In a conference call this week, TNT analyst Charles Barkley said he opposed the move of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.
That shouldn't be surprising considering in a February 2006 interview with Hornets guard Chris Paul, he called Oklahoma "nothing but vast wasteland.”
"Seattle is a great city. I'll always appreciate Seattle. That's where I played my first All-Star Game. And that's the toughest building (KeyArena) I've ever played in in my life. It's unfortunate what's happening up there right now. I wish that team would stay there. Obviously, they're probably not going to. I think that's a travesty, but that's a great place.”
ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy, who made several appearances at Ford Center as Houston Rockets coach, said he had mixed feelings about the move.
"I think Seattle losing a team is tragic for the NBA. It's a great basketball town. Oklahoma City, when we used to go there, was a like a college environment; it was great.