Titled Slick Watts: A Day in the Life of Seattle without the Sonics, the latest short film from the creators of award-winning documentary Sonicsgate: Requiem for a Team acts as the first companion piece to the Blue Scholars' forthcoming LP Cinemetropolis. And released during halftime of last night's Western Conference Finals game, the timing couldn't have been better--to the joy of many Sonics fans, it saw the Oklahoma City Thunder end their postseason in a 100-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
Though the filmmakers were denied access to the Sonics' 1979 NBA Championship Trophy for the video by OKC owner Clay Bennett--the latest in a long line of slights from one of the more hated men in Seattle--watching Vitamin D, J. Pinder and Neema line up against Geo, Sabzi and the Sonics legend Mr. Slick Watts himself in a game of hoop is a priceless moment. It's quickly followed by a moment of piano-and-chess tranquility, then by some poker table reminiscing that includes Big Lo, Seattle's biggest sports fan.
"Slick Watts," which calls out Seattle's neighborhoods as well as a number of Supersonic greats, is as much a tribute to The Town as its basketball legacy. And like the Sonicsgate crew, the seven-minute video stands as proof that they're not ready to let the franchise go.
Big Lo: "Hey Slick, when are we going to get a team back in Seattle?"