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January 16, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Seattle SuperSonics fired K.C. Jones Wednesday after consecutive home losses to Orlando and Charlotte and named assistant Bob Kloppenburg as interim coach. Another assistant, Kip Motta, also was fired. "This is the most difficult decision I have ever made," club president Bob Whitsitt said. "K.C. is a class person in the truest sense of the word. But at this time, it has become clear that we need to go in a different direction on the court."
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June 16, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
NBA fans in this city are searching for a new team. One of them, a fellow named Rich, is also looking for a new barber. These two facts are connected. While waiting for a haircut last week at the Roosevelt Barber Shop in the north end of town, Rich chimed in on a group conversation about the NBA Finals and made a socially fatal misstep. He said he wouldn't mind seeing the Oklahoma City Thunder - the relocated Seattle SuperSonics - win a championship. He was promptly shown the door.
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December 16, 1990 | MIKE KAHN, MCCLATCHY NEWS SERVICE
Watching the Seattle SuperSonics the past four-plus seasons has been a roller-coaster ride through a fantasy land. From their magical tour into the Western Conference finals in 1987 to their present status of treading water above the Pacific Division cellar, the entire process (perceived through 20-20 hindsight) has been questionable.
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June 16, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Sonic boom Oct. 25, 2006: NBA approves Howard Schultz's sale of the SuperSonics and Seattle Storm to an Oklahoma City group led by businessman Clay Bennett for $350 million. Feb. 13, 2007: Bennett asks for at least $300 million in taxpayer money for a proposed $530-million basketball area in Renton, south of Seattle. The idea never gets traction. Aug. 12, 2007: Billionaire Aubrey McClendon, co-owner of the Sonics, tells an Oklahoma business newspaper, "We didn't buy the team to keep it in Seattle.
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May 18, 1996 | MARK HEISLER
* Season series: Seattle, 3-1. Here's the matchup no one expected. The Jazz, supposedly too old, is in the conference finals for the third time in five years (record against the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets: 4-8). The SuperSonics, supposedly too young, are now favored to reach the NBA finals. The SuperSonics have shown new poise and firepower, shooting 43% on three-point shots in the postseason. They'll double-team Karl Malone to help Shawn Kemp.
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October 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
City officials have told the Seattle SuperSonics they can move here if they wish to leave Seattle. Sonics owner Barry Ackerley has expressed dissatisfaction with the Seattle Coliseum and has suggested that he would move the team. He was contacted Monday by City Councilman Frank Palermo. "I told him that we're very happy in Seattle," said Bob Whitsitt, president of the Sonics. "We don't have a Mayflower truck parked out front here. We don't have our bags packed, because we love Seattle.
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June 14, 2003 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Sam Schulman, the original owner of the Seattle SuperSonics, the basketball team that in 1979 gave the city its only world championship, has died. He was 93. Schulman, who won a landmark legal battle that ended the National Basketball Assn.'s policy on drafting players only after their four-year college eligibility expired, died Thursday at his home in Century City of complications from a blood disease.
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November 19, 1990 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clippers and Seattle SuperSonics played a game for the ages Sunday night at the Sports Arena. The Dark Ages. In a performance lowlighted with ineptitude, sprinkled with some defense and bottomed off with silliness, what will be best remembered from a night barely worth remembering is that the Clippers beat the SuperSonics, 78-65, in an honest-to-goodness four-quarter, 48-minute game before 10,980. So help us, Denver Nuggets.
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January 25, 2005 | Mark Heisler, Times Staff Writer
No, seriously, what are you guys doing here? Having dropped steadily since the days of Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and George Karl to No. 12 in the NBA's Western Conference, no one was surprised when the SuperSonics lost their opener by 30 points to the Clippers and began deciding who would be part of the rebuilding program and who wouldn't. Since seven players had expiring contracts, including their star, Ray Allen, not to mention Coach Nate McMillan, they had a lot to talk about.
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October 12, 1989 | BOB NIGHTENGALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Michael Cage steps on the floor tonight at the San Diego Sports Arena, he'll gaze into the rafters and see his college jersey hanging prominently. He'll glance toward the stands and see friends, lots of friends. Finally, he'll look across the court and see his former teammates, the Clippers. It will be an emotional time, he says, for while this is being billed as a National Basketball Assn.
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December 30, 2009
Oklahoma City 110, at Washington 98: Kevin Durant had 35 points and 11 rebounds to help the Thunder extend its winning streak to four games, the franchise's longest in 3 1/2 years. It was the fifth consecutive game in which Durant, who had 40 points in Monday's victory at New Jersey, topped the 30-point mark. He has exceeded 30 points nine times in Oklahoma City's 14 December games. The Thunder last won four straight from April 2-6, 2006, when the team was the Seattle SuperSonics. New York 104, at Detroit 87: David Lee scored a season-high 30 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Knicks handed the Pistons their eighth straight loss.
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April 19, 2009
The only NBA teams with 60-plus-win seasons to lose in the first round of the NBA playoffs: Dallas Mavericks, 2007 lost to the Golden State Warriors, 4-2 Utah Jazz, 1995 lost to the Houston Rockets, 3-2 Seattle SuperSonics, 1994 lost to the Denver Nuggets, 3-2 Milwaukee Bucks, 1973 lost to the Golden State Warriors, 3-2 Celtics were 66-16 last season and won championship. Cavaliers, Celtics, and Lakers won more than 60 this season. Source: World Features Syndicate
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November 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
MIAMI -- Rookie Kevin Durant said it felt as if Seattle won a world championship. Pat Riley sounded as if his championship feeling couldn't have been further away. And the Seattle SuperSonics were more than happy to ruin Dwyane Wade's comeback game. Chris Wilcox scored 20 points, Damien Wilkins had 19 and the SuperSonics spoiled Wade's return to the Heat lineup by beating Miami, 104-95, Wednesday night -- Seattle's first win in nine games this season.
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March 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Considering they don't know where they'll be playing in a few years, the Seattle SuperSonics are pretty used to dealing with uncertainty. But the idea of a future without Rashard Lewis is something they don't want to think about. Lewis can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, and the SuperSonics realize how important it is to hold onto the 6-foot-10 forward who was an All-Star two years ago and is still only 27.
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March 1, 2007
Clipper Tim Thomas wears his support on his shoes for teammate Shaun Livingston, who suffered a devastating knee injury Monday. Team members, playing the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday, talked about adjustments they must make without Livingston in the lineup.
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April 17, 2006 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
And now, on to the second phase of the plan. The Clippers succeeded in securing home-court advantage for the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, but their work is only half done. The Clippers also must finish in the sixth-seeded playoff position to use their potential edge, and they moved closer to that goal Sunday night with a 114-98 loss to the Seattle SuperSonics.
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October 21, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Newly acquired Milwaukee Buck guard Sam Vincent may be out for the season with a ruptured left Achilles' tendon suffered in Tuesday's exhibition against the Seattle Supersonics.
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February 3, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The chairman of the company that runs the Anaheim Pond said Thursday that he thinks the Seattle SuperSonics are using Anaheim and other cities as leverage to negotiate a better arena deal. "We're absolutely interested when they're serious about moving," said Mike Schulman, Anaheim Arena Management chairman. "I think they're thinking about being serious. "Right now they've just trying to get a new deal."
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January 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
It was an unofficial turn-back-the-clock night in Phoenix. Ray Allen made a 30-footer at the second-overtime buzzer to break the NBA record for most combined three-point baskets in a game, giving the Seattle SuperSonics a 152-149 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night in the league's highest-scoring game in 11 years. The teams combined for 32 three-pointers, breaking the mark of 31 set by Toronto and Philadelphia on March 13, 2005.
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