Stuck Between the Thunder and a Hard Place: Why I Can’t Root For Oklahoma City

April 26th, 2010 by Elliott Smith Leave a reply »
In theory, the Oklahoma City Thunder represent all that is good about the NBA—a young, aggressive and hungry team built from scratch that’s willing to do whatever it takes to win; one that remains unfazed by the daunting challenge of being an eight seed against the defending NBA champs. 

In reality, I can’t stand them.

Rooting for the underdog is a time-honored tradition in sports, and a large majority of sports fans would love to see the Thunder take out Phil, Kobe and the Lakers, but there’s that small minority that just can’t bring themselves to do it.

Forlorn Seattle SuperSonics fans.

This should still be our team, the one we saw coming together before our nincompoop mayor capitulated to the demands of a carpetbagging owner and the duplicitous commissioner. Key Arena should be rocking as Kevin Durant and Co. make the Lakers look silly. Seattle should be the city bursting with pride as its young team tries to shock the sports world.

Instead, we’re still either filled with rage or apathy at the way the whole fiasco went down. Most have turned their backs on the NBA. Others, l ...

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