Sikma Gets Wish, ’79 Sonics Get Company

No champagne. No schadenfreude.

Members of the 1979 SuperSonics did not huddle up Sunday

Jack Sikma

Jack Sikma played nine of his 14 seasons in Seattle.
Photo courtesy of Seattle Seahawks

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 [1972] 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).

Jack Sikma

Photo courtesy of Seattle Seahawks

“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.

14 Comments

  1. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    I’m a Seattle Mariner fan for life, and I love the team they’re formng (such as the huge signing of Robinson Cano). I think Cano can be “like” a Ken Griffey, Jr. caliber guy. He’s already won Gold Gloves, hits at a good average, and is a good slugger. I love how Seahawk coach, Pete Carroll, and new Mariner, Robinson Cano, showed support for each other’s Seattle pro sports teams.

    I bet Jack Sikma is a huge Mariner fan.

    I think they will make the playoffs and coud make a lot of noise.

  2. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    Psst. (Maybe the Lakers should move to Seattle and be re-named the SuperSonics).

  3. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    Until Seattle gets an NBA team (may not happen for a long time, if Sacramento didn’t move there), it is the Seattle Sonics / OKC Thunder!!!

    Same franchise. Combination of 2 great cities.

    Remember KD played his first full NBA season in Seattle before they moved to OKC. He was rooting for the Seattle Seahawks to win the Super Bowl which they did in dominating fashion.

    Similarly, Seattle fans traveled across the nation to support the Seahawks live. They also should all cheer the OKC Thunder. IT’S THE SAME FRANCHISE!! Just combine the two cities and watch the Sonics/Thunder win the NBA 2014 Finals!!!!

    BTW, part of the reason they moved the team was lack of fan support (because the team was rebuilding and lost a lot). But when they win, Seattle and OKC both support their teams especially at insane levels!!!

    When Westbrook returns after the All Star break, the Sonics/Thunder will DOMINATE just like the Seattle Seahawks did!

    YES! YES! YES!

    I love this game.

  4. zulu says:

    Big Sikma one of the best

  5. Michael says:

    Congratulations to the 2013 Seattle Seahawks and the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics teams. However, I was just wondering why the 2 time WNBA champions (2004 and 2010) Seattle Storm team did not rate a mention in this article? Isn’t the WNBA a major professional sports body?

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      Of course WNBA is a pro sports body/league. Their teams even bear the same uniform colors as their NBA counterparts.

  6. jody collier says:

    Female sports and thing like soccer dont count or san diego would be considered a championship city with the soccer team.. only mlb, nfl, nba, nhl, & the winner of the spelling bee get that honor.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      WRONG! WNBA is the Women’s Pro Baskeball league. Seattle Storm have been very successful, winning 2 World Titles and whatnot. Bearing the green and gold with pride.

      Winner of the spelling bee?

      Okay…

  7. PalmOil Preference says:

    The only asterisk for David Stern career what happen to the Supersonics. I see the scene in the picture above could only imagine how those folks in Washington would support they would be the 6th man of the year in the NBA. It would be crazy and we are all missing out it’s pretty sad actually. What happen Stern what happen?

    I would like to applaud west coast fans because they make games look really enjoyable. The TrailBlazers, Warriors, Kings, Suns, Lakers, Clippers, etc you’ll make we want to leave the DMV and come out there to some games just from how you all appreciate the game.

    • Joshua Greenfarb says:

      That wasn’t David Stern’s fault. Sometimes, franchises move to different cities. The Nets franchise moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn, New York. Jersey fans should still cheer their Nets. It’s the same franchise. It’s the closest connection to your NBA team.

      Get it, Jeff Van Gundy?

      Not confounding at all. You cheer for the team with closest connection to your city.
      :-)

  8. pasanton says:

    Congrats to the Seahawks! The city of Seattle has two other championships besides those cited in the article. In 2004 and 2010 the Seattle Storm won the WNBA title.

  9. charles cohen says:

    Congrats. Sikma was a favorite of mine. Who knows, maybe two championships for you and a fun Mariner team. And then $2000 gold.

    Sent from my iPad

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  10. Shank says:

    Seattle needs a team ASAP…cards are in your hands Adam.