By Craig Kwasniewski
The Supersonics were officially sold to Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett yesterday. At first glance, I thought there's no way that the NBA will allow another team to leave the Pacific Northwest.
However, after looking at the photos of the press conference announcing the ownership change, the Oklahoma City Supersonics will be a reality for several reasons:
The Name: I don't have the 2000 census, but I'm pretty sure that there's not one single "Clay" in Jetcity. That's a redneck name that belongs in the south or deep midwest. Clay will not be a resident of Seattle.
The Appearance: Just look at the two guys. You have Mr. Starbucks (Howard Schultz), looking very barista-like, like he just came from a "nooner" with his assistant before the meeting. He comes off as that sensitive guy who your girlfriend/wife chats a little too long with while waiting for their grande half-caf, non-fat, two-pump vanilla latte, 180 no-whip.
-Now you get Clay Bennett with his buzz cut, pot-belly and uncomfortable smile. He looks always itchy in a suit and would rather roll in a wife-beater with boxers, pouring beer in his Sugar Puffs for dinner. Not very Seattle. He could even attempt suicide just to fit in and he STILL wouldn't come off as a Seattleite or Seattle-ian or whatever you call them.
The Deal: Finally, the assumed reason for Clay moving the Sonics to Oklahoma City is the current stadium deal. Basically, the owner wants to make a Zillion dollars and not share it with the local government who originally paid to construct and later rebuild the Key Arena. So the obvious solution is to move to some sucker community willing to become a "Major League City" (code for allowing the professional franchise to sodomize the local community without even a kiss). In this case, you'll get Oklahoma City to lie on it's collective back for Clay.
So the writing's on the wall. One less team in the Pacific Northwest and one more professional sports owner sticking it to some small town in the middle of the country.
One last thing, what's up with giving Clay a jersey at the press conference? Is he the new starting center? Is this a weekend wardrobe improvement for Clay?