Many Seattle basketball fans have long operated under the faulty assumption that Sonic success in the pivot began and ended with Jack Sikma's golden locks during Ashford & Simpson's heyday. Those fans would be inconveniently forgetting about one-hit wonder Marvin "The Human Eraser" Webster, who, in his lone year with the Sonics -- which coincided with Sikma's rookie campaign -- averaged 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game as the team's starting center. In leading the Supes to the NBA Finals (they succumbed in seven games to the Washington Bullets before prevailing against that same squad the following year to bring the city its lone major male pro sports championship), Webster was even better in the playoffs, averaging 16 points and 13 rebounds before bolting to New York as a free agent the following season.
Well, earlier this week, Webster was found dead in a Tulsa hotel bathtub. He was 56. Reports the New York Times: "W. Charles Bennett, of Albuquerque, Webster's former player agent and later his financial adviser, said the preliminary cause was coronary artery disease." Webster's son, Marvin Jr., also a talented basketball player, died of a heart attack at the age of 18. May their memories not be erased with the ease with which they nullified opponents' field goal attempts.