A new book from sports author Jon Finkel tells the tale of the Seatte SuperSonics and NBA players from Seattle, and how “the city’s love affair with their team and players was unlike any other,” per the book’s description.
Hoops Heist: Seattle, the Sonics, and How a Stolen Team’s Legacy Gave Rise to the NBA’s Secret Empire, is available on Amazon right here.
“From Lenny Wilkens, Spencer Haywood, Slick Watts, ‘Downtown’ Freddie Brown and Jack Sikma, through Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp and the electric 90s era, all the way up to Ray Allen‘s run and Kevin Durant‘s single season, Hoops Heist explores the incredible impact of the Sonics locally and the importance of the franchise nationally,” the book’s jacket reads.
“Featuring exhaustive research and exclusive interviews with Seattle legends, NBA Hall of Famers and the players who came of age in the Sonics’ shadow, including Isaiah Thomas, Brandon Roy, Doug Christie, Jason Terry, Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford and more, Hoops Heist captures the transcendence of the Pacific Northwest’s basketball scene and its ongoing influence in today’s NBA.”
Thomas actually wrote the foreward for the book.
The Sonics played in Seattle from 1967-2008 before moving to Oklahoma City and becoming the Thunder. They made three appearances in the Finals — 1978, ’79 and ’96, winning their lone title in ’79.