Sonic BOOM! The sound of Thunder- Is Seattle feeling pain of its relocated team now bound for NBA Finals?

June 7, 2012

Athletics

Sonic BOOM! The sound of Thunder- Is Seattle feeling pain of its relocated team now bound for NBA Finals?

That Sconic Boom! heard in the NBA was not over Seattle, this time it was the roar of thunder over Oklahoma City.

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As Oklahoma City celebrates, the city of Seattle plans to build a new arena to attract a NBA and NHL franchise.

On Wednesday, June 6 the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied back from being down by as much as 18 to beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 and reach the NBA Finals. Congratulations go out to Oklahoma City.

In Seattle some NBA fans might be feeling a little pain. The pain is the disappointment of not getting to experience the thrill of having their former team make it to the championship.  After all Seattle did host the All-Star Game in 1974 and 1987 so the NBA did like Seattle.

Only sports fans in cities that have lost professional franchises know what it feels like to watch their former teams improve only a few years later in another market.

It’s only been 4 short years since the NBA departed Seattle and gave Oklahoma City a winning franchise.

The Oklahoma City Thunder became a NBA franchise, as the Seattle SuperSonics, on December 20, 1966 when Sam Schulman and Eugene Klein were awarded an expansion team for Seattle, Washington. Seattle began supporting their NBA franchise from their first games in San Francisco against the Warriors on Oct. 13, 1967 and their first home game on Oct. 20, 1967 when only 4,473 fans showed up at the Seattle Center Coliseum.

On June 1, 1979 the Sonics would win the NBA title after beating the Washington Bullets.

In 1983 Barry Ackerley would buy the Seattle Sonics.

In the 1993-94 season the Seattle Sonics finished with league’s best record of 63-19, but lost in first round of the NBA playoffs. In 1994 the team requested that the Seattle Center Coliseum (KeyArena) be renovated and the team would play their 1994-95 season in Tacoma.

In the 1995-96 season Sonics finished 64-18 during the regular season, but were defeated by the Chicago Bulls in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Howard Schultz would buy the Sconics in 2001 and the team would be sold again in 2006 to Clay Bennett.

The Washington state legislature in 2007 would reject the Sonics’ proposal to build a $500 million arena.

In 2008 Bennett got approval from the NBA to move the Sonics to Oklahoma City and in 2011 the NBA’s relocation committee is headed by Clay Bennett.

Giving Oklahoma City credit, the city hosted the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival and then on December 14, 1993 voters approved the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Projects  (MAPS) sales tax. MAPS  was a visionary capital improvement program for new and upgraded sports, recreation, entertainment, cultural and convention facilities. The projects were completed on August 17, 2004 with the dedication of the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library.  The Chesapeake Energy Arena opened on June 8, 2002 and in 2008 voters approved a penny sales tax to make the facility NBA ready.

The investments of Oklahoma City has allowed this city to enjoy their first time in the NBA Finals and Seattle to plot building a new arena.

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