TAG: Seattle Supersonics

Style - Kicks and Gear / Jul 23, 2014 / 11:00 am

Desmond Mason Fulfills His Dream & Becomes An Artist

Desmond Mason

You might remember Desmond Mason. He played 10 seasons in the NBA, and won the Slam Dunk Contest in 2001. In 2005, he averaged a career-high 17.2 points per game with the Milwaukee Bucks. Since retiring from the NBA, Mason has been fulfilling his lifelong dream of being an artist. Read More »

NBA, Video / May 13, 2014 / 4:31 pm

The 15 Worst Playoff Collapses In NBA History

Paul Pierce

Why do we watch? If the NBA were predictable, it would simply be boring. Yet, as we all know just from this postseason alone, expect the unexpected. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards each blew double-digit second-half leads to their opponents this weekend, allowing the Los Angeles Clippers and Indiana Pacers to either tie the series or take a commanding series lead. Read More »

NBA / Oct 7, 2013 / 1:00 pm

Kevin Durant Has Some Advice For A Rebuilding Sixers Team

Kevin Durant

In England for the NBA Global Games taking place this week, Kevin Durant talked a little bit about what it was like as a rookie on the 2007-08 Seattle Supersonics (RIP) team that eventually moved to Oklahoma City that summer to become the Thunder. That Sonics squad finished 20-62 his rookie year, after he trading Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. Read More »

NBA, Video / Sep 9, 2013 / 11:00 am

The 10 Best Gary Payton/Shawn Kemp Alley-Oops

Shawn Kemp

It was Kevin Garnett who once said Gary Payton threw the best lobs you’ll ever see. Between the Glove and Shawn Kemp, they made it look too easy, way too easy. Now that GP found his way into the Hall of Fame, and with Kemp’s sneakers selling out across the country, it’s a great time to ask the question: Has there ever been a better alley-oop combination? I don’t think so. Read More »

NBA, Video / Sep 3, 2013 / 10:30 am

Gary Payton’s Top 10 NBA Plays

Gary Payton

Hall-of-Fame Inductee Gary Payton was one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. And while he’s normally celebrated for his defense, he could dish too. And come through in the clutch. And score. And talk a little trash. Check out the 10 best plays from his NBA career, spanning from his time in Seattle to his championship-winning season with the Heat in 2006. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Aug 26, 2013 / 2:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Shawn Kemp On Classic Reebok Sneakers & Outplaying Michael Jordan

Shawn Kemp

For those of us admittedly somewhat stuck in the ’90s, Shawn Kemp‘s recent arrival at Rucker Park in Harlem for the finals of the Reebok EBC Entertainer’s Classic was a welcome trip back in time. Kemp was pretty much as everyone remembers him from his SuperSonics days: Larger than life, cracking jokes, wearing a fresh pair of the recently retroed Kamikaze 2s, tossing autographed sneakers to fans, as popular as ever. Read More »

NBA, Video / Aug 19, 2013 / 5:00 pm

The 10 Best Starting Lineup Introductions In NBA History

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Pyrotechnics, theatrical montages, epileptic-light shows, aerial stunts, melodramatic music, there’re a lot of histrionics that go into producing an epic NBA introduction sequence. It’s all about the pomp and circumstance, and the fans who’ve been saving up their ducats all month long to go see their favorite team expect (and deserve) a good show. Read More »

NBA, Video / Aug 12, 2013 / 12:40 pm

Kevin Durant Scores 63 Points In His Return To Seattle For the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am

KDProAm

Welp, that didn’t take take. The same weekend Spencer Hawes scored 58 points — the highest total of the summer, so far — Kevin Durant one-upped him by dropping 63 points in his return to Seattle for the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro-Am. Read More »

NBA / Jul 23, 2013 / 2:00 pm

Happy Birthday, Gary Payton! His Top 5 Trash-Talking Moments

Gary Payton

Elected to the Basketball Hall Of Fame earlier this year, Gary Payton turned 45 years old today. Unbelievable. As a kid growing up in the Northwest, the Sonics of the Shawn Kemp/GP/George Karl era were my favorites for reasons I couldn’t have detailed at the time. But they played fast, Kemp was like a video game character come to life and Payton carried an attitude that was unmistakable, even at age 8. Too young to remember the Portland Trail Blazers’ glory years, the Sonics ran the Northwest as far as I was concerned. Payton was their ring leader and it’s obvious why. Read More »

NBA / Apr 5, 2013 / 10:00 am

Gary Payton is Going to the Hall of Fame: In Praise of The Glove

Gary Payton

While the NBA’s grand old gatekeepers take their time weighing the option of keeping the Sacramento Kings in California’s capital versus relocating the franchise to Seattle, the strongest reason for my pro-Emerald City optimism is that the league ultimately will not escape Seattle’s presence.

Like a ghost unable to stay hidden in a closet of skeletons, the Sonics – the team taken from its home in 2008 and moved to Oklahoma City – will haunt the league until that particular wrong is righted. And while I can envision Sacramento joining the likes of Buffalo, Vancouver and Fort Wayne in the pro basketball history books, I cannot envision the NBA in 10 years without a Seattle franchise.

The latest reminder of the Sonics’ omnipresent legacy was issued this week, with the news that Gary Payton has been voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Growing up in Seattle during the prime of Payton’s career, my biases say he is the greatest Sonic of all time. But even if I were objective, that wouldn’t be a bold statement. Read More »