NBA exhibition game a chance to show Seattle is ready for a new franchise, former Sonics coach says

Former Sonics coach George Karl said Monday’s game was an opportunity for the city to prove to NBA ownership that it is ready for a professional basketball team.

SEATTLE – Hats and shirts continue to sell well, which is pretty astounding given that Sonics is defunct and hasn’t played the game in over fourteen years.

“The fan base is amazing and you know it’s only through the power of the fans that the brand survives,” said Joe Munson of retailer Simply Seattle.

For Simply Seattle, the Sonics brand is still very much alive and so is the dream of one day having the team return to Seattle. A quest that the former Sonics head coach, George Karl, is leading, in a way.

“I think we’re all doing our best and doing the right things to get Sonics back in town,” Karl said.

Karl spent Monday back in Seattle for the NBA exhibition game between the LA Clippers and the Portland Trailblazers.

“He is considered one of the best coaches Seattle has ever had and he is considered a fan favorite to this day. So if he’s in town, you know it’s a big event,” Munson said, describing Karl.

Karl called Monday’s game an opportunity for the city to prove to NBA ownership that it was ready for a professional basketball team.

“In my mind, it’s ‘when’ but again the process is not in my hands. It’s a little bit out of the league but I think if the Seattle fans can show off the league, we’re ready to bring them back. I think Kraken showed I thought most of the world that the Seattle expansion could work, would work,” Karl said.

Monday’s match may be in the same physical location, but the arena is hardly the same as where the Sonics played.

Karl said: “The year we beat Utah in game seven was probably the number one anniversary, one of the best I think I’ve ever been in.

A billion and a half dollars, and an NHL team later – fans hope it’s only a matter of time before professional basketball returns to the emerald city forever.

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Edmund DeMarche

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