Insomnia In Seattle

By Wesley Chism Jr.
Updated: July 11, 2007

SEATTLE — I’m not sure how it all started but the day began as any other day in the Great Northwest. I woke up under cloudy skies with a chance of rain, washed my face and brushed my teeth and sat down to a bowl of Raisin Bran.

As the milk poured from the jar, I heard the announcement on the news stating that the Sonics may be leaving Seattle. Seattle, Washington is the only city that I’ve ever been in where you can actually drive within a mile circumference and see no less than three basketball hoops in front of a residence.

With the added success of Gonzaga, University of Washington and most recently Washington State, college basketball in the state of Washington was is starting to get some national attention.

This situation effected more people than I realized. “I wanted to play in the NBA because of the Sonics”, stated Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry. “I remember when Slick Watts would come to our schools, answers questions and teach us all kinds of stuff to work on our game.”

“Wearing a headband is an idea that I invented, it’s more of a tribute to Slick Watts.

I can’t even imagine Seattle without the Sonics.”

In Oklahoma, there are only three things of importance and not necessarily in this order; God, football and new Seattle Sonics owner Clay Bennett.

From my understanding, the New Orleans Hornets have had such a wonderful time playing there and were received with open arms by the city that many of them didn’t and or don’t want to leave.

Seattle and all surrounding counties are making every attempt to build a new home for the Sonics.

A couple of weeks ago, one of the Indian Tribes, hired a consulting team from Washington D.C. to see how they can get in on this act.

NBA Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens was quickly entered as Vice Chairmen of the SuperSonics to calm the natives. He reassured us all that everything will be done to make sure that the team remains here.

Despite all of those concerns, the ping-pong balls were kind and Seattle secured the second pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. A draft that in fact was filled with some extremely talented players filling up the top five spots.

After the Supersonics chose Texas Longhorns forward Kevin Durant, the excitement was electrifying to the thought of all the possibilities.

Moments later that all quickly changed after hearing Ray Allen was sent to the Boston Celtics for their fifth pick overall and a couple of veterans.

Rashard Lewis is headed to the Orlando Magic and a Luke Ridnour deal with the Atlanta Hawks is still a topic of conversation. Last week, Wilkens stepped down as Vice Chairmen wishing the Sonics the best, and once again there’s whaling and gnashing of teeth.

I don’t think that it’s fair to put the pressure of a “franchise player” label on Kevin Durant his first year. There isn’t one established veteran on the squad that can provide him with the necessary tutelage needed to be successful at this level.

P.J. Carlesimo is making his head coaching return to the league in Seattle. The question is how many games will be played before he chokes himself?