Friday, September 30
Amazingly, it’s been a decade since the heyday of the Sonics, back when Karl, Kemp, Payton, Det, et al dominated headlines around here.
In a strange sort of way, a reunion of sorts has taken place in Portland – a reunion that’s gone as rotten as week-old potato salad. It appears erstwhile Sonic überassistant Tim Grgurich, Nate McMillan, and Portland’s management have gotten into a snit, culminating in a lawsuit filed by Grgurich against the Blazers. It’s a messy story, but Grgurich claims he became persona non grata after McMillan took over in July, and, to add insult to injury, the Blazers are blocking him from other coaching jobs. According to the article, Grgurich may wind up in Denver, reunited with – surprise! – George Karl. (On a side note, how amazing is it that Karl, McMillan, Dwayne Casey, Terry Stotts, and Bob Weiss – all members of George’s staff/team in the mid-90s – are all head coaches in the NBA?).
If you’re like me, your first question has to be: Where is Bob Kloppenburg amidst all this turmoil?
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is there any value for grg to join the sonics?
do we want someone like him?
while the team/fans await the regular season and since he has been alluded to in the past few topics, i'd like to bring up an old topic/question i hope anyone would offer their take on.
is there an action/point of no return from which Nate McMillan would lose his status as beloved and revered former sonic?
as alot of more diehard fans have pointed out, Mac-10's long tenure in a sonics' jersey and the blood and sweat he poured while in green and gold seem to cement his legacy as Mr. Sonic, and in turn offers him quite a few mulligans in the eyes of superfriends everywhere.
For instance: there is, i believe, a belief held by many that
a)Mac-10 should have been re-hired by the org
b)there was blame to be laid out in the negotiation proces b/n the two, and it rested mostly on the front office. (although, from his own mouth, he states he highly desired a change of scenery, and would've taken another job regardless of what was offered by the Sonics)
But, what if:
a) Mr. Sonic suddenly bolted the team for more money, power, personal interest etc... and to the team's I-5 bitter rivals, no less. (Arod's situation jumps into mind, and, again, the only difference b/n the two would simply be length of tenure in the home uni's and perception of character, IMO.)
b) Reports/evidence popped up damaging his credibility as an upstanding citizen/man of high morals blah blah blah.
Would your opinion/take on the man change? How about if something more egregious reared its ugly head?
Again, I am not in any way implying that having loyal to the man is being ig'nant or something. I'm just curious if there is a point at which that loyalty to the man would be severely tested or possibly severed altogether? Thoughts?
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