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Six Years After Sonics Left for OKC, Seattle Station Pays Tribute to Former NBA Team

KIRO Former SonicsNo one can accuse Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO of forgetting the team that brought the emerald city its first championship.

For non-NBA fans, there once was a professional men’s basketball team in Seattle called the SuperSonics. The team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 and became another loud sounding name, the Thunder.

KIRO now refers to the Thunder as the “Former Sonics.” A statement on its website says, “The former Seattle SuperSonics are in the NBA playoffs. Throughout their run, KIRO 7 promises you we won’t say OKC or their team name in our newscasts. ”

Viewers of Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV posted their reactions to KWTV’s facebook page. One viewer wrote, “Remember when the “former sonics” were in Seattle and didn’t get enough support to afford to STAY there?! Get over it, Seattle. The handful of fans doesn’t include your entire city. Don’t try to act like you care to get attention!”

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