One of the greatest questions that sports fans entertain is the idea of, "what if?" It allows us to take our sports-saturated brains into all the corners and crevices that reality does not.
"What if Russell Westbrook didn't get hit by Patrick Beverley?"
"What if Portland didn't select Greg Oden?"
"What if Michael Jordan didn't go and play baseball?"
"What if the city of Seattle didn't lose their team?"
"What if alternate realities collided and the 1996 Sonics played the 2012 Thunder?"
While we cannot do much about the first four hypotheticals, perhaps there is something that can be done about the last one. And who better than the good folks at Sonics Rising to help us?
Imagine it for a moment. One franchise, split into two, featuring their greatest collection of respective talents. Kevin Durant assaulting Detlef Schrempf. Shawn Kemp trying to reign down fire on Serge Ibaka. James Harden's beard vs Sam Perkins' hair. The ballet of the big men, featuring Kendrick Perkins and Ervin Johnson. Russell Westbrook vs Gary Payton.
OMG. Westbrook vs Payton.
Let's make it happen. Starting next week, the crews at Sonics Rising and WTLC are going to break it down. And then light it up. We're going to give you a week of player breakdowns, with the Thunder guys vs their Sonics counterparts. Here is what it will look like, starting on Monday:
- Monday 8/4: Gary Payton vs. Russell Westbrook
- Tuesday 8/5: Hersey Hawkins vs. Thabo Sefolosha (morning) and Detlef Schrempf vs. Kevin Durant (afternoon)
- Wednesday 8/6: Shawn Kemp vs. Serge Ibaka
- Thursday 8/7: Ervin Johnson vs. Kendrick Perkins (morning) and Bench vs. Bench (afternoon)
- Friday 8/8: George Karl vs. Scott Brooks