Share “The faces of the Seattle resistance”

By Jenni Carlson Modified: May 5, 2008 at 6:11 am •  Published: May 5, 2008

The five men have never sat together in the same room.

Heck, chances are good they've never even been in the same building at the same time.

And yet, they are a team, fighting for the same cause, working toward the same goal.

They want to stop Clay Bennett and Co. from moving the Sonics to Oklahoma City. They want to keep the NBA franchise in Seattle. Even though their backgrounds differ and their methods vary, they have become the faces of the resistance.

They are the Sonic Defenders.

"We're just trying to do the right thing," the first man to join the team said.

Brian Robinson is the director of Save Our Sonics, a grassroots fan group that sprouted up almost immediately after the Oklahoma-based owners purchased the team in 2006. He has done everything from leading rallies to lobbying legislators.

During the past year or so, Robinson has been joined by the mayor, the billionaire and their lawyers.

Seattle mayor Greg Nickels believes the Sonics need to fulfill the final two years of their KeyArena lease, and he is suing them to make it happen. He enlisted the help of former U.S. senator Slade Gorton, a lawyer who's fought before for sports in Seattle.

NBA commissioner David Stern called their tactics "a scorched earth policy."

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