What’s your favorite memory of the Seattle SuperSonics?
Point guard Gary Payton led the SuperSonics to an appearance in the NBA Finals in 1996. (AP)
By Michael Simeona
It’s been three years since the SuperSonics left town, but memories of the famed NBA franchise still burns bright in the hearts and minds of loyal fans alike.
From ‘Downtown’ Freddie Brown lighting up the Kingdome to ‘The Reign Man’ Shawn Kemp taking alley-hoops from ‘The Glove’ Gary Payton, the SuperSonics made a lasting impression on both the region, and the NBA landscape.
Before the ‘Sonics Night’ celebration at Safeco Field honoring the history of the only men’s professional sports franchise to win a championship in the city of Seattle, we asked fans about their favorite memories of the SuperSonics on the @710ESPNSeattle Twitter page earlier today.
Here are a few of the best responses:
@LanceDaly: “Winning it all … 1979!”
@TotalBroadcast: “Beating Houston at Key 96 Conf Semis. 2nd qtr Ed Johnson drains 3. Video plays Apollo 13 clip, “Houston, we have a problem”!”
@Rypederson: “Shawn Kemp dunking on Alton Lister in 1992 playoffs.
@shawnkelley23 (Mariners pitcher Shawn Kelley): “Shawn kemp and The “glove” on NBA jam #boomShackaLacka
@CLDanielle: “1993 semi-finals against Houston. Game 7 was amazing. Crowd at the Coliseum didn’t sit down the entire second half.
@AndyMetzMusic: “There was something incredibly satisfying about Shawn Kemp sitting on Dennis Rodman after a reverse dunk in the 1996 finals.”
@mfisherwa: “’96 conf finals vs Utah counting down Malone on every free throw.”
@TheyCallMeOD: “Every Kemp dump, every Glove steal and every Sam ‘Big Smooth’ Perkins FROM DOWNTOWN!!”
@ginobot: “Ray Ray hitting the game winner against the Suns in Double OT the same day the Hawks won the NFC championship.”
@Mayajw: “Four words from our friend KC, “Good Golly, Miss Molly!”.”
@sapperryash: “hearing @KCalabroShow after a Shawn Kemp dunk say “get up on that magic carpet and ride baby ride!””