NBA fans are rejoicing over the beginning of the new season and the opening of training camps. With the expected ratification of the collective bargaining agreement today by both the players and the owners, the 150-plus day lockout will come to an end.
Many fans were struggling to cope without the NBA in their lives. Welcome to life in Seattle, I guess.
The Basketball Jones will not go away in the Emerald City as Sonics fans continue to yearn for a return of their team -- or the arrival of any team -- to cheer for. The team left for Oklahoma City three years ago and Seattle has stayed on at least one person's mind -- Gary Payton.
Payton, who helped support the Save the Sonics movement before the team officially moved, has continued to represent the Sonics and has continued to work to help Seattle return the Sonics.
"I want to get a team back there and I think we got a lot of people that are really on board for that," Payton told So Cal Sports Media in Orange County...