Sonics Owners’ Not-So-Secret Plan Revealed

by April 10, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

It has never been much of a secret that Clay Bennett and the rest of the Sonics’ ownership group never truly intended to stay in Seattle when they took over the club. Even when Bennett said he would do everything to stick around the Emerald City, nary a soul believed him.

Which is why the following should surprise absolutely no one

Lawyers for the city of Seattle have revealed damning emails between Bennett and his partners proving that these guys were dying to leave Seattle.

“Is there any way to move here [Oklahoma City] for next season or are we doomed to have another lame duck season in Seattle?” Ward wrote.

Bennett replied: “I am a man possessed! Will do everything we can. Thanks for hanging with me boys, the game is getting started!”

Ward: “That’s the spirit!! I am willing to help any way I can to watch ball here [in Oklahoma City] next year.”

McClendon: “Me too, thanks Clay!”

It’s like a scene from a bad political thriller.

Though the e-mails themselves reveal nothing that we all haven’t suspected from day one, they remain pretty entertaining. These Oklahoma guys sure like their Caps lock and exclamation points.