Things on the NBA want list

1. An actual name. I’m starting to lean toward “Scissortails,” just because it seems so implausible.

2. An actual shooting guard. Yeah, Kevin Durant’s been playing there, but he just seems like a natural small forward, and the team is short on guys who can consistently hit from the perimeter. Still, Sam Presti’s goal during this year’s draft seemed to be bolstering the defense, and I’m not about to knock a solid D if we can get one. And if everyone who was appalled at the thought of playing out on the prairie were dealt elsewhere, there’d be cap space the likes of which no one would believe. (Not gonna happen, though, especially since one of the dismayed was Durant.)

3. A TV guy. The long-time Sonics play-by-play man, Kevin Calabro, has already said he’s not moving. (Matt Pinto, who was hired by the Sonics last year to do radio, will be here.)

4. Someone to carry those TV games. I suspect Cox has the upper hand over FSN Southwest, but no deals have been announced.

5. Someone to carry those radio games. We can probably eliminate the Renda group, since they have serious OU obligations. This leaves either Clear Channel (any number of stations) or Citadel (probably the Sports Animal).

6. A temporary practice facility. When the Hornets were here, they practiced at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany; SNU has said they’d be happy to make arrangements for the, um, Scissortails, and Oklahoma City University reportedly would be amenable to the idea. It was suggested on an Oklahoman comments page that they practice at Casady School in the Village, home of Bennett Athletic Center. No points for guessing which Bennett.

7. A place for a permanent practice facility. Steve Lackmeyer is taking suggestions for the location; the general feeling seems to be that it should be somewhere outside the city’s core, lest it conflict with other development goals.

8. An estimate of ticket prices. This is so I can start haranguing MasterCard for a higher credit limit.

9. Some locally-based blogs to cover the team. Given the generally excellent work done by Supersonicsoul and Sonics Central, whoever takes on the job — no, not me; I have too many irons in the fire already — has a hard act to follow.


  1. fillyjonk »

    6 July 2008 · 12:20 pm

    Hey, I LIKE the idea of the “Scissortails.” It would lead to one of the most wonderfully-ridiculous mascots of all times.

    Failing that, what about the Tarantulas? We have those, too. Granted, it might keep away the arachnophobic part of the population, but you have to admit, tarantulas are pretty cool.

    However, I bet it’ll be the Tornadoes or something equally unappealing. Maybe the Wind-turbines.

  2. CGHill »

    6 July 2008 · 1:04 pm

    The Universe of Really Great Team Names has shrunk considerably over the years.

    There is talk of “Thunderbirds,” which isn’t so bad, and of “Thunder,” which is, to my mind, insufficiently collective-sounding.

    But the more I think about “Scissortails,” the more I like it: it’s not a name you’re going to see somewhere else, it’s distinctly Oklahoma, and team mascot Edward Scissortail (inevitable, right?) would get all kinds of opportunities to cut up, so to speak.

  3. Jennifer »

    6 July 2008 · 1:06 pm

    The Thunder sounds like a roller derby team, or better still, an Arena Football team.

    Supersooners is out of the question, I take it.

  4. CGHill »

    6 July 2008 · 1:09 pm

    We have arena football (af2); our team is called the (gag) Yard Dawgz.

  5. McGehee »

    6 July 2008 · 1:31 pm


    If they pass on Scissortails, that is. Which, they’d have to be crazy.

    Which, would make “Vortex” just about right.

  6. CGHill »

    6 July 2008 · 1:33 pm

    Every vortex I’ve ever seen, consonant with the laws of physics, has sucked.

    Reason enough to turn it down, I think.

  7. CGHill »

    6 July 2008 · 2:49 pm

    Jason Fleming at Hoopsworld has a suggestion for the shooting-guard issue:

    Here’s an idea — play [rookie Russell Westbrook] at the two.

    Wait, what?! Isn’t that where Kevin Durant plays?!

    That’s where Durant played last season, but it’s not a natural fit for him and it doesn’t take the best advantage of his abilities. Durant’s best position is small forward, so [they] should be able to plug Westbrook in at the two and let Ridnour or Watson run the point (either way they decide, one of those two has to go because they can’t effectively co-exist). Then Durant moves over to the three, fellow sophomore Jeff Green to the four, and whomever wins out in the middle at the five.

    I like this. And I suspect Ridnour’s good as gone anyway.

  8. fillyjonk »

    6 July 2008 · 3:04 pm

    Edward Scissortail.

    Best. Mascot. Name. Ever. (Their colors then would have to be black and silver, or something appropriately Goth.)

    The sad thing is, it’s so awesome it probably won’t happen.

    (I bet they’ll come up with something dumb like The Vortex. The problem with using Vortex as a team name is that you’re only a step or two away from “suck” jokes.)

  9. CGHill »

    6 July 2008 · 8:34 pm

    I see someone else is thinking along these lines.

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