I’m guessing the Tri-City Herald in Kennewick, Washington was representing the feelings of thousands of SuperSonics fans with this headline. Call it classless if you want, but how would you feel if you were a Sonics fan and your owner sold the team to a new owner who moved the franchise to Oklahoma City? Kevin Durant wore a Sonics jersey his first year in the NBA. This was supposed to be Seattle’s team. I feel their pain, I really do. But as we learned with that awful T-shirt, playing this game doesn’t make anything better for anyone. Not only that, but aren’t newspapers supposed to cover things more objectively? I guess we’re in a different age.
An Oklahoma City apparel company says it has pulled a Thunder T-shirt from its website after receiving death threats from angry SuperSonics fans.
The insensitive shirt (seen above) features the Seattle Supersonics logo and says “OKC Thunder” on the front. The back taunts Thunder fans with a mean-spirited message: “Thank you Seattle – Okc.”
The shirt apparently has been around for a few years but didn’t receive much attention until it was mentioned on Twitter by New York Times NBA writer Howard Beck and then highly publicized by Yahoo! NBA blog Ball Don’t Lie.
The shirt’s maker, Warpaint Clothing Co., says it began receiving hate mail on Monday and initially laughed about rubbing it in for Sonics fans. They expressed a more conciliatory tone several hours later:
So much hate in the world. No disrespect meant. We appreciate where our team came from actually. Put your energy into something positive.
— warpaint clothing co (@warpaintrags) May 21, 2012
They also reportedly announced they were removing the shirt from their site because of death threats, but that tweet has been deleted. A different version of the shirt seems to be available on the site.
I’m glad the company received some backlash and decided to pull the shirt. Tasteful taunting is fair game when your team beats another city’s, but mocking fans for their owner selling to another who moved the team out of the city is overboard.
Not that you didn’t already know it, but some people can be creepy. Really creepy. Take for instance Ronnie Craven. Mr. Craven has been professing to be one Jeff Turner, a former NBA player. I’ve never heard of Jeff Turner, and I’m guessing you haven’t either. I guess that’s what makes it perfect for Craven’s purposes. For instance, if you were planning to lie to some chick, telling her you’re Jeff Keppinger from the Reds works a little better than saying you’re Ken Griffey Jr., capiche? Well, Mr. Craven knew what he was doing all along. He said he was Turner and that he was an employee in the Sonics front office.
“I am going to be honest with you. I don’t work for them,” the man who posed as Turner said from his home in Somerville, a Boston suburb, when reached by the Seattle P-I on Monday. “(The situation was) all brought on by an online dating thing. Craigslist. I lied to her. Does that mean I can go out there and represent the Sonics? No. Does that mean that I did it to get some (sex)? Absolutely.”
“This wasn’t meant to be (anything negative) toward the Sonics,” said Craven, who said he has three daughters, is separated from his wife and works in property management. “People get lied to all the time. Did I do anything illegal against the Sonics? No. Did I go out and represent the Sonics in any fashion? I’m not actually proposing that I did that. Did I do this for the broad? Yes.”
From now on, when someone asks you why you lied, just tell em “I did it for the broad.” And in case you were wondering, when I’m doing my online dating, I just tell chicks my name is Drew Magary and their clothes come flying off. Works all the time.
(via Ben Maller)
I’m not exactly sure what it is. Maybe it’s for the same reason people like seeing footage of their favorite athletes playing ball in the backyard when they were kids. Maybe it’s the way it tells the journey through the basketball life as a player. Maybe because it reminds you that before the players were superstars in the NBA, they were also on a middle school team just like me and you. Just watch:
I can’t describe it, but I love seeing that commercial. Every single time it’s on it captivates me. Maybe it’s just because it’s simply brilliant.
Remember three years ago when the Sonics won the division with a 52-30 record, going on to lose to the Spurs in the second round of the playoffs? Remember what type of team that was? It was the ultimate run-and-gun offense — with less emphasis on the run, and more emphasis on the gun. At most points in the game, they would have four men on the floor who could shoot the 3 ball — Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Luke Ridnour, and Vlad Radmonivic — and then one big with Jerome James or Reggie Evans. Picture something similar when you add Kevin Durant to the mix.
Now, you’re looking at a Sonics lineup of Allen, Lewis (for how long?), Ridnour, Durant, and then Chris Wilcox/Nick Collison. Previously I said that the Trail Blazers would be an absolute nightmare to match-up with. The Sonics will be a tough match-up, for an inverse reason. They will be an outside shooting group of small guys. With that lethal combination, they’ll have a chance to beat any team on the floor. I don’t see any championships, but it will be fun to watch.
(and I’m fully aware I’m opening myself up to policing by posting a Kevin Durant picture here)