Sonics - Lost but not forgotten

Lost but not forgotten, the Seattle Supersonics were Seattle’s official basketball team from 1967 to 2008. Their relocation to Oklahoma City at that time caused many a Seattleite’s heart to break.

The SuperSonics’ reign was a colorful one. The legendary Bill Russell took them to their first playoffs in 1975. After a low point through the 80’s, the Sonics hit their stride in the 90’s when Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton joined the team. From 1993-1994, the Sonics held the best record in the NBA at 63-19.

Kemp and Payton, 1996 Finals

Kemp and Payton, 1996 Finals

The Seattle SuperSonics have been personified by two different mascots. The first was the Wheedle on the Needle, a character from a popular children’s book set in the Pacific Northwest. In 1993, the Wheedle was replaced by the more recognizable Squatch; an homage to Big Foot, or Sasquatch.

Here at Simply Seattle, we keep the memory of the Sonics alive and well as this classic tee continues to be one of our best sellers.