Uproxx- “If they had gotten swept, sure, we would’ve liked that they lost,” said Paul Rogers, an editor and senior writer with Sonics Rising, a blog dedicated to bringing the NBA back to Seattle. “But the fact that they were up 3-1, then lost? It will sound petty, but to me, it’s almost better that way,”
“When I see disappointment in his face, I’m not happy about it, because we like Kevin. He even came back here a few years ago to play in a charity basketball game,” said Rogers, the Sonics Rising editor. “It’s just really hard to separate him from Oklahoma City. That’s why we’d like to see him move to another team, so we can cheer for him again.”
“It’s gonna be an open wound until we get another team,” Hawes said at a Seattle bar days before Game 7. “It hurts to see them play.”
But it didn’t hurt on Monday night. Hawes went to Game 7 in Oakland, and he was spotted after the game, outside the Warriors’ locker room, wearing a huge smile—and a Seattle SuperSonics shirt.
Can we stop for a second and reflect on what we just read. There is a Seattle SuperSonics blog that I am assuming has enough readership to keep it up and running. That blog has multiple writers that devote their precious time to writing about a basketball team that hasn't been in existence for EIGHT years. That's all the motivation I need to keep this site going, because this absolutely has to be more fulfilling than writing the sports equivalent of fan fiction. I don't think I have ever pitied a fan base more than I pity the fan base of a team that hasn't played in damn near a decade.
Think about how uninterested you are in soccer until the World Cup comes around every 4 years and you have a team you can actually root for. Sonics fans have essentially sat out a length of time that amounts to approximately three World Cups, and the only thing they have had to get excited about during that time period is another team losing. Don't get me wrong, The hatred of others occasionally warms my heart too, but I can't imagine it would be as strong if I didn't have a franchise to call my own. There are a distinct group of individuals from Seattle whose sole purpose is passionately rooting for the demise of one organization. Of course it's an open wound. These lunatics keep ripping the band-aid off every time they throw on a Sonics shirt and curse the success of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. The best their sports life is going to get is right now at this very moment, and all they are really set to do is sit down and watch two teams they have zero connection to. I think I might have to sign that petition to bring a team back to Seattle. Not because I care all that much if they have one, but because I want to restore meaning in the lives of those that are so wholeheartedly dedicated to something that is extinct.