Thursday, June 14, 2012
OKC Thunder Creating History?
The trip to the NBA Finals is a quick victory for a young franchise. Led by 23 and 22 year old super star buddies Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden. Thunder's historic four years has been awesome for the city, their franchise and their fans. Sam Presti has organized an energetic bunch of NBA professionals. A young squad with veteran savvy combining Durant, Westbrook, and Harden with 6 NBA Championship rings Derek Fisher and Kendrick Perkins. Now the Thunder seek their first championship in franchise history chasing history into the Oklahoma sunset.
This is why the Sonics history should remain in Seattle a franchise that won the 1979 NBA Finals and celebrated with a parade in downtown Seattle. Sonics fans have fond memories of the Sonics the sunny days but as a pure franchise the fans of Seattle have also endured heartbreak. I blame Howard Schultz for some of those hearbreaks but I also remember upset loyals fans in 1994 as Dikembe Mutombo laid on the court floor grasping the basketball.
The hard times can not be remembered as Sonics moments and the good times re-manufactured in "STAT BOOKS" as part of Thunder history. No one announced the Nuggets beat the Thunder but when great moments scroll on the bottom of the "Have Your Cake and Eat It Too" screen and stats are shown it's included as Thunder history.
Sonics history belongs in Seattle Jack Sikma, Dale Ellis, Nate Mc Millan, Lenny Wilkens, Detlef Schrempf, Xavier Mc Daniel, Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp are Seattle memories. Durant, Westbrook, and Harden memories belong to the fans of OKC. The Sonics faced Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman in 1995 not OKC Thunder. The Sonics history is too valuable and rich for it to be passed off as some type of OKC adoption papers. Sonics history has a home in Seattle.
Shawn Kemp's and Gary Payton's jerseys will never hang in the rafters in OKC the players will never be retired in Thunder Blue and Orange. OKC holding onto to the history of the Sonics is bad for coaches, fans, players and the organization. Seattle will have a Sonics team again, the City owns the name, so where is the spite coming from why does Clay Bennett insist to hold on to history? Thunder history looks great in OKC don't destroy what OKC fans, players, coaches and organizational staff are building. Leave Sonics history in Seattle it works out for both cities and fan bases.
Keeping OKC Thunder history separate from Sonics history is the key ingredient between Russell Westbrook being the best PG in franchise history or #4 on the franchise list. I was told holding onto to the history of someone else can do that to a player. OKC Thunder "create history don't be history" Fours Years 2 Western Conference Finals and a square off with LeBron James in the 2012 NBA Finals. Leave Sonics history in Seattle be an intervator mold your own history. Sonic fans will never die and neither will the message as long as Thunder continue to thrive and OKC fans make t-shirts. Sonics voices will be heard and as the NBA Finals continue the voices will become louder. SuperSonics fans and former Greats of the Sonics franchise will never accept OKC and OKC should not except Sonics history. Both sides should unite and tell Clay Bennett and David Stern what we really feel......