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The Final Days of the Sonics: Lawsuits, Backroom Politics, and a Confused Kevin Durant

The last episode of ‘Sonic Boom’ looks at the team’s last moments in Seattle—and first in Oklahoma City

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The Final Days of the Fight to Save the Seattle SuperSonics

Episode 7 of ‘Sonic Boom’ explores the last-ditch efforts to prevent the new ownership group from moving the team to Oklahoma City

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“What Happened to Ed?” The Mystery Man at the Center of the Sonics Sale

His name has largely been lost to history. He’s not considered a villain in Seattle or a hero in Oklahoma City. In fact, he’s not considered at all. Yet without Ed Evans, the Sonics might never have moved to OKC. So who is he? What role did he play in the story that shook the NBA? And where did he go?

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The Galaxy-Brain Thinking That Brought Clay Bennett to the Sonics

Episode 5 of ‘Sonic Boom’ explores why a group from Seattle was willing to sell to the group from Oklahoma City

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How the Hornets and Hurricane Katrina Paved the Way for the OKC Thunder

Episode 4 of ‘Sonic Boom’ explores how Oklahoma City became a temporary home for the New Orleans team—and eventually a permanent home for the NBA

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The Seahawks and Mariners Got New Homes. So Why Couldn’t the Sonics?

Episode 3 of ‘Sonic Boom’ explores the sports facility boom of the ’90s and how the city’s NBA franchise got shut out

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How a Starbucks CEO and a Recession Helped Drive the SuperSonics Out of Seattle

Episode 2 of ‘Sonic Boom’ explores the troubled ownership tenure of coffee impresario Howard Schultz

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The ’90s Made the Sonics Iconic—and Planted the Seeds for Heartbreak

Episode 1 of ‘Sonic Boom,’ our new documentary podcast series exploring the Sonics’ exit from Seattle, looks at the Payton-Kemp years and how one key decision foreshadowed the NBA franchise’s decision to leave the city

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‘Group Chat’: NBA Approval Ratings and the Making of ‘Sonic Boom’

As training camps kick off, Chris and Justin evaluate their perception of some noteworthy teams

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Introducing ‘Sonic Boom’: How Seattle Lost Its Team

‘Sonic Boom’ tells a story of basketball and politics, wealth and power—revealing new truths about the NBA’s greatest heist