On Friday afternoon former Seattle Supersonic great Jack Sikma was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. An honor that was well overdue. The center played his first nine seasons with Seattle and averaged 16.8 points per game to go along with 10.8 rebounds, a block, and a steal. This led Sikma to make seven All-Star games throughout his career.
During his speech, he told stories of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Moses Malone. He talked about how Lenny Wilkins thought a 5 and 17 Sonics team could turn things around and win during his rookie year. A few months later they made the NBA Finals and almost beat Wes Unseld and the Washington Bullets.
A year later they would bring Seattle their first and only NBA championship.
During the speech Sikma would drop this line:
“To all the diehard Sonic fans who proudly sport the green and gold … there’s a hole in Seattle that needs to be filled. Speaking for all Sonics fans, it’s our great hope that the NBA will soon find a pathway to bring a franchise back to Seattle. It’s time.”
This brought a loud cheer from all those in attendance.
We agree, Jack. It is time for the NBA to return to Seattle.
Watch the full speech below.