As soon as the Thunder won the Western Conference from the Spurs and advanced to the NBA Finals, most former Sonics supporters became Miami Heat fans.
The Thunder wouldn’t be in the position they are without Kevin Durant. Durant was after-all drafted 2nd by the Seattle Sonics. The foundation of the Thunder was forged in Seattle – Not Oklahoma City.
Never thought I could root for this team.
Not after the way it was built from the ashes of another city’s heartbreak, bought and paid for in a transaction that showed NBA jerseys are more like laundry than civic symbols.
But years have passed, circumstances changed and as the NBA Finals begin Tuesday in Oklahoma City, I can honestly say that my rooting interest shocks me.
Go get ‘em, LeBron James. Win one of those multiple titles you talked about after deciding to take your talents to South Beach to play for the Heat.
What? You thought I was going to say the Thunder?
Not bloody likely. Not this year. Not ever. At least not unless Seattle gets another NBA franchise only to lose it in an even more cynical fashion to an ownership group that includes a moneyman even more contemptible than Aubrey McClendon.
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.
Source: Danny O’Neil