While the Drew and Goodman leagues in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. have been grabbing major headlines lately due to both teams boasting rosters with major NBA talent, Seattle, of all cities, proved this weekend that they have just as much talent.
On Saturday, several NBA players flocked to Seattle, a city still reeling after losing their beloved NBA team, for the H206 Charity Basketball Classic.
Jamal Crawford, Martell Webster, Aaron Brooks, Spencer Hawes and Terrence Williams were among the NBA players playing in the game, while Seattle products Brandon Roy and Rodney Stuckey sat out.
While Key Arena played host to NBA players for the first time since the 2007-08 season, I would assume Seattle fans would much rather attend regular season NBA games and see NBA talent a few times a week instead of every summer.
While hordes of former Sonics fans and even Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hope to bring an NBA team back to the Pacific Northwest, for now, they’ll have to settle on seeing former Seattle Prep and Washington Huskies center Hawes score 27 points and Rainer Beach High School alum Williams win MVP.
SupersonicSoul, which has stayed active since the Sonics were moved to Oklahoma City and renamed the Thunder, has a full recap of the event, some photos, and even a request to have an old-timers game next year.
Shawn Kemp, who has been very vocal in supporting Seattle, back in his number 40 Sonics jersey would be quite the sight for Sonics fans. Add Jack Sikma and they might just double the 5,000 they brought into Key Arena on Saturday.
Photo courtesy SupersonicSoul.com.