It's Nice Having A Second Championship For The Franchise After Playing In The Finals For The Fourth Time.

PS F**k David Stern.

"This Is For Sonicgate"