The NBA playoffs are currently in the second round and I hope Memphis wins. Not because I'm a Memphis fan but because I can't stand the Oklahoma City Thunder.
I get they are a fun team to watch and in any normal circumstance would be a team I could root for. But since the team is formally the Seattle Supersonics I just can't cheer them on.
I don't understand how so many people in the Seattle area can cheer on this team that was ripped away from the city. I see people wearing Thunder gear and I don't get it. Rooting for the Thunder is like rooting for an ex-girlfriend who cheated on you with the nerdy guy that smells funny and now you're hoping they get married and live happily ever after.
Oklahoma City, you're the nerdy guy that smells funny.
As the years go on the pain from losing the Sonics has slowly gone down. I just really have stopped paying attention to the NBA. But then you see on ESPN things like, "Last Oklahoma City NBA Championship was 1979."
No!!!! The last Seattle Supersonics NBA Championship was 1979. And things like that bring that hate for Oklahoma back.
I'm not the only one who feels this way. Check out this article from Greg Bishop in the New York Times.
And I think Bishop pretty much sums up everything with his final paragraph:
But I agreed with Lo when he said the thought of the Thunder’s winning an N.B.A. title made him nauseous. “I’d be so mad,” he said. So would an entire region. Because in this series, whether the Thunder wins, or the Grizzlies win, basketball fans in the Pacific Northwest will lose.