Let me start by saying I really don’t want this to happen, but it’s very possible that come June the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat could meet in the NBA Finals.
For the majority of the country, it would be two great teams going head-to-head. But for fans like me who grew up watching the Seattle Supersonics before they were sold and eventually moved to Oklahoma, it’s a little more complicated when it comes to who you would want to win.
I don’t think I’m walking out on a limb when I say the Miami Heat are the most hated team in the NBA for various reasons. One reason being LeBron James and his cockiness that knows no bounds starting way back in high school. James currently sits at number two on Forbes most disliked NBA players behind Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets whose claim to fame is his failed relationship with Kim Kardashian last summer.
I’ve had a dislike for James before he made his decision on national television to take his talents to South Beach. My hatred for him is so strong that if I’m presented with the match up I don’t want to see, I’m pulling hard for the team that was taken away from me.
I’m not a diehard fan, I’ll admit it. I wasn’t protesting for the Sonics to stay, I didn’t cry when they left. I was disappointed but wasn’t willing to completely write off the NBA as a whole like many have until either Seattle gets a team back or commissioner David Stern steps down from that position.
But I do think it stinks that the fans in Oklahoma City will be watching a parade within the next few years with players like Kevin Durant hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy when it very easily could’ve been happening in downtown Seattle.
However, I’d rather witness that then James getting that huge monkey off his back.
In a perfect world, neither team would ever win a championship but let’s be realistic, it’s going to happen. Maybe not this year but in the near future, and probably for both teams.
So I now turn the question over to you, fans of the Sonics. Who would you root for? Would it be the team that so publicly declared they would win not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven championships?
Or the team that was once yours and then taken away from you? I remember saying I wouldn’t want anything positive to happen for the Thunder until all the players that once slipped on the Sonics green and gold were no longer a part of that organization and I still have that mentality. But they are the lesser of two evils in this scenario.
I suppose there’s the third option of not paying attention and not caring which would be awesome if I could do that. But for a guy whose iPod is filled with nothing but Miley Cyrus and fantasy sports podcasts for those long car rides home to Seattle, that’s just not possible.