On January 9th, it was reported that the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings, was selling the team and finalizing a deal that would relocate the Kings to Seattle. This would mark the return of NBA basketball to Seattle for the first time since the SuperSonics were moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.
With this move, saddened Sonics fans get the opportunity to have their beloved team back. But if Sonics fans were to cheer for this Seattle team, they would be hypocrites. The majority of them were devastated when the Sonics were moved to Oklahoma City, and as a result, they refused to cheer for the Thunder, especially in the 2012 NBA Finals.
While most basketball fans were opposed to the Miami Heat and the Big Three, Sonics fans joined Heat fans in cheering for Miami to win the championship.
Supporting the Thunder was wrong for them because Oklahoma City’s roster no longer played for Seattle. Well guess what? It was either they play for the Thunder, or they would be unemployed. Sure, there is reason to be mad about the Sonics being sold and relocated to Oklahoma City, but to take out that anger on the actual team would not be any more right than the selling of the Sonics, and neither does rooting for the new Seattle team.
By Sonics fans cheering for the relocated Kings team, they will be doing exactly what they refused to do for the Thunder: root for the stolen team. As upsetting as it may have been to lose the Sonics, is it worth gaining them back by becoming hypocrites?
This deal will not solve anything. All it does is give Sonics fans their happiness back while Kings fans become the new Sonics fans.
Despite that, can Sonics fans help it if they want to root for their new team? True fans must have been absolutely devastated to go without basketball for that long. The thought of that is ridiculously depressing. While those actions would be hypocritical, there is some justification to it. But that still does not may it any fairer.
This all really just shows not necessarily the hypocritical nature of Sonics fans, but the nature of sports fans in general. As ridiculous as it may come to some, what die hard sports fans will do because of their team will not always be just.