A few days before the last game of the Oklahoma City Thunder/Denver Nuggets playoff series, SuperSonics legend Shawn Kemp's wife got a phone call. It was the Thunder organization and they had floor-seat tickets for her and Shawn to come and watch the game.
The following contains several of the reasons that Kemp essentially told them to shove the tickets up their ass.
The interview with KJR's Dave "Softy" Mahler and Ian Furness aired Tuesday.
"I live out here in Seattle. I carry the Sonics in my heart, for the rest of my life. I have a problem rooting for Oklahoma, I just do."
On what happened with the invite:
"I was invited to the game, the last game when they played in Denver to sit in the front row . . . I couldn't do it."
How his wife told him:
"She mentioned it to me, but she knew what the answer was."
Why he said no:
"It's loyalty. I don't think It'd be too smooth for the people 'round here to look up one day and see me sitting in the front row at the Oklahoma Thunder."
"You know, the people back here deserve basketball. It was taken and robbed from these people in this area and my loyalty remains in this area for these people until they get their team back. I won't be sitting on anyone's front row until the Sonics are back in action."
On what West African village comes to mind when he thinks of Oklahoma City:
"I know they have the banners of some of the accomplishments from this city. It's hanging up there and it'd be very awkward to look at that stuff and know this stuff was done in Seattle and here we are in Timbuktu."
The only way he'd ever go to a Thunder game:
"My buddies said you should have took the offer, went down there, and put on your old Sonics gear. When I thought about it, I said, 'Man, I could have done it.'"