The Oklahoma City Thunder reached the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.
The city of Seattle feels cheated.
Following the 2007-08 season, the Seattle Supersonics controversially relocated to Oklahoma City and rebranded the franchise as the “Thunder”.
Sonics fans have been angry and in denial ever since, bouncing back and forth between the first two stages of grief. The loss of their beloved franchise is going to take years to overcome.
Oklahoma City defeated the San Antonio Spurs 107-99, coming back from a 2-0 series deficit and winning four straight games. Seeing the Thunder reach the Finals with Kevin Durant (a player they drafted) stings more than most fans can imagine.
The movement to bring the franchise back to Seattle is strong, so much so that a movie called Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team was released in 2009 and aired on CNBC this past April.
— Seth Everett (@Seth_Everett) June 7, 2012
You know who is more pissed than spurs fans right now? Seattle Sonics FANS….lol
— Question™ (@Question210) June 7, 2012
A stolen franchise owned by amoral, homophobic Stern-cronies just made the NBA Finals. Love these players not this team.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) June 7, 2012
I'm thinkin about how sick that would be to see the sonics playing in the finals In seattle! I bet our fans r way better than Oklahoma's!
— Golden Tate (@ShowtimeTate) June 7, 2012
— Sonicsgate (@Sonicsgate) June 7, 2012
If you search "sonics" on twitter, you get the definition of vengeful rage.
— Agustîn Spirez (@austinspires) June 7, 2012
Meanwhile, while the Pacific Northwest shed their lonely tears, the rest of America is ecstatic for the Thunder.
Congratulations to the OKC Thunder going to the NBA Finals. Beating the Spurs 4 straight is quite an accomplishment!
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) June 7, 2012
Even if ur not a Thunder fan, u still have 2 give them respect for road they traveled to get to the NBA Finals -thru Dallas, the Lakers n SA
— Rob Parker (@RobParkerLocal4) June 7, 2012
— James Harden (@JHarden13) June 7, 2012
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) June 7, 2012
The best thing about the Thunder winning the West is that Lil' Wayne will be denied a seat at more than half of the NBA Finals games.
— Robin Lundberg (@robinlundberg) June 7, 2012
— Jessica Camerato (@JCameratoNBA) June 7, 2012
— Serge Ibaka (@sergeibaka9) June 7, 2012
Check out Serge Ibaka’s Instagrammed NBA Finals hat.