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Sonics focused on playing game not locality

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 9, 2008 at 12:14 am •  Published: April 9, 2008
DALLAS — Players for the Seattle SuperSonics touted their current home on Tuesday and expressed naivete about their possible future host city.

Before taking the court against the Dallas Mavericks, several Sonics players said they aren't familiar with Oklahoma City and said likened themselves to pawns who have no power in the franchise's future location.

"I've thought about it every since the Oklahoma City owners bought the team,” said forward Nick Collison. "I think it was a possibility in everybody's mind. At this point, I'm just waiting to see what happens. If it happens it'll be a big change for everybody.

"Like I said all along, you kind of give up the right of (choosing) where you want to live and where you want to be when you get into the NBA. You just can't control it all the time. You can get traded at anytime. And something like this, although it's rare can happen too. You have to up and move because of the nature of the business. I'm still waiting to see what happens. There's still some things that have to occur over the summer with the court case and things like that. We'll see what happens.”

NBA owners will consider the franchise's relocation application at the Board of Governor's meetings in New York City on April 17-18. Owners must vote on the application no sooner than seven days and no later than 30 days from the time the relocation committee makes its recommendation. A simply majority of the league's 30 owners is needed for final approval.

Although a relocation subcommittee visited Oklahoma City on March 25 and concluded they would suggest to the entire committee to recommend the move, many Sonics players said they have not started looking into anything regarding Oklahoma City.

"Once I find out what happens, then obviously if we're moving we'll have to make arrangements,” Collison said. "But there's no reason to do anything yet if we're not for sure if we're going there.”

Chris Wilcox, Damien Wilkens and Johan Petro were some of the players who said they didn't know anything about Oklahoma City.

"It's hard for me to talk about Oklahoma City because I've never been there,” Wilcox said. "But what I do know is the team is moving in that direction and hopefully the team makes the right decision and the city of Seattle makes the right decision.

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