Jack Sikma Rumors

Christie grew up in Seattle, in the era of the Officer Friendly program. That program brought police officers into the schools at an early age to try and forge better relationships with students and the community in what was standard operating procedure. Police officers there, and then, handed out trading cards to kids of then-Seattle SuperSonics players like Gus Williams, Dennis Johnson and Jack Sikma. Kids would have to walk up to the cops and ask for the cards. Seeds of a relationship were formed and police were in the communities they served. Many still try. But too many encounters are ending like the one with Clark. And the local basketball team, still a point of civic pride in a city that has its own identity separate from the business in the state capital that gleams in downtown, is trying to do more than just dribble and sell tickets. “It’s odd that the community saved the Kings,” Christie said, “and now it’s coming full circle for the Kings to try and help save the community.”
Q: What facets of your game have improved the most? A: My footwork, my quickness, my ability to be lighter and quicker on my feet and my ability to know what my opponents are doing. But those are things I also feel like I need to keep working at and continuing to get better at. Q: You’ve been working a lot with Jack Sikma. What has he been able to teach you? A: Footwork in the low post to get your opponent adjusting. How he’s playing you — is he close, is he far away? — and which move you should use.
So much has changed since the Sonics won the city’s only major pro title — the Seattle Storm won two WNBA championships and soccer’s Sounders won as well — way back in 1979. It was so long ago that the Sonics have since moved away, to Oklahoma City in a disappearance Sikma still calls disturbing. “There was an even more personal connection with fans back then,” Sikma said. “I knew most all the season-ticket holders in the front row. You could pretty much walk out after games and it was bedlam as far as autograph seekers and talking to kids. That personalized it. The media attention has changed, the world has changed. It was pretty special the connection with the city we had back then.”
How far away do you think you are from getting an opportunity to be a head coach? Shawn Respert: You know what? Not far away. I don’t think any young coach could ask for a better coaching staff that I came into. All of them are former NBA players: Adelman, Terry Porter, TR Dunn, Jack Sikma and then in Houston we had Elston Turner. All I had to do was just sit back and keep my mouth shut, listen and learn. After almost six years of working with a staff like that in the NBA, I’m sure I’m ready for a head coaching job for a college level or maybe a D-League opportunity. The NBA? Let’s say maybe five years. Then I’ll be ready to do something in the NBA and lead a team.