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Sonics' move now more reality than fantasy

by Jenni Carlson Published: March 15, 2008

/> But really, the numbers don't do it for me.

The parking spaces do.

Right there on the 11{+t}{+h} page of the agreement are details about parking arrangements. The city will provide a certain number of permanent parking spaces right by the arena for players, coaches and other team personnel.

Think about that.

Oklahoma City is so far down the road with the Sonics that they're talking about where these guys are going to park.

Will P.J. Carlesimo get the spot closest to the door? Or will the coach give way to Durant?

Where will Jeff Green fall in the parking pecking order?

What about Nick Collison or Chris Wilcox or Luke Ridnour?

Those sort of questions go beyond wishful thinking. The Sonics are coming to Oklahoma City. It's only a matter of time if they're figuring out where the Benzes and Beemers are going.

In announcing the agreement Wednesday afternoon, city manager Jim Couch talked about the number of significant points along Oklahoma City's NBA odyssey. The road to acquiring an NBA team is a long, difficult one.

"This is another step in that process,” Couch said.

And there are many more to come. The OKC city council still has to vote on the letter of intent. The NBA relocation committee still has to come to town. The NBA board of governors still has to deem the city worthy of one of its teams.

Oklahoma City has yet to reach the end of the road. Getting there might happen this summer, or it could take another year or two.

But make no mistake, the Sonics are coming.

And when they get here, there'll be a place for them to park.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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