As we wrote before, one of the most likely ways for the NBA to get some fresh capital is through expansion. The moment Adam Silver spoke about the possibility, every NBA fan thought one thing – BRING BACK THE SONICS!! Yesterday, a Sonics legend said he’d be willing to chip in.
“I would love for Seattle to have a team, and I would love to be part of the ownership.”Ray Allen, Landon Buford
Jesus Shuttleworth to the rescue! Seattle losing an NBA team was one of the biggest mistakes the NBA made in the past few decades. Seattle fans were one of the most passionate fans in the NBA. A major reason for that was the connection the Sonics had in the community. Allen explained it when he spoke about bringing the Sonics back.
“People were upset with the then owners, and I told them, listen, I wear Seattle on my chest, but I only wear it for a brief time. When I leave, this is your city. You always have to fight for your city, for your team, and the pride of what it is. You cannot lose a sports team in your city because it is a community resource. As an adult, you have your frustrations and things that piss you off the dynamics, the politics, but we do things for the kids.”Ray Allen, Landon Buford
The most absurd part was that the team moved to Oklahoma City, and then new ownership and front office keeps pointing out it’s hard to run a team in a small market. They expect sympathy and support for something they did to themselves! Hypocrisy aside, the Sonics’ roots in Seattle are so deep that the fans will embrace the team if/when they return to the city. Bringing Allen in as a minority owner would help with that process, as he understands how you fight for the city and build connections with the community.
“There was a high school in Seattle their jersey was stolen. So, Rashard Lewis and I made sure that we purchased new jerseys, so they had them. When you do not have that NBA team in that city, and you lose that resource. We knew about it, and we acted immediately because it helps the local kids connect with us. And that goes for any professional team in any city.”Ray Allen, Landon Buford
There’s no doubt Seattle is on the top of the expansion list whenever it happens. When the Sonics return, it will right one of the worst wrongs in the NBA and make every basketball fan happy.