Former Seattle fans travel to Portland to watch Thunder play 

There was scant mention in the local media about what greeted the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team on their recent trip to the West Coast: a cold reminder of the past.

The Thunder traveled to Portland, Ore., to take on the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland happens to be the closest NBA city to the Thunder's former home of 40 years, Seattle, until the team moved to Oklahoma City last year after a bitter legal fight with Seattle city officials. Since the 1960s, the team was known as the SuperSonics.

According to an Associated Press story, several fans of the team's former hometown made the trip to Portland to express their feelings toward the Thunder and the man who made the move possible, Clay Bennett.

"Clay Bennett Ruined My Childhood," read one sign from a fan at the game, the AP reported.

Some fans wore "Save Our Sonics" T-shirts to the game, attire frequently worn by fans during Bennett's ordeal to move the team.

"Bennett makes a good villain," the AP quoted Steven Pyeatt, a co-founder of the fan group "Save Our Sonics." "But we shot ourselves in the foot. This was entirely self-inflicted.

"If (Seattle's) mayor hadn't taken the buyout, not only would the team be here, we would have a local owner or a local owner with an option. The team would still be here and that all hangs on the mayor."

Other former Sonic fans wore the team's old colors of yellow and green and were in disbelief to see their beloved Sonics sporting blue and answering the call of Thunder.

But it wasn't just the fans who shed a tear. Several Thunder players were members of the last Sonic team, including Nick Collison, who didn't shy away his feelings.

"I loved Seattle," Collison told the AP. "I was proud to be a Sonic, proud to play in Seattle, and was upset when we had to leave, for sure."

Welcome to Oklahoma City, Nick.

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