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Seattle basketball fans haven't been the same since they lost their beloved franchise of the SuperSonics. Now the team resides in Oklahoma City and holds the name of the Thunder, who are competing for an NBA title against the Miami Heat.
An ESPN SportsNation poll asked fans on who would win the NBA Finals and the only states who had the Heat as the majority to win were Florida and Washington. Get it?
Anyways, Seattle is now trying to work on getting a new NBA team for the city. Maybe they could bring the Sonics back? For the past few days, city mayor Mike McGinn and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer joined in discussion with David Stern on bringing a team to Seattle.
According to the Seattle Times
, the fans had a rally Thursday to show support for bringing an NBA team. Former Sonics greats such as Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton showed up for it: Instead, a two-hour rally organized by Chris Hansen, the lead financier behind the plan, served as an opportunity to remember the Sonics' history and fire up those hoping for the team's return. "Thank you, Chris," yelled a crowd estimated by Hansen's group at 6,000 — and by others at 2,000 to 3,000 — as Hansen took the stage to open the rally at 4 p.m.
The former Sonics included Gary Payton, Slick Watts, Shawn Kemp and Detlef Schrempf. The politicians included King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell and King County Council member Bob Ferguson.
We'll see if Seattle can bring back an NBA team sooner or later. Josh Dhani is the founder of FootBasket. You can read more about him at his website. Follow him on Twitter @joshdhani.
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