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Err, no mention of a certain Hall of Fame honoree?

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And I don't mean Paul Westphal, though he is a worthy honoree.

Seattle sports fans are disdainful of Schultz's presidential bid

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That's hardly news of course, but it's not very often that the New Yorker magazine mentions the Seattle SuperSonics. The article does have two very good quotes, one from Gas Man about how Schultz "doesn't know what he doesn't know", and one from Repanich "He doesn’t want to coalition-build—he wants to direct.". But it's a rather weak and (for Seattleites) non-informative article over all. Almost all of the quotes are from Repanich, Gas Man, and Softy, who are not terrible sources but not great ones. And the article makes the mistake of believing Softy's evaluation of the Payton-Ray Allen trade as being a mistake for the Sonics. In fact it was the one really good move made during Walker's regime: trading away a disgruntled over-the-hill star for a younger star in his prime. If Payton had stayed with the Sonics the results would have been all kinds of awful, with Payton not wanting to be here and being resentful. That the Sonics were able to get in return a player with future Hall of Fame credentials who was younger was a masterstroke.

Politics, Schultz, and the Sonics

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Matt Bors' political cartoon is about Howard Schultz's presidential candidacy, but manages to give a shout out to the Sonics in the process.

Meet and Get Autographs from 9/12 Living Members of the 1978-1979 Seattle SuperSonics Championship Team incl. Fred Brown and Gus Williams

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Mill Creek Sports is doing a reunion signing with the 1978-1979 NBA Champion Seattle SuperSonics. Meet and get autographs from 9/12 living members of the team like Fred Brown and Gus Williams. More info is provided in the link and in the description of any of the products listed.

Nick Collison's number to be retired

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I have mixed feelings. Collison had a long career with just one franchise and I respect him, but even if he'd spent all those seasons in Seattle I don't think he'd deserve to have his number in the rafters with MacMillan, Brown, etc. The franchise's new city seems to be desperate to find a player to honor and Durant is clearly not going to be given that honor. So Collison. Which seems a stretch to me, but we're not talking about Sonics retired numbers and hey it's nice for Nick Collison.

Durant wants to be an NBA owner; for Seattle would be 'great story'

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Kevin Durant wants to be an NBA team owner and will look around at any opportunity after he retires. If he can help bring a team back to Seattle, he'd be all for that.

"It's just the fact that I played there and I get so much love there," Durant said. "More than any city in the league probably. Look, it would be a great story. But it would be a lot of hard work, it won't be easy because it's Seattle. After the press release and the first couple of weeks it's straight to work. I know people want to tie me into Seattle a lot, and I love being part of that, but I'm not just waiting for that opportunity. Any opportunity that comes around where I could become [part of] an ownership group or a front office or anywhere I could just help the team as of right now in my life I would go for it, but who knows what will happen at the end of my career?"

More from ESPN at the link.

BREAKING: NHL Board of Governors to Vote to Expand to Seattle in December

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The Seattle ownership group and mayor Jenny Durkan made their formal presentation to the NHL executive committee this morning. Judging by the constant stream of tweets by King5’s Chris Daniels and Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, things went pretty well.

Meet Gary Payton this Thursday

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Gary Payton will be doing a meet-and-greet at the Pioneer Square Simply Seattle store this Thursday. This is your chance to show the Glove some love! The event is free but VIP tickets are available at the link.

Tim Grgurich wins assistant coach award

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One things that one has to say about George Karl: his assistant coaching staff with the Sonics was exceptionally talented. We've known about Kloppenburg, and now Grgurich has been officially recognized. Casey and Stotts have become head coaches, very successful ones last season (although their teams underperformed in the playoffs).