Bring up the Oklahoma City Thunder to a resident of the Pacific Northwest, and you’ll likely get a dirty look as your response.
Kind of the same way Thunder fans are still salty about Kevin Durant leaving for Golden State well over a year ago.
For former Supersonic fans, their pain cuts a little bit deeper; they were a strong and fierce fanbase who truly feel they had the rug pulled out from under them a decade ago.
It’s a long, dark story of how the Sonics moved to OKC.
The shortened, lighter version is this: The Supersonics, along with their WNBA sister franchise, the Storm, were owned by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as majority owner, along with 58 partners or minor owners, making up the Basketball Club of Seattle LLP.
After unsuccessful efforts to persuade state government officials to provide funding to update the KeyArena, Schultz and the Basketball Club of Seattle sold the team to Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett and the Professional Basketball Club LLC (aka PBC) for $350 million in 2006. The Storm was included in the deal.
Schultz has said that he didn’t believe Bennett and the others in the investment group were going to relocate the team, which is why the Basketball Club of Seattle was comfortable inking the deal.