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THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SUPERSONICS HISTORY

Kevin Durant may end up claiming the No. 1 spot, but for now it belongs to Gary Payton.

   
February 12, 2014 Updates

In his first official days on the job, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is holding to a stance that the league is not ready to add an expansion team in the eager and deep-pocketed Seattle market. "Seattle is a wonderful market. It would be very additive to the league to have a team there," Silver said in an interview this week with ESPN. "But we're not planning on expanding right now, so it's not a function of price." ESPN.com

February 4, 2014 Updates

Former Seattle Supersonics player, general manager, and potential investor Wally Walker appeared on CNBC's Power Lunch this morning and the subjects of Adam Silver, the NBA and its return to Seattle were raised. On Adam Silver, Walker had this to say; "From talking to a lot of the owners last spring, he's very well respected by them and I know from knowing a lot of people still in Olympic Tower in Manhattan, he's very well liked and respected by those folks. He's got a running start, the league's very healthy, it'll be a great tenure for him." When asked about how the NBA will be different under Silver and what it means for Seattle's hopes of getting a franchise back, here was Walker's response; "I hope it's different in that Seattle gets a team. If rational thought prevails, it's the best available market, both demographics, size and passion. For 41 years, the Sonics were there with a great following. So I hope that is a change and if all's right, it will be." Sonics Rising

February 2, 2014 Updates
January 29, 2014 Updates

It's been a rough go for Didier Drogba and Turkish giants Galatasaray in recent weeks. But nothing that dinner with NBA star Gary Payton couldn't help fix! Less than 48 hours after a disappointing scoreless draw with Gaziantepspor left Galatasaray 10 points behind Süper Lig leaders Fenerbahce in Turkey, Drogba spent some time with Payton, who was in town conducting a clinic on behalf of the NBA. "Was good to change my mind in this difficult moment," Drogba wrote via Instagram, clearly not wanting Galatasaray supporters to think he was cavorting with Payton. "Thanks to @nba for this great diner yesterday with a Legend...Mr Gary Payton aka #theglove #NBA #sonics #seattle #supersonics #lakers celtics #miamiheat #istanbul #galatasaray #soccer #basketball #istanbul" MLSsoccer.com

January 16, 2014 Updates
December 27, 2013 Updates

"If the Kings had moved to Seattle, it's not like I would've been upset," said Thomas, who believes the NBA will return to Seattle one day. "I mean, who wouldn't want to play at home? But if we didn't leave Sacramento, which we didn't, I wouldn't be mad either because I love this city of Sacramento and the things that they've done for me. They've welcomed me in open arms. I can't say enough about the city of Sacramento." Bleacher Report

December 3, 2013 Updates

From afar, Kevin Durant was like plenty of us last season, following the ongoing saga in Sacramento as the city tried — and eventually succeeded — in keeping its NBA team from leaving for Seattle. But with his knowledge of the league and connection to the Emerald City, it put him in a strange spot, rooting for and against both sides. “It’s almost like a lose-lose situation because you want to see Seattle get a team, but you don’t want to see Sacramento lose theirs,” Durant said at shootaround in Sacramento on Tuesday, in advance of the Thunder’s game against the Kings on Tuesday night. Oklahoman

November 8, 2013 Updates

Supporters of the effort to build a new arena and bring the NBA back to Seattle say they are confident things will remain on track, even though mayor Mike McGinn lost his reelection bid. McGinn was a leading force in crafting the deal to build a new arena with investor Chris Hansen and had strong backing from official Sonics fan groups, who turned out in force to support the mayor throughout the campaign. "There have been a lot of people that have told me sports fans don't have influence and don't vote," says Brian Robinson, co-founder of Save our Sonics. "We proved that our values matter and people will step up to the table. The last component of it was showing that we can bring out campaign dollars and campaign volunteers and votes, and we did that convincingly in the primary. I'm really proud of the job we've done since." MyNorthwest.com

November 6, 2013 Updates

The Charlotte Observer published a review of the concert, which includes a strange note about Oklahoma City: Vedder’s patter was kept to a minimum, but left an impression. He made light of the fact that Pearl Jam hadn’t been through Charlotte in 10 years: “To be honest, we might be a bit upset because you have a basketball team and we don’t,” he said, lamenting the SuperSonics’ move to Oklahoma City in 2008. Through the far-reaching arms of the Ogle Mole Network, we’ve acquired video of Eddie’s “lamenting.” Let’s say he’s not too happy with all those fuckers in Oklahoma City. The Lost Ogle

September 18, 2013 Updates
September 15, 2013 Updates

Payton continued his criticism of Schultz, who was criticized heavily in Seattle for selling the Sonics to an owner who had relocation intentions. Schultz sold the Sonics less than six months after announcing they were on the market. “He just messed up our whole [franchise] and people did leave Seattle alone when he owned the team,” said Payton. “That’s why he had to sell it again, because he was struggling. He made a lot of silly moves and the first silly move was getting rid of me.” Boston Globe

“I wasn’t asking for a lot; I never asked for a new contract [before my previous one expired],” Payton said about his final season in Seattle. “All I asked was whether we were going to get an extension [in the offseason] and [Schultz] made it seem like, ‘I don’t care about you no more, you’re nothing.’ So, that’s what happened. He [saw] that wasn’t the right way and the whole franchise went downhill from there. “It was time to go. I didn’t want to work for this guy. He knew it and I knew it. We don’t have the right people running this squad. Why sit here and be miserable.” Boston Globe

September 12, 2013 Updates

Chris Hansen’s secret contribution to a group opposed to a new arena in Sacramento will not hurt the billionaire’s efforts to deliver an NBA team to Seattle, said incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver. “I would say it won’t affect Seattle’s chances,” Silver said Sunday in Springfield, Mass., before the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ceremony. “I haven’t talked to Chris since those allegations came out. I think as he said, he got caught up in the moment.” Seattle Times

Given the fact there aren’t any teams currently for sale, the bigger question is whether the 30-team NBA is going to expand anytime soon. “That’s up to commissioner Silver,” Stern said. And Silver replied: “I would never say it’s never going to happen. There’s nothing in the works at the moment. We were very clear when we were going through the issue with Steve Ballmer and Mr. Hansen that expansion was not in the cards right now.” Seattle Times

Silver said the NBA has more immediate concerns, namely negotiations on a television contract that expires in 2016. “Obviously the league has grown over the years and there may come a point to look at it,” Silver said, regarding expansion. “But right now coming off of our new collective bargaining agreement, we really want to make sure we have 30 franchises that are all financially sound and with great competition in their markets. “That’s where our focus is right now.” Seattle Times

September 9, 2013 Updates

Billionaire Chris Hansen must pay the California Fair Political Practices Commission $50,000 for his role in a secretive effort to funnel money to a group trying to thwart Sacramento's efforts to build a new downtown arena. Hansen gave $100,000 to a group gathering signatures to force a vote on the city's plan to help build a new home for the Sacramento Kings. It came just days after the NBA rejected his $625 million bid to buy the team and move it to Seattle. USA Today Sports

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