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A podcast about the Sonics' departure from Seattle

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This was created this past fall but I only discovered this a few days ago: The Ringer created a podcast called "Sonic Boom" about the Sonics' sale and departure. They do give eventually give a nod to "Sonicsgate" and have a good set of interviewees including Brian Robinson. But I don't listen to podcasts and this is nine episodes that on the whole merely revisit history that we either know from living through it or that were covered in "Sonicsgate". That calls for spending a lot of time for not much new information. They do uncover a new name and story: a guy named Ed Evans who put together a group to buy the Sonics, initially without a strong notion of moving them. But he was hanging out with people such as Bennett, McClendon, etc. and eventually invited them to join his group. And they pulled him in their direction, although he soon left the ownership group after the sale. Most of the podcast is behind a paywall but there are transcripts on The Ringer website that can be read for free: https://www.theringer.com/sonic-boom

Hansen buys more land

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Hansen also meets with community group

11 years without our Sonics

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Today marks the 11th anniversary that we lost our beloved Seattle SuperSonics. On July 2nd, 2008 the City of Seattle and Mayor Greg Nickels accepted a settlement agreement with Clayton Bennet and the OKC businessmen to break the Sonics’ lease with the city and relocate the franchise to Oklahoma City.

Interview with Kevin Calabro

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He now does TV (but not radio) broadcasts for the TrailBlazers, and does quite a good job of it. He's calmer and more understandable than when he got excited and started shouting gibberish while doing the Sonics. On one broadcast I heard him slip and say "Sonics" when he meant to say "Blazers"; on another website Blazer fans complain that he does that once a game. He has good observations about how much the broadcaster can convey just by using his tone of voice.

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.