Your Oklahoma City exSonics
July 8, 2008
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Big Blog brings us this video, of one man putting a curse on the former Sonics, now that the unnamed team has left for Oklahoma City. It’s set to AC/DC’s Highway to Hell.
- Oklahoma City owner Clay Bennett doesn’t own the uniforms, or the colors, but apparently retains the rights to the Sonics name, even though he intends not to use it. But they will create duplicate banners and the history. Seattle can have the logo and name if they get a new team, if the former Sonics are still in Ok City, if the NBA approves, and former owner Howard Schulz’ lawsuit is not in the way (big h/t to True Hoop for explaining that, more information on the site).
- The Melo Backpedal asks the good question – is moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City a good financial move? No, really, how is it a good move?
- Employees who move with the [unnameds] to Ok City will expect a salary decrease to match the cost of living. Obviously, not the actual players, they’ll keep their salaries, and find lovely places to live near one of the lakes. (side note: what airport name is better, Will Rogers in Ok City or John Wayne in Orange County, CA?)
- And of course, you too can PLAY “Kill Clay Bennett.”
- What should their new name be, asks Bump Shack, suggesting the Barons, the Thunder, and the Outlaws? Let’s see… lower midwestern city, no references to bombs of course… so I’d add in the Tornadoes, the Twisters, the 66s (for the route), the 89ers, the Oklahomans, the Mustangs, the Unnamed, the Amorphous, the Homesteaders, the Clay, the Dust… yes, so many names with area relevance. (edited update: the Outlaws might be the name…?)
- By the way, The [unnameds] competed in Oklahoma City black and white uniforms in the Orlando NBA Summer League for the first time.