Seattle lost its NBA team, the Sonics, in 2008. They moved to Oklahoma and became the Oklahoma City Thunder.
You know how sports are in America, teams can change from one city to another! Crazy. They go wherever the owner decides. That would never happen say, with Barça or Manchester United. Riots would ensue and civilization as we know it would pretty much end in those cities if their teams left. I'm exaggerating of course, but you get the point.
Anyhow, the fact is that some wealthy folks have agreed to buy the team from Sacramento (sorry, Pete Scully!) and bring it to Seattle, where it'll be renamed, you guessed it, the Sonics! If all goes well, they will start playing at Seattle's Key Arena in the fall.
I'm telling you all this as commentary to these sketches because my son is really looking forward to the Sonics return. He's been playing basketball all winter, as you see in some of these pocket sketchbook notes, and is already asking if we'll get tickets to the first Sonics game. My daughter has been playing basketball too, so the sport has been not only the talk of the town but also the talk of our household!
(I can't post it here since it belongs to my employer, but you can also see a sketch of Key Arena during an WNBA game on my Seattle Times blog.)
On the flag: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA sketcher Jessie Chapman sketching at Charlottesville train station with UVA Medical Center in the distance.
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