"It's especially hard to watch this team because they're a great team playing that fast-paced, in-your-face basketball like the great Sonics teams in the past did," said Jason Reid, the director of Sonicsgate: Requiem For A Team, a brilliant documentary on the team's departure.
"We were robbed of that opportunity. That's something that makes me very frustrated and angry."
Those emotions have created a new genre of Seattle sports fan. Previously considered reserved and über polite, heartbroken Sonics fans have become the exception. They yell injustice any chance they get. They despise Schultz, Bennett and NBA commissioner David Stern, among others.
They spar with Oklahoma City fans who wish they'd go away and let the Thunder's story be a feel-good tale."I think the Oklahoma people get very frustrated with Sonics fans," Reid said. "They think we're attacking them. We're not. We think they did everything they needed to do to deserve an NBA franchise. We just wish it wasn't our team. And as long as they have a shared history with Seattle and act like it's the same franchise, we're going to keep raising our voices. We're going to stay at it until we have a team back here."