Seattle SuperSonics Rumors
Randy Renner: Luke Ridnour was on Sonics roster when team moved to OKC, was very vocal critic of move. He also has a non-guaranteed contract. Before Ridnour played a game for the #Thunder that year he was traded to Milwaukee in the deal that brought Dez Mason back to Oklahoma. #Thunder
Plans for a proposed multipurpose arena in Seattle’s stadium district can move forward after a final environmental impact statement released Thursday found no major issues to block the project. The FEIS on investor Chris Hansen’s plans for an arena near Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field was released by the city after nearly two years of work. “We’re one step closer to bringing NHL hockey and NBA basketball to Seattle,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement.
It is in this gap that the Milwaukee Bucks and their ambitious out-of-town new owners want to lead a massive effort in urban revitalization — an arena-focused development funded with a blend of private and public money. Or, if they fail to raise adequate public political support, it is here that this city’s fraught relationship with professional basketball will end, with the Bucks moving on to Seattle; Las Vegas; Louisville, Kentucky; or some other city with more ready cash for stadiums. After months of progress, promises of hundreds of million in investment and the release of mock-ups of an architectural gem, the Bucks’ future in Milwaukee is looking shaky. The battle for the team’s future is coming to a head quickly.
Sonics legend Shawn Kemp will be at Neumos co-hosting a party celebrating the Thunder’s failed playoff run and more Thursday night at Neumos on Capitol Hill in Seattle. DJ Clinton Sparks and rapper Neema will also host the event, which begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
The curse of the Zombie Sonics is alive and well. That’s right, Emerald City hoops fans can breathe easy once again knowing the Larry O’Brien Trophy will not be hoisted by Clay Bennett in Oklahoma City this year. Entering last night, the Thunder were in a heated race to capture the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference, but thanks to a New Orleans victory over San Antonio, their championship hopes were dashed once again.
Though his best years came in Seattle, the Knicks nominated Haywood for the Hall a few years ago because the Sonics franchise moved to Oklahoma City and has no historical connection. No jersey is attached to the entrance, but Haywood told The Post, “I’m going in as a Knick.’’