For a guy three years into retirement, Ray Allen is making a lot of headlines. Last week, his former Celtics teammates said they are still bitter about his departure to the Heat in 2012. Allen didn’t respond to those comments, but on Wednesday he made a big statement about one of his other former teams, saying in an Instagram post he wants the NBA to bring back the Seattle SuperSonics.
Seattle has grown so much since I was last here. What a great city! I had some great memories not too far away from the #spaceneedle. I still can't believe that there is no basketball in Seattle!! This city is too great not to have a hoops squad. Come on everybody we need to rally and bring the NBA back to Seattle. let's make this happen people!!! The NBA misses traveling to Seattle, I know I certainly do!!!!! #bringbackoursonics #keyarena #seattlecenter
The Sonics joined the NBA in 1967, but in 2008 the franchise moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Allen was one of the best players in Sonics history, along with the likes of Hall of Famer Gary Payton and All-Star Fred Brown. (And Kevin Durant, who played his rookie season in Seattle before the relocation to OKC.) Allen averaged over 24 points in his four-and-a-half seasons there and scored a career-high 54 points against the Jazz in 2007.
While the Sonics won the 1979 title and won 55-plus games six times in the 1990s, they became mostly irrelevant in the 2000s.
Allen is not the only prominent athlete who wants the Sonics to return to Seattle. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson would also like to share the city with an NBA franchise.