Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
“Bring back basketball to Seattle!” is a phrase often stated by many natives of Washington who miss the good days of the Seattle SuperSonics, the team that honed the great Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton. Almost a decade ago, Washingtonians cheered on their hometown team for the last time. But, enough about dreaming of Kevin Durant winning a championship with Russell Westbrook in a Sonics uniform. Imagine the city of Seattle actually winning a title and how much cheer and celebration would come out of a city that has not been able to cheer in quite a few years. But wait, didn’t a team just win a championship?
Yes, the championship did happen, and it did take place in Seattle, except it wasn’t the SuperSonics, it was the Seattle Storm, the WNBA team. After Brenna Stewart was named the regular season All-League MVP, she also took home the Finals MVP as well. Stewart, isn’t one who shys away from the pressure, and has won four straight titles in college with the University of Connecticut. She even stated, “This didn’t feel like my first trip to the finals. I wasn’t nervous. I was calm. I was ready to take [the championship trophy] back to Seattle where it belongs.” What player isn’t nervous for the biggest game of their lives? Stewart was sure ready to step into the spotlight as she delivered enormous numbers for her team, including a career-high 30-point game on 11 of 22 shooting, and if that wasn’t enough, she also finished with eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
According to the Seattle Times, Alysha Clark, the Storm’s defensive ace, said, “Before the year, nobody picked us to win a title and I’m not sure if we were even thinking about that. But we got better throughout the year. And to see it end like this, it’s a dream. It really is. It all feels so surreal. I can’t believe it.” Clark was right- no one chose the Storm as favorites, even as they headed into the playoffs as the number one seed team. Squads such as Minnesota and Los Angeles were often picked ahead of the Storm to eventually take the title. “I don’t look at it as respect or disrespect, I look at it as you got to earn your stripes and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Storm guard Sue Bird said to the Seattle Times.
This was the third championship won by the Storm, and the first since 2010. Yet, it doesn’t have the same feel as if the Mariners or Seahawks winning a championship. This has to do to the fact that most of the state wants a basketball team back, a team possibly called the Seattle SuperSonics. Durant stated in an interview with USA Today, “For sure. Most definitely. It’s a basketball city. It’s a sports town. … They have a good representation of basketball in the NBA from Seattle-born players, Washington state-born players. And I feel like that whole brand deserves an NBA team.” The thought of the NBA bringing back the SuperSonics often overshadows the success of the Storm, who has become a team to be reckoned with. So while it would be great for an NBA team to come to Seattle, the city has the best WNBA team that is coming off a championship.