Dear Seattle Supersonics,
Hey man, how have you been? I’ve been thinking about you lately. With the start of the new NBA season coming up I thought I’d write to you. It has been a while since we’ve seen you, nine almost ten years to be exact. It feels like yesterday you were here balling with us, kicking it back with the family. Then just like that, you were gone. I still remember the day you left. It was one of the saddest days for us. Nobody wanted to see you go, well except for maybe the Trail Blazers. But you know how they are. They were always your biggest rivals. But the way they forced you to pack your bags and get out was messed up. There was no reason to do it. You didn’t do anything wrong, except for being stuck in your old ways haha.
But now I hear talk of the great Seattle Supersonics possibly returning to the NBA once again. I know they’re just rumors, but hearing that gets me excited. I heard the Sacramento Kings talked with you about the possibility of returning. I know they tried hard to get you back, but it wasn’t enough because you’re still nowhere to be seen. All the news and rumors got me thinking about how great it would be seeing Seattle back in the NBA. But it also got me thinking about the NBA and how it has changed since your last days. A lot has happened, everything is different. There is so much to fill you in on that I don’t know where to start.
Well I’ll start off by telling you that KG, Kobe, Duncan, Pierce, Shaq, and Iverson no longer dominate the game. They are all retired now. And the youngsters you knew like Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Chris Paul are now veterans in the league. It’s a young man’s game now led by Curry, Leonard, Harden, Davis, and Westbrook. They all came after you left. They’re good, but it’s not the same.
As for the Celtics and Lakers well they both went through rebuilds after the Kobe and Big Three eras ended. In the Lakers case they tried to fight off the rebuild. They traded for Dwight Howard, but that ended up blowing up in their face. Not to mention an “oh you almost had it” trade with Chris Paul that the big bad NBA rejected.
They ended up suffering through the end of the Kobe Bryant era by being one of the worst teams in the league. Kobe finally retired in 2016, going out in the most Kobe Bryant way possible, by dropping 60 points in his final game. They have a bright young team in the years after his retirement led by a kid named Lonzo Ball. Kids got game; he’s being compared to the great Magic Johnson. Speaking of Magic he is back with the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations. The Lakers are going to be back on top very soon.
As for the Celtics, well they jumpstarted their rebuilding process by robbing the Brooklyn Nets (Formally New Jersey, they moved). They traded aging KG, and Pierce for a couple of no names and four future first-round picks. Talk about highway robbery for the Celtics. The picks ended up being a 17, 3, and number 1 overall. The last pick was traded to Cleveland alongside Isaiah Thomas for Kyrie Irving. You got to see Isaiah play; he’s a hell of a player. He is not related to the legend Isiah Thomas, but it is funny how he got his name. This Isaiah is 5’9 and plays with the biggest chip on his shoulder. The things he has done and played through is unreal. He plays with heart, the type of player you would have wanted on your teams. He’s even from the Seattle area. Now the Celtics are back on top of the East along with the Cavs.
Speaking of Cleveland, you’re going to love hearing this story. So in the summer of 2010 Lebron James got up and left his hometown of Cleveland to “take his talents to South Beach”. He abandoned it to play with his buddies Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. They became the most hated team in the NBA. Karma came back to bite them in the ass when they lost in the Finals that year to Dirk and the Mavs. Lebron ended up winning two titles in Miami becoming the best player in the world.
This story takes a turn in the summer of 2014. Four years after leaving Cleveland, Lebron penned a letter titled “I’m Coming Home”, signaling his return to the Cavs. This man had the balls to return home after leaving them high and dry four years earlier. He had one goal for returning, to win a championship for Cleveland. He ended up accomplishing it two years later by beating “the greatest team ever” (Golden State Warriors) in an amazing NBA Finals series. Yes that’s correct, the best regular season team ever didn’t win the championship that year. What’s even crazier is that the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead.
Elsewhere in the NBA the New York Knicks are a joke, but that hasn’t changed since you left. They traded for and then traded Melo in the short time you’ve been gone. They also hired Phil Jackson to be President of Basketball Operations which ended up being a disaster. So, all in all, it’s the same old Knicks.
The Sacremento Kings are still garbage. The Phoenix Suns are now irrelevant. The San Antonio Spurs are still great. The Philadelphia 76ers blatantly tanked. The Chicago Bulls were good and then bad. The Orlando Magic are a joke. The Charlotte Bobcats are now the Hornets, and the New Orleans Hornets are now the Pelicans. Understand that? They are now known as the Charlotte Hornets and the New Orleans Pelicans.
And in LA the Clippers became good for once in their life by trading for Chris Paul. They teamed him, Blake Griffin, and Deandre Jordan together to form Lob City. They were entertaining but never made any noise in the playoffs. They also had this huge controversy with their owner, but that’s too juicy to tell you in this letter.
I got another crazy story for you. So you remember Kevin Durant? That tall lanky kid that played for you the year before you left? Well, he turned out to be one of the best players in the league. He won an MVP award, dedicating it to his mother in a touching acceptance speech. He even called her “the real MVP”. He would make it to the Finals with your younger brother Oklahoma City, losing to Lebron and the Miami Heat. He’s now considered a top-5 talent in the league. And you just missed out on his greatness. Just thinking about the things you two could have done is scary!
Anyways back to the story. He was on top of the world, but in the summer of 2016 he packed his bags and left OKC. Plot twist, he didn’t just leave for any team, he left for “the greatest team ever” GSW. Durant became the NBA’s most hated man. He was called soft, a trader, and was accused of taking the easy way out. It worked out for him because he won his first championship in Golden State. Even though he got his title, it didn’t mean as much as it could of. If he won it in here, in Seattle, it would have been sweeter.
As for your younger brother Oklahoma City Thunder, well they’re doing pretty good for themselves. They made four Western Conference Finals and appeared in one NBA Finals. They’ve had two MVPs in KD and Russell Westbrook, who is an absolute animal. They are one of the top teams in the league and don’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. You should be proud of them.
But a lot of their success can be thanks to you. OKC came in where you left off and went from there. You set them up for the success that they had. I keep thinking what could have been if it was you here not OKC. Would Durant still be in Seattle? Would they have traded James Harden? Would KD, Russ, and Harden have won a championship? Would they have won multiple titles? How good could they have been? All these questions have answers that we will never know.
Too many things have happened in the ten years since you left to fit in this letter. I’m going to save some of the stories for when you come home. But I want to let you know that the NBA family misses you. The league isn’t the same without the green and gold running up and down the court. There is a part of the family that is missing that only you can fulfill.
The history you hold is second to none. Legends like Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Ray Allen, Dennis Johnson, Lenny Wilkens, and other. They don’t belong to your brother in Oklahoma City; they belong home in Seattle.
If and when you come back you will be welcomed with open arms. People want to cheer, boo, and watch you play again. You have to come back and win more championships and teach these young boys how to play. The day you come back will be the happiest day in the NBA. You won’t regret it. We hope to hear from you soon.
The NBA Family