This post is
mostly for diehard Seattle SuperSonics’ fans. It’s an update on the
players (and coaches) on the 20-62 team that left us all slobbering
for a real professional basketball team.
Still, some of
you must have wondered how-in-the-heck Johan Petro, Sene Mouhammad
and Nick Collison are doing? And whatever happened to P.J.
Carlisemo and Luke Ridnour?
Well, read on.
Here’s some information, most of it factual, that I’ve dug up on
that oh-so-memorable squad that Clay Bennett whisked away from
Durant: The second-year pro from Texas, the No. 2 pick
behind Greg Oden in the 2008 draft, appears to be on his way to an
all-star career. He’s averaging 25.8 points and 6.6 rebounds, and
according to this story, has found a home in Oklahoma City. I
wish him well. Durant always seemed like a good guy.
Westhead: Remember Paulie, the assistant under P.J.?
Westhead just accepted the Oregon job. Yeah, he’s the new women’s
basketball coach at Oregon.
Read all about it here.
Ridnour: If Luke had an outside shot, he’d be compared to
Steve Nash but he doesn’t. The Blaine native and former Oregon Duck
is a backup point guard with the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 10
points and 5.5 assists. Check him out
Collison: The former hard-working Kansas star remains a
productive NBA player, but he’s never going to be an All-Star? He’s
battled through some aches and pains for Oklahoma City this season
and is averaging
8.3 points and 7.1 rebounds while splitting time at power
He’s now working for Westwood One, calling college basketball games
on the radio air waves and doing a little scouting on the side. The
former Seton Hall, Portland Trailblazer head coach and San Antonio
Spurs assistant was fired after the OKC Thunder got off to a 1-12
start this season.That was the smart thing to do. Instead of
reading about P.J., who is yesterday’s news, I suggest you
read about Scott Brooks, the man who replaced
The forward from France
is now in the D-League, where he belongs. Yeah, he’s an LA
Frenchie is now a reserve in Denver, averaging 8.5 minutes per game
for the Nuggers. That’s probably 8.5 minutes too many.
Check out his
Remember the second-year forward from Georgetown? He and sidekick
Durant are among the most improved players in the league,
if you believe this report.
Sene, Petro, Gelabale .. are you getting a little misty-eyed
thinking about these guys? C’mon, you’re tearing up, right? The
legendary Sene is no longer in The League. Like Gelabale, this
native of Senagal is in the D-League, recently
landing in Albuquerque.
Robert Swift: The
12th overall pick in the 2004 draft has played in 23 games as a
backup center for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Robert, we hardly
knew ya when you were in Seattle? Now, you’re a bonafide … backup
to the backup. And you just missed back-to-back games for “personal
Here’s a Q&A with the former UCLA point guard before he landed
in coach Scott Brooks’ doghouse. Watson recently went six games
without getting off the bench.
Chris Wilcox: We
saw the best of Wilcox … and it really wasn’t that good. His
numbers and playing time decreased after the move to OKC and he was
traded to the Knicks, where he’s seeing even
less court time.
Damien Wilkins: A
guy who got a lot of playing time in Seattle is now coming off the
bench, where he belongs. He’s playing 15.3 minutes per game,
averaging 5.1 points.
Clay Bennett: He’s
the guy who paid Seattle $45 million to break the KeyArena lease
and move the team to Oklahoma City.
He’s still making news, this time for insulting
know OKC has added Michael Westbrook, a talented rookie point
guard, and Kyle Weaver, the former Washington State star. And Scott
Brooks appears to be a significant upgrade over P.J. as head
That said, I don’t miss the Sonics.
Not these ex-Sonics, who are now wearing Thunder
jerseys. Do you miss ‘em?