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The Day The NBA Disappeared

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Does Anyone Really Care Anymore?

Does Anyone Really Care Anymore?

This site was created to talk openly about the injustice that just occurred in the city of Seattle. Being a native son of the Emerald City, I grew up with the NBA, namely Seattle Sonics, and had been a diehard fan since I can remember. NBA is IT for me, no other sport came close. Growing up watching greats like Kareem, Magic, Jordan and Bird, I was hooked on the NBA. However, the one thing that kept me in and glued to the TV was the Sonics! Whether it was Chamber, Xman, Ellis, Kemp or GP, the Sonics is all I cared about. The Mariners and Seahawks came a distant 2nd and 3rd…my how quickly that has changed! The NBA, a month ago, isn’t even in my top 3, being replaced by soccer! Watching the Euro 2008 tournament, with previous World Cups, sealed the deal for me.

It all started too when Shultz sold the team. Man, that was stupid! How do you not even try and push the team to a local buyer, really?!? I guess you have to be from Seattle to really understand how messed up this whole situation is. Imagine if the Knicks or Lakers were sold off to a new ownership group, demanded a new building or else, then that ownership group traded away all the talent those teams had (bad example with the Knicks) so that fan interest would go down, then demanded pushed that same year to move your team! Sounds crazy, sounds stupid, its what happened in Seattle!

Why would a team like Seattle let Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis leave for nothing? Why not allow Durant the opportunity to learn from two of the better players in the league? Wouldn’t that have take a lot of preasure off of him? Whould he be an even better player because of it? Wouldn’t the Sonics be competing for a playoff berth? Wouldn’t the Key Arena sell out to see that 1-2-3 punch? If the answer is Yes to all the above, you have to ask did Bennett and his troops REALLY make every effort to stay in Seattle? It is an obvious NO and shows how much of a bullshit deal this really was!

It is not all of his doing either…Seattle Mayor Nickels and Washington Governor Gregoire did not help the situation either. In fact they were part of this travesty. They were part of the mess…and that goes for all of our state legislatures too. Team Balmer gave the city a true gift and they did nothing! The state legislature made every attempt to not deal with the issue and push it off as if it were not important. And now, after the team is gone, they say “The time is now!” Why is the time now when they already left? I ask Team Balmer to not try anymore! I want to thank them for their support and courage in a tough time in Seattle sports history, but I ask them to focus their efforts on a new venture. One that we can stand behind with pride and respect the end product.

My days of watching, support, paying for products, of the NBA are over. I am finished with the NBA draft, regular season, playoffs and finals! I will not go to or pay one more cent to support any NBA product again! I already stopped drinking Starbucks and the NBA will be even easier to kick. There is no addiction in the NBA!

Dadream in Seattle