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Ray Allen bringing basketball back to Seattle

Mar 30, 2010, 1:27 PM EDT

The fans in Seattle got screwed.

They deserve some NBA basketball, Ray Allen is trying to bring it to them, at least for a night. Sports Illustrated has the details.

A charity game, spearheaded by Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen and embraced by a litany of other players with ties to Seattle and the now-defunct SuperSonics, is in the works for this summer.

“I thought it was appropriate to do something for the city, to thank the fans for more than 40 years of support, and to show the NBA that Seattle is still a viable market for the NBA,” Allen said.

Detlef Schrempf is helping pull this together. (Is there a cooler throwback jersey than the Sonics Schrempf jersey?) Scheduled to take part are Jason Terry, Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy and others. Lenny Wilkens may even come back and coach (it does not count in the record chase though).

The game may also be a place where Gary Payton can get his number retired. It should be, but Payton is not going to have the ceremony done in Oklahoma City because he has no ties there. He wants it done in Seattle.

It should be. The fans there got screwed. (Oklahoma City, that is not a slight at you. You were the beneficiaries. You voted to tax yourselves so an insanely rich man could build an arena on the cheap, but if you’re good with that largess then so be it. You have the great young team. But that doesn’t mean owners and politicians didn’t screw Seattle fans.)

This needs to come to pass. There are a lot of hurdles to overcome, from finding sponsors to a lot of people in the city still being pissed at the NBA. But rather than a memorial, this could be a celebration. A reminder that Seattle is a good basketball city. Something worth celebrating.

This needs to come to pass.

  1. Jake Navajo - Apr 1, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    @you, Phil: We are almost in agreement on Ray Allen. You say he is a stud. I say he WAS a stud, but we’re close. He was my favorite member of the team formerly known as the Sonics. Cheers!

  2. Mark - Apr 3, 2010 at 3:16 AM

    This debate can go on, and will go on forever until Seattle gets an
    NBA franchise again. I don’t live in Oklahoma City, but do live in
    Oklahoma so the shots some of you take at My state have quickly grown
    old. Everyone knows the former owner sold you out, knowing damn well
    Bennett was going to move the team eventually. That should be the focus of your anger. I’m sure it stings to see the OKC franchise
    thrive, and the fact that the club is backed by money from the energy
    sector means it will continue to do so. At least you kept the Sonics name and colors, when My favorite NFL team was plucked from Houston Bud Adams kept the tradition for his own selfish reasons. Someday you’ll have a chance to return to the league like the Browns did in Cleveland years ago. All that being said the Thunder has been a great
    story this year, and Durant’s rise to stardom is even sweeter due to
    the fact that fans in this region had the priviledge to watch Kevin frequently during his one year at Texas. We knew he would do great
    things in the NBA, and watching him do that in our backyard makes the teams rise to prominence all the more special. Seattle fans, we
    know you were robbed, and if there’s any justice in the world the
    Sonics will live to fight another day.

  3. 85celticsfan - Apr 5, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    Hey jake,hows 6 3s in your mouth and 33 total pts..Not bad for someone who “was a stud”.Man i hope your not a die hard baseball fan too or your probly not far from hangin it up.but if you are did you catch the sox game tonight?Wicked f#ckin awesome dude!!

  4. Tucker - Apr 9, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Just a comment on the Native American tribe that offered the land for a stadium. It wasn’t a bad deal but it was near the city of Auburn, which is 30-40 miles away from downtown Seattle and relatively out in the middle of nowehere. It really wouldn’t have been a great location for a team to make a healthy go of things.

  5. Mark - Apr 10, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    The tribal land offer was a joke. 30 miles from anywhere down one of the most dangerous roads in the state. 2 lanes to hell. As for the arena bunk, there is nothing at all wrong with Key Arena and we aren’t done paying for the remodel done to it in the mid 90′s yet. Does it make sense to anyone else that they should have focused on filling up the arena they had before requesting another? The coffee king partnered up with some marginally well of pals when he bought the team. Pro sports franchises are not for the light of wallet. They all loose money until they are sold. Lots of it. I still don’t know how the purchase was approved. Must have been a Jewish thing. Only Howard has a pot to piss in-the rest were just shop keepers. Most had every dime they had in the world tied up in the team. It was loosing money and the weenies couldn’t cover. They all made a ton when it sold however. It was a spin deal from day one or Howard was hoping to screw the little owners over time as they were bled dry.
    What should have been done was a simple renegotiation of the lease on the arena. The existing deal was a total screw job for the team. Had that been done out of the gate when Howie and the stooges bought the team, then the team would still be here playing in the Key Arena.
    What finished the Sonics was Stearn’s ego when he was told to go f*** himself by the legislature-correctly so IMO. Stearns, Bennett and Howard are chiseling punks. They all deserve many KITN’s. Stearn’s tried to strong arm the State and got his head dunked in the toilet. He got even-that’s all.
    Finally, who cares about the NBA anyway? I was a season ticket holder and I have not watched a single NBA game since the Sonics left. Haven’t missed it a bit. When you think about what the NBA was in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s and compare it to the garbage it is now how could anyone give a s***? The clowns playing have absolutely nothing in common with the clowns paying. Good riddance.

  6. chris shirling - Apr 18, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Randy… the message you should take away from all of this is David Stern will screw over OKC if it advances he fundamentally sick NBA business model. The city of Seattle backed the team up well prior to the start of the Bird/Johnson years when the league resembled the movie Semi Pro. He knew he wasn’t going to get a new arena paid for so instead of pulling the money out of the X billion in revenue the league gets each year, he allowed the team to move to a market that has no business with a pro sports team.
    You have the leagues top scorer and the only game in town and you are bragging about selling out the arena only half the time???
    The long term mistake David Stern has made is he has exposed the league to the real downside and that is a city can survive with out an NBA team and here in Seattle, there is no outcry on sports radio for people wanting the league back. Other cities (sacramento, portland, etc.) will be able to laugh at Stern when he threatens to move the team. They will simply be able to say, “go ahead and move to Fort Wayne or Gulf Shores.”
    He is a snake oil salesman..

  7. anthony - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    wow..I am from Oklahoma City and we are supportive of
    our NBA team. It just seems that people want to slam OK as
    some sort of backwater/hicktown.. Maybe, some of you big city
    Seattle folks will quit whining and get over it! I think Seattle
    is an exceptionally beautifully (albeit, rainy place.), but I don’t
    have to insult your residents to feel good about my place
    of residence. Big business is not kind to anything but the bottom line (ask the 50 or so OKC Starbucks that closed shop) hmmmmm…don’t see us attacking the Seattle Coffee Mafia?

  8. Jerry - Apr 29, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    apparently you do ^ boycotting Starbucks nuff said.

  9. OKCIgnorants - Apr 30, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    No slight to OKC fans, but your owner is a criminal.
    He intentionally sabotaged the season in order to get draft picks and alienate fans, and he intentionally alienated politicians, and he along with David Stern intentionally made a greedy arena ultimatatum that they knew Seattle could not currently afford.
    Your blindless and devotion to Clayton is what makes us hate you, nothing more.

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