No champagne. No schadenfreude.
Members of the 1979 SuperSonics did not huddle up Sunday
evening, rooting against the NFL Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII in the hope of retaining their Seattle specialness. As Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and the rest of them dominated the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, 43-8, the Sonics’ 35-year reign as the city’s only major sports championship was over.
And at least one of them was fine with that.
“That sounds like the  Miami Dolphins and the undefeated thing,” Jack Sikma said this weekend. “No, that’s something different.”
Sikma, an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Rick Adelman‘s staff, played nine of his 14 NBA seasons in Seattle. He was a seven-time All-Star for the Sonics, a 6-foot-11 center who anchored the ’79 team that ranked first among the market’s sports franchises in terms of ultimate achievement. Until Sunday.
“First of all, I like football and I like the Seahawks team,” Sikma said, “and I like how they conducted their business this year. They deserved to be where they’re at, having a shot at it.”
Unlike the legend of the ’72 Dolphins, whose alumni are said to pop corks each NFL season when the last unbeaten team loses (thereby preserving Miami’s distinctive claim), rooting against the Seahawks would be a Seattle-on-Seattle crime. Sikma makes his permanent home in that city, so he has a close-up, supportive view of the football team, which failed in its only previous Super Bowl bid (XL).
“The organization has shown they have good people making good decisions with their draft picks and free agents,” he said. “The whole story of Russell Wilson – they sign Matt Flynn at quarterback but the third round [of the 2012 draft] comes around and [GM] John Schneider says, ‘Hey, this guy is just too good of a football player. We’ve got to take him. We’ll figure it out.’
“It’s a different animal than NBA basketball, but how they’ve gone about their business, I think would bode well in our league too.”
Sikma learned what it meant to deliver a championship to Seattle’s passionate sports fans, and shared that with NBA.com. Now it’s the Seahawks’ turn, with the Sonics sharing their lofty status.