Years ago

Sonics gone - team is Oklahoma bound

Court action between franchise owneres and city of Seatlle has settled, owners of Sonics are now able to move for coming season, but must pay Seattle some coin and leave Sonics name and colors behind.

Link to story on ESPN

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Years ago

Im glad they will be leaving the sonics name and colours behind. I dont like the idea of shifting names etc around cities.

Will be good for the new city to start off fresh without the stigma of the old Seattle franchise.

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Years ago

A sad day

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Years ago

A bit sad really, but they probably need to change the name from Sonics as it refers to the Boeing headquarters/manufacturers in Seattle.

However, there is no lake in L.A (formerly Minneapolis where there is a lake).
Clippers (formerly San Diego where there are yachts/clippers everywhere).
Memphis (are there any grizzly bears there as there are in Vancouver?)
Probably no Raptors in Toronto anymore, maybe millions of years ago!

What's in Oklahoma that could be a good nickname for the team?

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Kent Brockman  
Years ago

they could upgarde from the College name of Oaklahoma Sooners to Oaklahoma Right Now!

i think the exclamation mark would look great as a logo!!

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Years ago

Oklahoma Bisons.

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Years ago


As in , "Okie Dokies"!

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Years ago

How about the Oklahoma Corrals?

I think this a better outcome than most people expected. The owner gets to realise his dream of bringing a professional team to his home city and the name and colours remain with the city of Seattle, so that at some date in the future, the Sonics can be resurrected with their history intact.

Maybe Heisley can be encouraged to shift the Grizzlies to Seattle and assume the Sonics identity? That would be a good move if you ask me!

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Years ago

Sorry, should have said ** the OK Corrals **

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Years ago

beantown, I think moving the Grizzlies to Seattle is exactly the plan. IMHO, their recent personnel moves have been aimed at eroding fan support and reducing income to make it easier to make a case for relocation to the NBA Board.

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Years ago

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Years ago

Oklahoma Armadillos

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Years ago

Oklahoma Boomers... the mating ritual of the Greater Prairie-Chicken!

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Years ago

Oklahoma Bombers?

Sorry, but someone had to say it..

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Years ago

The Oklahoma Pricks Who Ripped The Heart Out Of Seattle Basketball.

A bit long?

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johnny sack  
Years ago

Oklahoma Tornadoes???

Oklahoma Slackjaws???

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Years ago

Oklahoma Musicals?

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Years ago

Poor Gary Payton. Now he is never going to get his jersey reired

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Years ago

I can't see the word "Oklahoma" without thinking of Steve Martin and Ruprect the Monkey Boy.

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Years ago

Okla should hang payton and kemp jerseys up on d rafters !!! ..d best players ot ever play for Okla !!

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Years ago

Gold Phizzer, cheers for the laugh..

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Years ago

As a former Seattle resident & regular Sonics fan I hope that Clay Bennett & Oklahoma City get what is coming to them.
He has had an agenda to move the team from day 1 & traded away the teams current decent players for future prospects & draft picks so that the team completely stank in Seattle but has some hope of success in Oklahoma.
I sincerely hope that they continue suck for many years to come.
Good news is that Sonics logo & colours remain in Seattle for future use as an NBA franchise will return there without doubt.
Bennett's decision to create duplicate championship banners & trophies to take to Oklahoma is a joke. The trophies & banners are part of Seattle's history not the Oklahoma Mud Shovellers or whatever their new team will be called.

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Years ago

Bennett recreating the banners and trophies is absolute BS. I hope Durant walks at the end of his contract, especially after he just dropped 2.8 mill on a house in Seattle.

I still don't understand why the NBA and the owners would allow the franchise to move from a mid-major city to Oklahoma city which will be classed as a small market.

Any takers for the Memphis Grizzlies to relocate to Seattle in the next 3 years??

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Years ago

yup, I'd buy that for a dollar..

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Years ago

Bennett is a total fraud. For some reason he has Stern's ear and is in bed with him though. The way he has handled this whole thing has been a total disgrace.

For the last 3 years we have been hearing how a Key Arena revamp would not be sufficient enough to keep an NBA team in Seattle - and now that Bennett has got what he wants, Stern happens to come out and say that it would be good enough after all, if another team happens to relocate to Seattle.

Its a joke. How can the commissioner let teams like Memphis and New Orleans struggle to get any interest at all in their respective cities, and take a franchise away from a city that has a proud basketball history?

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Years ago

this is an example of money talks and personal "friendships" with Sterns rule the NBA
and how they can manipulate things to suit themselves. We have told you long ago that the NBA doesn't care about fans (unless you happen to be the rich and famous of LA) ..its all about the $$$$$ and connections. The most pathetic thing is the NBA Cares ...where these megarich athletes who complain about only getting $7 million are preaching to kids to "stay at school" when half of them didn't even finish high school !!

Oh some of you still believe the NBA isn't all about the bottom line and are beyond manipulating games for that purpose. some of you guys truley naive ...
if anything Stern continues to show what slimebag he and this league really are

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Years ago

This is maxi,Not unhappy Sonics fans, who never did have a voice in this matter. Not Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, who stepped aside with Wednesday's stunning final-hour settlement of the city's legal battle with Bennett.

Not even former Sonics owner Howard Schultz, who still has his own lawsuit pending against Bennett and his partners even in the wake of the city's $45 million settlement that leaves Seattle with the Sonics' name and history, but no team for the immediate future.

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