Seattle SuperSonics Rumors
Frank Kaminsky: At @Starbucks where Frank is spelled “Craig” #CraigAtStarbucks. Starbucks Coffee: Foul on us. Two shots (of espresso) for you! Frank Kaminsky: I feel as disrespected as Seattle felt when you sold the Supersonics (cc: @spencerhawes00)
Hornets center Spencer Hawes was booed once again by the crowd at the Sleep Train Arena Monday night. Fans still don’t forget the fact that the former Kings big man openly endorsed the relocation of the franchise to Seattle a few years back and let it be known (loudly). Hawes had the last laugh, though, with a 128-129 win in double overtime and fire tweet afterwards.
We have some sad news to report. According to a tweet from KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler, former Sonic John “JJ” Johnson has passed away. Johnson played five seasons with the Sonics, including the team’s back-to-back Finals appearances in 1978 and 1979. In 333 games, Johnson averaged 10.8 points and 4.6 rebounds for Seattle and was a pivotal member of the Championship team, averaging 12.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists throughout the playoffs that year. He also played for Cleveland, Portland, and Houston during his 12 year career. He was named to two All-Star teams in 1971 and 1972.
Seattle might have new options for developing a first-rate arena to lure professional basketball and hockey teams — and should make the most of them. The latest is an investor group expressing interest in funding a major upgrade of KeyArena, which is an ideal location for the NBA and NHL in the city.
We focus so much on the imagery that we forget what he did to earn it. Mutombo averaged slightly more than six blocked shots per game in that upset of the Seattle SuperSonics, setting a record for a five-game series. “You think about the six blocks,” his Nuggets teammate Robert Pack said. “But you think about maybe the other seven that he altered and maybe the five more that he just discouraged guys from coming into the lane.”
Calling the new NBA arena a “dynamic attraction for the entire state of Wisconsin,” Walker signed the bill at the Wisconsin State Fair Park surrounded by state lawmakers, local officials and Bucks team president Peter Feigin. “This is a good deal overall,” Walker said before signing the bill, which allayed concerns that the NBA would move the team to Las Vegas or Seattle without a new arena.