Day of celebration as NBA hoops returns to Seattle



SEATTLE (AP) — A day to celebrate what Seattle has produced on the basketball court also became a green and gold reminder of what the area lost with no solid idea of when the NBA might return.

Saturday’s H206 Charity Basketball Classic brought NBA players back to KeyArena for the first league-sanctioned event since the messy departure of the SuperSonics for Oklahoma City following the 2008 season.

Fans have remained loyal to the Sonics name with thousands of old jerseys being pulled out from closets for Saturday’s game that featured the likes of Jamal Crawford, Martell Webster, Aaron Brooks and Spencer Hawes, all Seattle area products. Brandon Roy was a late scratch from playing in the game.