Erica missed this one: NBA.com interviewed Mayor Mike McGinn over the weekend.
McGinn is pressed, but doesn't make any predictions about when Seattle will get a new NBA team.
I know enough to know that things can sometimes happen really fast and sometimes they take a while. I suppose there's an outside chance we could get a team next fall. The feeling is if the NBA were to award a franchise to Chris Hansen and his team, they could play in KeyArena while we proceeded to build the new arena. I recognize that that's super fast and that's an outside chance at best and we're more likely looking at a multi-year process.
More interesting, though, is when McGinn taps the emotion that Seattle still feels about the Sonics.
That wasn't the Thunder's playoff history. That was the Sonics playoff history—Mike McGinn.I'll tell you something. Sonics history means a lot to the fans in Seattle. Sonics history means a lot to the fans and whatever team they have, they would like the Sonics history to return to Seattle. I can speak as a fan, too. I enjoy watching Kevin Durant play. I think he's great. I think that team is a fun young team. But when they would flash up there on the scoreboard the playoff history of the Oklahoma Thunder, that rubbed me the wrong way. That wasn't the Thunder's playoff history. That was the Sonics playoff history.
I think it's more a case of people just want back what they had. Here's the deal. If you walk around Seattle, you'll see people wearing shirts in the green and gold colors of the Sonics with the little symbol of the basketball hoop. And beneath that it says ROBBED. That's how they feel. They feel like they were robbed. They were robbed of their Sonics. And they just want them back.