Sunday, May 13, 2007

What an Unbelievable Mess

Frank Hughes hits a home run today with a scathing story about the mess that is the Sonics these days. Everything from lies, anger, betrayal and back-stabbing, all in one huge mess of a franchise.

What struck me the most? Lenny Wilkins spending half of a 90-minute meeting questioning the logic of drafting Sene last year with their lottery pick. Why does that strike me? Because that's exactly what Lenny said to me last summer at that charity dinner! We spoke for 15 minutes, but that was one of the first things he said, what the heck were they thinking about drafting another 7-foot project this year? He was very clear and emphatic that he thought it was a terrible move, and you can see that he's still carrying that around.

What a rudderless ship. Please, please, PLEASE, just go ahead and move. Pack up this franchise, this mess of an organization that you grossly overpaid for, and move it back to OKC. Let the region realize how much it misses the NBA as time goes by, and a better building will happen and/or the Key will be renovated, and the Sonics we love so much will be back. But not this group. At this point, I don't even know if I want to support Bennett in any way, shape or form, and if that means losing the franchise? So be it. Show a little respect by leaving the team logo and history behind, but please, just go away.


Anonymous said...

Why do you keep writing about the Sonics? Isn't this WSU football?

You are wrong here in one big way. If you lose the NBA, how do the Sonics come back? Does this state really strike you as progressive in anything? They had guns to their heads over the M's, and Allen bought the election for the Hawks. But if the Sonics move they will shrug their shoulders and move on to "more important things". Seattle won't be another Cleveland Brownies situaiton. Half the state things the key is just fine as it is. And the NBA is watered down as too and DS isn't dying for expansion. and if Bennett moves the franchise DS won't be thrilled with moving one back. He'll view Seattle as having failed in a big way, not the other way around, and the last thing he will want to do is reward the city for not giving in to Bennett in the first place. If they move, you might as well write off the NBA for many years. Go cougs!

Sedihawk said...

Whatever. The NBA left a small market like Charlotte, but immediately came back once they got the new building. No way the NBA stays away from 40+ years of history and a near top-10 market.

Then again, the NFL left LA - TWICE - and hasn't returned. Maybe Seattle becomes the NBA's version of the LA market to the NFL? Anything can happen. But I guess I choose to be optimistic that the NBA will leave, and the region will miss it much more than anyone realizes. A strong public/private plan will come together, a building will get done, and the NBA will return. Sometimes you fail to realize what you actually have until it's gone, and that's what it's going to take.

But more than anything else? Bennett is looking like an indecisive buffoon who isn't playing "the game" to get something done around here. He's painted as an absentee owner, and this region is more provincial than anywhere else. Being "From HERE" is a big deal to a lot of people around here, like it or not, and people just don't want to rally around pumpkin-head from OKC. I don't think people have trusted him from the moment the awkward press conference introduced him to Seattle fans.