April 13, 2008. It's a day sports fans in the Northwest want to forget, and I apologize for bringing it up.
You see, that was the day that the Seattle SuperSonics played their final home game before the team relocated to Oklahoma City.
Though it was 12 years ago, the wound still seems fresh for basketball fans in the state of Washington.
To this day, fans still post highlights of The Reign Man and The Glove.
We don't talk enough about Shawn Kemp's dunk on Dennis Rodman in the '96 finals pic.twitter.com/ZnQ79c6q4R— Parker Lewis (@ParkerLewisJR) April 27, 2020
On Monday, ESPN posted a random set of pictures on social media with a simple caption, "Seattle SuperSonics appreciation post."
The team may be gone but its fans aren't, and the post hit them right in the feels.
One of those fans, Seattle hoops legend Sue Bird.
Bird quote tweeted ESPN and said what every basketball fan has been saying since 2008, "Bring 'em back."
Bird made sure to tag two Seattle legends, Isaiah Thomas and Jamal Crawford. The two are both Seattle-Tacoma natives, and both are currently free agents looking for an NBA team to call their own.
Thomas saw Bird's post, and he had a few words of his own.
Say that it again LEGEND https://t.co/xJQCM2cQKI— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) April 28, 2020
Kevin Durant is the only player currently in the NBA that played for the Sonics, and he has fond memories of his time in Key Arena. In fact, he has talked about wanting to bring the team back and got a huge ovation when the Warriors played a preseason game in Seattle just a few seasons ago.
He's not the only player past or present that is in favor of a Sonics rebirth.
Recent Hall of Fame inductee Kevin Garnett has said his dream is to bring the Sonics back. In an interview with Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press earlier this month, Garnett said, "If I have a dream, I would say that I would love to be able to go and buy the Seattle SuperSonics and reactivate the Seattle Northwest and get NBA loving back going into that area. I think it's needed and it's essential. Seattle was huge to our league. Not just Portland, but the whole northwest. I would love to be able to do that."
Please, NBA, BRING BACK OUR SONICS.
This should honestly be an every day thing! The SuperSonics should never be forgotten! Here’s hoping the #NBA brings a team back to Seattle soon! Seattle is building a new NBA/NHL arena opening in 2021! #BringBackOurSonics— Seattle SuperSonics (@BringBackSonics) April 27, 2020