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5 Reasons Why Seattle Deserves Return of SuperSonics in NBA Expansion

NBA Expansion: 5 Reasons Why Seattle Deserves Return of SuperSonics

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Rumors have been circulating this week about the NBA’s potential expansion into Louisville and Seattle. Seattle had its beloved SuperSonics stolen away from them in the middle of the night by Oklahoma City businessman Clayton Bennett with no protection offered to them by former NBA Commissioner David Stern. With talks now heating up about a potential return, here are the five reasons the city of Seattle deserves a reunion with the Sonics.

5. Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp Need Their Jerseys Hung Up in Seattle

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5. Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp Need Their Jerseys Hung Up in Seattle

Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp
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Longtime Sonics greats Payton and Kemp have been very outspoken about their opposition to having their jerseys retired in Oklahoma City and don’t want anything to do with that franchise since it has been relocated. Kemp has even gone so far as to outright refuse court-side seats offered to him by the Thunder. These all-time NBA greats deserve to have their jerseys hanging in the rafters in Seattle.

4. They Missed Out on Kevin Durant

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4. They Missed Out on Kevin Durant

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The fans in Seattle were cruelly teased by having one of this generation’s best players lace up his sneakers in their city for one season. Durant has gone on to win scoring titles and MVPs in Oklahoma City as well as taking his team to one NBA Finals appearance. Those awards and accomplishments would belong to the city of Seattle had they not had their team wrongfully stolen away. Who knows what else Durant will go on to accomplish?

3. Seattle is a Basketball Town

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3. Seattle is a Basketball Town

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Seattle is a passionate sports town. They were relentless in their support of the Sonics for over 40 years, and most people in the region would tell you that they were Seattle’s favorite team. This fact may be lost with the ascension of the Seahawks up the NFL ranks, but Seattle was first and foremost a basketball city.

2. 14th Largest Television Market

Gary Payton #20 and Vladimir Radmonovic #77 of the Seattle SuperSonics give interviews after the game
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2. 14th Largest Television Market

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In this world of enormous television contracts and endorsement deals, the NBA went from having a team in the 14th largest television market to the 45th. The move made zero sense from numerous perspectives, but from a pure business viewpoint, this may be the most baffling statistic of all.

1. The Fans

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1. The Fans

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I can’t remember a more deserving fanbase being stripped of such a beloved franchise. If for no other reason, the maniacal fans in the city of Seattle deserve to be reunited with the SuperSonics.