Sonic sound bite: "By keeping the team here for the next two years, it opens doors. Maybe Seattle knows that better than any other city in America. We had challenges with the Mariners. We had challenges with the Seahawks. We know that the longer the team is here, the better our changes of having a long-term future with the team in our city." — Nickels hours after the NBA Board of Governors approved the Sonics' relocation to Oklahoma City.