KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Sonics fans were in the Seattle courtroom Wednesday, yelling at owner Clay Bennett, calling him a liar. He's trying to move the team to Oklahoma City. The trial should wrap up Monday.
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels says the Sonics must honor the remaining two years of their lease at Key Arena while Bennett says they will lose $60 million if they are forced to stay in Seattle.
The question is, do people in our area really care.
Scott Parker says, "It is a good group of guys. It's fun and competitive."
Parker and others like him get together regularly in the Tri-Cities to play pick-up basketball.
Most of them have watched the Sonic's saga develop. Parker says, "In reality, it's goona be bad for the state of Washington or the city of Seattle. They've kind of been an icon for a lot of years."
Pick-up playerMatt DiDesidero says, "It wouldn't be the same if they left."
But while some said they had a soft spot for the Sonics, others said they just didn't care. Pick-up player Dan Melior says, "It doesn't matter whether they stay or go. I haven't gone to a game in 20 years."
Many say regardless of basketball, the Sonics play an important role in Seattle.