by Mel Bracht Modified: April 18, 2008 at 6:32 am •  Published: April 18, 2008
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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.”

Barkley: "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.

Van Gundy: "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.


by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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