More losses, earlier exit?
Bad start by Sonics could help move team to Oklahoma City faster

By John Rohde Modified: November 14, 2007 at 6:03 am •  Published: November 14, 2007
Maybe the Seattle SuperSonics' record-setting start will help expedite the team's relocation to Oklahoma City.

The Sonics are 0-8 record, the worst start in franchise history.

With Sonics ownership and the city of Seattle in a testy lawsuit over the existing lease at KeyArena, perhaps having the league's worst team will soften Seattle's hardheaded stance against the Sonics leaving town two years early.

If the Sonics' woes continue — and there's little reason to think they won't — perhaps the dire circumstances will persuade Seattle mayor Greg Nickels to finally relent and say, "Aw, hell. Take 'em."

An earlier exit could save Seattle from being the league's punch line.

This year's Sonics will challenge for the league's worst record. This in turn could result in the league's worst attendance, which would only validate commissioner David Stern's not-so-peachy assessment of Seattle as an NBA community.

As for Oklahoma City, heck, we'll take the Sonics now. Warts and all.

The New Orleans Hornets won 18 games the season before their temporary relocation here. Yet no one around here seemed to care, and it showed with gaudy attendance inside the Ford Center.

Here's hoping all these Sonics losses lead to an earlier victory for Oklahoma City.


Sonics guard Kevin Durant may win rookie of the year, but Seattle continues to struggle during the early going of the NBA schedule. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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