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April 17, 2015 Updates

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. Seattle Times

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. Seattle Times

April 7, 2015 Updates

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.’’ New York Post

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Haywood v. National Basketball Association went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled in Haywood’s favor in 1971. The sides settled out of court, allowing Haywood to stay with Seattle, and the NBA implemented an exception to its rule for players who could prove financial hardship. As a 21-year-old NBA rookie, Haywood had been ridiculed, degraded and sued. He had also changed the face of pro and college ball, paving the way for many like him to use the sport as a way out of poverty. Welcome to the NBA, kid. “Remember, I’m from Silver City, Miss.,” Haywood said. “If I hadn’t seen it there, I wasn’t going to see it in life. God had prepared me since I was a kid.” Denver Post

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Mayor Ed Murray says a recent visit with NBA commissioner Adam Silver has him doubting that Seattle can land a team within the next few years. And that has Murray worried no team will arrive before the November 2017 expiration of a Sodo arena funding agreement between the city, King County and entrepreneur Chris Hansen. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between them states an NBA team must be acquired for Hansen to receive up to $200 million in city and county bond funding for the proposed venue. Seattle Times

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That a major station could ignore a third of the professional sports sphere entirely is preposterous from an outsider’s perspective. But it is a testament to the severity of the pain that the move to Oklahoma City caused the city of Seattle. “There’s no doubt there’s a huge hole here. There’s a huge gap here, especially in the wintertime. Once the NFL season ends in January, that’s when the traditional rhythms of thinking about basketball used to start and now it’s gone.” “People say, ‘Oh it’s not that bad’, but really it is like there was a death in the family. When they left, it left a huge hole in the city’s sports heart that might never be fixed,” add Gastineau. The Sports Quotient

Seattle in the early 90’s was a three-sport city, but after the Sonics fired head coach KC Jones halfway through the 91’-92’ season, the team hired a coach who would become an icon a decade later. George Karl came from Spain to replace Jones and the Sonics soon became the main event in town once again. Before the coaching change, Seattle’s enigmatic young stars, Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, were under fire and fans squawked for the pair to be traded. But where fans saw trouble, Karl saw potential for greatness. “Karl lit a box of dynamite under this city,” says Gastineau. The Sports Quotient

The Gasman spotlights the Golden State series’ pivotal moment with lucid detail. He points to a monstrous alley-oop dunk from Payton to Kemp to crack a 124-124 tie in the third game of the series and crack the sound barrier inside the Coliseum. Gastineau reminisces about one of the iconic moments in Seattle sports history. “It was a big lob from Payton to Kemp for just an unbelievable dunk. And it was a remarkable call from [Sonics Radio/TV broadcaster, Kevin] Calabro, and the next two days you couldn’t turn our station on without hearing it.” Calabro’s call reciprocated the energy in the Coliseum that night with a passionate crescendo as Kemp buried the ball through the hoop. “Up to Gary Payton, a lead pass to Kemp and he’ll slam it down! What a lob! Wow! Gary Payton with a lob ahead to Kemp! He went airborne and defied gravity! What a play! The Reignman has struck!” The Sports Quotient

November 12, 2014 Updates
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Aldridge responds: If you are asking if the Hawks would move to Seattle some day, David, I think not. I'm not naïve enough to think there's no chance the Hawks could leave Atlanta, but I think the current chances fall somewhere between microscopic and impossible. The league has no desire to leave Atlanta and there's corporate money flowing throughout the city and state, more than enough to put a local group together with a chief rainmaker who would keep the team in town. As for Bruce Levenson's motivations, well, we've discussed those at length over the past couple of months. NBA.com

October 31, 2014 Updates
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But I make no excuses. I posted my best personal numbers last season, and we still didn’t make the playoffs. Some of the backlash was pretty hard to take — I learned that there is apparently such a thing as an “empty stat” (I’ll try to remember the importance of that the next time I am boxing out for a rebound against Tim Duncan). In the end, I was given the opportunity to move on, and I took it. My decision was about wanting to win. When I think back to being a kid shooting on an eight-foot hoop in my Shawn Kemp jersey, I never dreamed about putting up a triple-double or signing a max contract. I dreamed about holding up a championship trophy. In order to get to that place, I knew that I needed to move on. The Players' Tribune

September 28, 2014 Updates

Now twenty-five years later, Furman says he is still working on getting the NBA to the Bluegrass State but with a group of organizers in Louisville instead. The group hopes to bring a team there which has the NBA-ready KFC Yum! Center that seats over 22,000. “The NBA TV contract runs out 2015-16, and it looks like the NBA is going to expand to two more teams. They're talking about Seattle and one other team and I figure that other team may be Louisville,” Furman said. River City News

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