Sonics Trial Blog
Seattle Times reporters Percy Allen, Jim Brunner and Danny O'Neil are filing updates from the courthouse throughout the day.
June 19, 2008 10:31 AM
Posted by Percy Allen
Author Sherman Alexie said his love for basketball began when he grew up in Eastern Washington. He told colorful stories of playing the game with his father as a child.
Alexie is very long winded and takes a minute or two to answer each question. Sonics attorney Brad Keller asked Judge Marsha Pechman if Alexie could shorten his responses and Seattle attorney Michelle Jensen acknowledged she'll try to speed up his responses.
Alexie, a Native American, said Sonics crowds are racially mixed and enjoys the diversity at the games. He said he's an enthusiastic fan and compared NBA players to Greek mythology. He said LeBron James could be Hercules to future generations.
When asked if he would attend other basketball games if the Sonics left, Alexie said: "That's like telling Seattle they only get to have me as a writer and not Shakespeare. The Sonics would beat the Huskies by 70 points. The Sonics would beat the best high school team by 150 points and I want to see the very best."
Jensen asked: "Why do we need the Sonics to stay here?" Alexie said because it's a diverse sport. He also said it's the sport or poverty. He noted that several players rise from positions of poverty, including Jerry West, a poor West Virginian. He also said seven players in the NBA hail from Seattle.
Alexie characterized a 2005 playoff game in which former Sonics missed a potentially game-winning shot as "stuck in that moment between the mystic and the real."
Alexie said last August the team changed the annual seat relocation party. The party used to be a big event, but Alexie said this year it "was incredibly rude" this year.
Alexie said he hasn't been allowed to renew his season tickets. Jensen introduced Exhibit 336, a letter from the Sonics to season-ticket holders stating the team is not taking renewals until the trial concludes. Alexie said he felt the Sonics weren't interested in selling tickets and operated as if the team were leaving.
Jensen introduced Exhibit 337, a letter from the Sonics to season-ticket holders that told fans the NBA approved the move to Oklahoma City, and the team would contact fans on their account after the trial ends.
Jensen asked if the team leaves why will you renew?
Alexie said: "They've been here 41 years. I've been a season-ticket holder 12 years. I love this team. ... if they leave, the fellows have not been given the proper way to say goodbye. I 'm hoping in those two years if they do leave, the season-ticket holders, the fans , the city and team will have a chance to celebrate each other.
"I want two more years of the Greek gods."
Jensen closes and Keller begins cross-examination. Shortly into his questioning, Pechman broke for a 15-minute recess.
The trial will resume at 10:45 a.m.
Jul 2, 08 - 02:01 PM
Godden: Looks like a settlement for Sonics and city
Jul 2, 08 - 11:49 AM
City and the Sonics discussing settlement?
Jul 2, 08 - 06:00 AM
Judge to rule today in Sonics case
Jun 26, 08 - 07:44 PM
Confidential? Let's talk about it: Slade Gorton's NBA meeting
Jun 26, 08 - 07:22 PM
Press conference audio
Housed in a custom-built storage building, the car collection is a snapshot of a period in automotive history when Britain was a major automaker and i...
Post a comment
Sonics attorneys focus on city's "poisoned well" plan
Bennett says Sonics could lose $60 million if forced to stay in Seattle 2 more years
Sonics CEO: Fans are apathetic
Clay's excuses sound as contrived as his arena plan
On the hot seat: Sonics' attorney trips up Nickels
Attorneys in Sonics case described as tenacious, polite
This judge will decide the fate of the Sonics
Seattle vs. Sonics: Trial starts next week, if there's no settlement
Take a closer look at the Sonics case
More revealing Sonics e-mails emerge
OKC officials inform Schultz they expect Sonics to relocate, no matter who owns team
Sonics e-mail hints at NBA's concern over breach of promise
Howard Schultz suit adds fuel to e-mail fire
NBA owners approve Sonics' move, but legal fight continues in Seattle
E-mails reveal Sonics owners intended to bolt from Seattle
Oklahoma House passes tax package designed to help lure Sonics
2007 "Poisoned Well" document (PDF)
Ward: "Are we doomed to have another lameduck season in Seattle?" (PDF)
Bennett's e-mail to Stern: "You are just one of my favorite people on earth" (PDF)
Clay Bennett and Sonics' court filing (PDF)
Gallery | Seattle SuperSonics: Lasting memories
Gallery | Bittersweet night for Sonics fans
Gallery | Sonics through the years
Gallery | 25th anniversary of Sonics world championship
Gallery | End of a Season, End of a Franchise?
Sports fan "Big Lo" seeks answers from Howard Schultz