Funny, but as a Sooner, you’d think I’d be thrilled an Oklahoma team is in the NBA Finals. This time however, my allegiance lies with the Miami Heat. Strange as it is, I have my reasons.
OKC Thunder is a team stolen from the beloved basketball city of Seattle. See Seattle Sonicsgate, a movie explaining this corporate welfare travesty.
You might think the Miami Heat are the bad guys. I did, I thought LeBron was wrong for leaving Cleveland. But he’s a basketball player, one who wants to win.
Lebron exercised his right to use his free agency to go where he thought he could accomplish this goal. He did nothing illegal and cost the taxpayers nothing. He rides his 10 speed to practice and has a great sense of humor playing a gold pants-wearing disco dancer on SNL’s Soul Train sketch. Truth is, I like Lebron. I also like the solidarity his team showed for Trayvon Martin with their hoodies, pictured here.
The Sonics were lured to Oklahoma City because Seattle basically refused to place the burden of a new arena on taxpayers. Coupled with a need to increase Red State Appeal, David Stern along with Clay Bennett agreed on a deal that would leave Seattle without a team, after 40 years of proudly hosting the Supersonics.
The account of Bennett serving the former owners sheep’s testicles can be found in David Zirin’s great piece in The Nation, a publication with a plethora of great writers. I highly recommend you click on the aforementioned link. It simply shows The Thunder’s owners’ disdain for anyone who disagrees with corporate welfare at the public’s expense.
Essentially, rooting for the Thunder is a lot like rooting for the Tea Party. A fake “organic” grassroots group that was really masterminded by big corporate money designed to rob the public coffers. As when I rooted against the Celtics, owned by Bain Capital, it seems I have a hard time separating sports and politics. This NBA Finals will be no different.
Congrats to Miami by the way. Nice sportsmanship by the players. Well done Lebron and company.