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Daily Roundup 12.06.06

One of the funniest Seahawk slogans in recent memory was the "IT'S NOW TIME" catchphrase from a few years back.

This year's Sonics team could appropriate that phrase.

IT'S NOW TIME ... OR WE TRADE THEIR BUTTS

Here's the article in question.

A team source said Bennett was upset with Hill at how the coach handled a public feud with reserves Damien Wilkins and Watson two weeks ago, and Lewis is trade bait because the one-time all-star small forward has the option to void the final two years of his contract after the season and become an unrestricted free agent.

As they should be. Hill should know better than to try to fight a battle with a player in the media ... the coach never wins anything like that unless he's won a championship first and sometimes not even then. I'm OK with trading Rashard but it's not clear at this point whether or not he would opt out. I don't see many teams that have the cap space to max out a free agent SF. Which is not to say that Rashard wouldn't be highly coveted but his trade value will likely never be higher than it is right now. What do you guys think?

Great win last night vs. a terrible Hawks team by the way ...

"We were awful," Mike Woodson said. "We were terrible defensively. We had no defensive presence. I mean, it was a joke. Our bench was awful. I know this team can play better than we did."

When asked whether there were any positives from the game, Woodson said: "Not tonight, none, zero."

I'd also like to note that this same Hawks team which appeared so listless last night stomped the balls off the Blazers last Sunday.

David Locke blogs about the D in his inimitable style.

Chris Wilcox was guarded by young Josh Smith in the post and abused him on numerous opportunities. This is a good sign for the Sonics using Wilcox as a post option. Right now they are much more willing to go to Nick Collison rather than Wilcox in the post.

Why they do, I don't know since Nick is just not a post-up player.

Ray Allen will have an MRI done today to determine the severity of his foot injury. If I hear anything, I will post it ASAP.

One Sonics player declined comment, while Rashard Lewis was non-committal when asked if Seattle is a better defensive team without Allen.

Despite giving up 34 points to Joe Johnson, the Sonics held Atlanta to 87 points and 38.6 percent shooting, which was a season-low for an opponent.

"I don't want to say we (are) because we played good defense tonight," Lewis said. "You don't know if it's going to be that way the next game.

Heh heh heh. Now that's a question that could have opened a #10 can of worms ...

What are we going to do without our resident pessimist Frank Hughes? I'm enjoying reading the TNT again!

“My hand feels pretty good,” [Marvin] Williams said. “I can shoot. I can dribble. It feels normal. So I feel pretty good.

“When I first broke it I was kind of optimistic about making it to this game. But unfortunately I didn’t, but it’s for the best.”

After a so-so first year Williams played well during the summer and was expected to have a breakout season in his second season.

And the writeup ...

One of those guys was Damian Wilkins, who started in place of Allen. Wilkins, who had complained earlier this year about inconsistent playing time, did a nice job on Atlanta’s Joe Johnson defensively, and finished with 10 points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes.

“I didn’t want to go in there and try to put pressure on myself and try to be Ray Allen,” Wilkins said. “I can’t do that. He’s his own self. I just wanted to bring a lot of energy and make Joe Johnson take tough shots.”

Meanwhile in arena news, Washington lawmakers point fingers at the limpwristed buffoons who run Seattle.

Prentice said Nickels had a big part in creating the problem.

"They talked their way right out of it (keeping the Sonics at KeyArena)," she said. "I'm not saying no because there's a deal yet to be cut, but I just think that really takes nerve. If anyone was negative or too busy to talk about it, that came out of Seattle."

Prentice said while she championed the effort to find a way to renovate KeyArena she was "truly dismayed at this kind of an attitude, 'Sorry, we can't be bothered ... it doesn't add anything to our city.' I said, 'OK but it will add something to somebody's city around here.' "

The likely outcome is that the State will have to pay off the KeyArena debt because of the abject incompetence and arrogance of "leaders" like liar Nick Licata and Greg Nickels, who never met a public works project he didn't like as long as he came up with the idea ... your elected officials, Seattle.

Don't forget to come out to the Hornets game this Friday! SOS is going to be donating a truckload full of toys to the Salvation Army and letting team owners know that the nattering nabobs of negativity don't run this whole town.