Yesterday Seattle Weekly's Mike Seely wrote a post on The Daily Weekly calling for Seattle basketball fans to support the city's former team, now the Oklahoma City Thunder, in this year's NBA Finals. Seely's main argument for supporting the Thunder is the team was assembled 'fairly' through successful draft picks and smart free agent signings as opposed to a Miami Heat team (the Thunder's opponent), created by signing superstars to massive contracts.
Liberating the Thunder from their Seattle history for a moment, it's nearly impossible to deny that their success has been nobly and shrewdly achieved... The Heat are the purest distillation of evil that professional sports, much less the NBA, has ever seen. If the luring of James and Bosh wasn't the result of outright collusion, then it was a thinly-veiled facsimile of it. The Heat are comprised of three exceptional players surrounded by jetsam, and James and Wade have similar skill-sets which often clash. They are not a true team...
But the Daily Weekly commenters made it clear they weren't going to have any of it, logging harsh comments against supporting the Thunder in the Finals.
Commenter Me posted:
Honestly assembled? ... I must have missed the part when Shaq, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, and Lamar Odom were drafted by the Lakers. I also missed when the Celtics drafted Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Trades and free agency are part of the sport.. get over it.
Commenter BC noted:
I buy your argument and agree with all of your points. However, the thought of Clay Bennett holding the trophy under a flood of confetti and celebrating the title makes me throw up in my mouth. I couldn't even consider rooting for the Thunder, despite my affection for their players and respect for their process.
Also commenter Cdunwoody2 said:
This is comparable to when people say that coug fans should root for the huskies since they're a fellow Washington team, slightly asinine....
And commenter Camp Jones said:
I disagree with rooting for the heat. The real bad guys are the Thunder. Not the players but what they represent. The team moving like it did undermines ALL FANS. How can we really give all of ourselves as fans if we know that the team might leave? ... This Thunder team is an abomination to fans and it represents a type of evil that is only seen in the corporate boardrooms of Enron and the halls of Congress...