There are a lot of times when I miss the Seattle SuperSonics. They’re a key part of my sports history. I was at one of the wins over the Denver Nuggets in that fateful playoff series. I produced the Sonics broadcasting network for parts of three seasons. My first bit of sports paraphernalia was the green and brick red shoot-around top.
Seeing Nicolas Lodeiro don the jersey of one of the greatest players to ever wear the green and gold brings a tear to my eye. It means someone here is sharing our city’s heritage with our Sounders.
Vuelven los Seattle SuperSonics? Falta uno? pic.twitter.com/J0uESoEXeB— Nicolas Lodeiro (@NicolasLodeiro) July 30, 2018
We are at the point where a sporting generation of fans grew up without the Sonics (2008 to present), just as a sporting generation grew up without the Seattle Sounders from 1984-1994. It is imperative that people keep that history alive, just as Nico and whoever his teacher was.
Kevin Durant is one of the last two remaining active NBA players who played at Key Arena. Jeff Green is the other. Durant loves Seattle, and has stated that if the timing is right he would love to play for the Sonics again.
It’s pretty obvious that Nico wants the Sonics back, at least to me, because that’s what I want it to mean.
I guess this was supposed to be just a cute moment to watch Nico imitate Durant. It brought up a few more memories than that.