A LEGEND IS BORN II

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A LEGEND IS BORN II

Postby Sit on Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:36 am

A Legend Is Born II
A NBA 2K9 Seattle Stealth Association

The NBA has gone back to Seattle.

Follow this story, which promises intrigue and a couple of surprises at every corner!


I hope I can keep you guys entertained. Won’t be many pictures in here so unless you like reading (Because it might end up a little like this), I don’t think I will have much to offer you guys. Otherwise: enjoy!

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Team: Seattle Stealth
Game: NBA 2K9 (Xbox 360)
Season: 82 Games
Quarter Length: 7 Minutes
Sim Length: 12 Minutes
Playoffs: 7-7-7-7

Contents

Prologue
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 34
Epilogue

Disclaimer: None of the events or characters in this Association Story are real-life portrayals of relate-able events or individuals or organizations. This story is fictitious with no real life basis. If any similarities do occur, it is of mere coincidence. I will also not be held liable for any defamation, libel, or whatever equivalent offense that I may be alleged to have committed.
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Prologue

Howard Schultz wiped the sweat off his forehead with a green handkerchief. It was not the heat outside that made him uncomfortable; it was the angst of waiting for the old Circuit Judge to deliver the Court of Appeal’s judgement to all of those in attendance. Schultz looked across the room and saw Clayton Bennett. Bennet was taking a sip of water from a glass; as calm as one could be. Schultz then looked at Gary Payton sitting next to him on his left. He looked to his right at his attorney. Both of them were just staring ahead into space.
Circuit Judge Gould cleared his throat before addressing the courtroom, “As it was established in the case of Basketball Club of Seattle and Professional Basketball Club, the appellant in this appeal did not act in good faith during their business dealings with the respondent. These acts came to fruition through the intentional use of fraud and misrepresentation by the appellant and the facts from the case heard by the District Court are affirmed by this Court of Appeal.”
Schultz smiled and looked at Payton who was clenching his fist in a sign of victory.
Gould continued, “You, Mr Bennett, as the appellant in this appeal argue that you made reasonable steps in keeping the Seattle Supersonics basketball franchise in the city of Seattle. We have established that you indeed did not. The original contract of sale required you to keep the team in Seattle and you and your group had plans to move the team before you had entered into a contract for the team. Your intentions were to relocate the franchise once you had bought it and had the respondent in this case known these intentions, such a sale of the rights to franchise would not have occurred.”
Clayton Bennett shook his head in disagreement as the Judge continued reading his judgement, “The appellant appeal that the remedy awarded to the respondent was not reasonable. This court affirms the decision made in the District Court and agrees with the notion that both parties should be returned to the positions that they were in before the disputed contractual agreement took place. The contract of sale was breached and thus it is to be void and in light of the agreement being negated, in all fairness, the remedy awarded by the District Court was the fairest choice.”
The Circuit Judge focused his gaze at Bennett and his lawyers, “The license and ownership of the now-defunct Oklahoma City Thunder franchise will be put into a constructive trust. This appeal is to be dismissed.”
“All rise,” the bailiff called out to the court as the Judges stood and exited the courtroom.
Schultz shook hands with his attorney. Bennett had a look of disgust as he left with his team of lawyers. Schultz would wait a few minutes before leaving. He knew that there would be a media frenzy waiting for him outside the courthouse.

The Oklahoma City Thunder was on the Ford Centre court finishing off an intra-squad scrimmage. The players had been told to keep practising until a final decision had been made by the Court of Appeal. Head coach P.J. Carlesimo stopped practise and assembled all of his players at midcourt.
“I’m sorry guys,” he said to the team.
Kevin Durant immediately frowned and had his head down as most of the team’s mood became sombre.
Carlesimo started talking again, “We just heard that the team is going back to Seattle.”
One of the coaching staff called to the group to go over to the side of the court and look at television that was wheeled out next to the bench. The words ‘Breaking News’ ran across the screen. The ticker was showing: ‘LIVE: Court of Appeal affirms District Court decision to strip ownership of Thunder from Clayton Bennett and PBL. Oklahoma City Thunder to relocate back to Seattle, Washington.’ The players and coaching staff huddled around the TV and listened intently to the news anchor.

“In breaking news this afternoon, Circuit Judge Gould has delivered a judgement stating that the Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal led by Clayton Bennett and his group of attorneys. The Oklahoma City Thunder that has only existed for little more than a month will cease to exist and the franchise will move back to Seattle. We now cross live to Seattle where our reporter Michael Dennis is waiting for former Seattle Supersonics’ chairman Howard Schultz to make a statement.”
The feed went to Seattle and on screen there was a mob of journalists on the court steps. Michael Dennis, a veteran reporter, was jostling for position in the crowd and trying not to be pushed out of the view of the camera.
“Thank you Cindy! And we are here outside the Seattle Court of Appeal waiting for Howard Schultz to come out. We just had a quick chat to Clay Bennett who was very disappointed and he has indicated that he will not appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court. In related news, David Stern and the NBA have not made any statements on this case and it seems that they will be keeping quiet about this hot topic. It remains to be seen what happens with the Thunder team and whether the team will retain their Sonics’ name and… and there is Howard Schultz!”
Dennis turned around quickly and followed the other reporters towards Schultz who was walking down the stairs with his lawyers, police, and Gary Payton following behind them. Cameras were clicking as microphones and recorders were stuck in Schultz’s face.
One man shouted, “Mr Schultz! Are you pleased with the result of this case?”
Schultz answered, “Yes, we are very pleased and we are feeling very good that we decided to proceed with legal action despite the fact that we thought we didn’t have much of a chance a few months ago. I am sure that the city of Seattle and the fans of the Sonics are going to be ecstatic. I am sure they are. NBA basketball is returning.”
“Mr Schultz,” a lady asked very quickly; she seemed like she was about to run out of breath, “What are your plans with the Thunder?”
“We are going to move the team back to Seattle. As you know, the NBA has not been very cooperative and it looks like some of the Thunder will now lose their jobs. A final decision won’t be made until I have sold the team and perhaps we will know more in the near future.”
Dennis chimed in, “Is it true that Gary Payton is leading a consortium to gain the license to the franchise? Is Mr Payton planning on becoming the manager of the team?”
Schultz made a quick glance over his shoulder at Payton and then turned his focus back onto the reporters, “I can’t comment on that sorry. I’m sorry guys but it’s been a very long day at court and I will not be taking any more questions. I will schedule a press conference later on this week so thank you for your time.”
Two burly police officers stepped in front of Schultz and started to push through the media throng, creating a path for the group to get to a car. Schultz and Payton hopped into the backseat and they drove off towards Schultz’s office. Schultz’s lawyers were following in the car behind them. It was time to talk business.
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Postby Sit on Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:37 am

In order to make sense of the story so far...

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Schultz Will Go Ahead With Lawsuit
Sonics’ former chairman does a backflip, will take Clay Bennett and PBL to court
September 5, 2008

By Tim Robbins
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In a surprising move, former Seattle Supersonics’ chairman Howard Schultz and his team of lawyers have submitted a lawsuit to the District Court. It is expected that with the NBA pre-season approaching quickly, both parties in this litigation have advised the Oklahoma City Thunder, who released their new name and team colours just two days ago, to continue preparing for the upcoming NBA season.

It was only last week that Schultz announced that he would drop the case against Clayton Bennett and PBL. Schultz’s attorney Richard Yarmuth released a statement on his client’s behalf: ‘Although my client, Howard Schultz, shared the opinion of others that any prospective case against PBL and the NBA would be regarded as a ‘long-shot’ in regard to success; he has decided that it is in the best interests of the city of Seattle to try anything to get their NBA team back.’

The bold move from Schultz caught the NBA by surprise who had been trying hard to prevent the case from going ahead. NBA commissioner David Stern is yet to make a formal statement. The NBA put in a motion to the courts in July and was later told that they had the right to intervene in the matter at hand. However, a confident Yarmuth also included a shot at the NBA: ‘…our legal team is confident that the NBA will not want to intervene in this matter as we have proof that could damage the league’s integrity…”

Clay Bennett was unavailable for comment. Court Proceedings are expected to begin in a fortnight.

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Howard Schultz and Team Win Landmark Case

September 26, 2008

SEATTLE (AP) – In a landmark decision, the District Court in Seattle found Clayton Bennett and PBL guilty of fraud and misrepresentation whilst dealing in a business matter. The court found that a key condition in the sale contract was that the team was to be kept in Seattle. However, in email conversations between Bennett’s group, it was proven that PBL had no intention of ever keeping the Sonics’ franchise at home. As a result, the new Oklahoma City Thunder will relocate back to Seattle.

In a dramatic twist of events, Schultz took Bennett and PBL to court despite dropping an earlier pending lawsuit. The earlier lawsuit was revoked by Schultz due to the court ruling that the NBA had a right to intervene in the matter. However, the NBA has remained silent on the issue the second time around when Schultz said he would take legal action. Rumour has it that this was due to the fact that Schultz’s lawyers were able to obtain information that PBL had made payments to David Stern and the NBA.

The District Court has decided that the franchise will be put in a constructive trust allowing it to be sold to a prospective new owner. According to Schultz, the team will only be sold to someone willing to keep the team in Seattle.

It is said that PBL will lodge an appeal.

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Appeal Dismissed: Seattle To Get NBA Team Back

October 9, 2008

SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle officials will need to work fast to get their team back on the floor in time for the beginning of the NBA season, which starts in less than three weeks. The Court of Appeal in Seattle dismissed an appeal sought by Clayton Bennett and PBL, stating that the ruling of stripping PBL of its ownership of the NBA franchise would stand.

“We (PBL) are very disappointed with the decision, especially because of the fact that we are so close to the NBA season,” Bennett told reporters, “I have decided that we will not appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. We will continue to look for a way to gain an NBA team for Oklahoma City. There are definitely going to be many fans disappointed by this decision.”

Howard Schultz’s attorney, Richard Yarmuth, proclaimed his client’s happiness for the decision, “When we began proceedings, everyone stated how this was a long shot (for us to win the case). However, we came out on top as the underdogs and Seattle will be getting their team back! My client and my team would like to thank the courts for giving us a concession and hearing our case first. We appreciate that and now the new Seattle management will have sufficient time to organise a team for the upcoming NBA season.” When quizzed on the future of the Seattle team, Schultz refused to comment.

It is expected that former NBA superstar Gary Payton is leading a consortium to buy the rights to the franchise. Payton, in recent months, has made his intentions clear, to keep the Sonics in Seattle, to the media.
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Postby Lamrock on Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:55 am

This is already awesome. Great storyline going on. If only this would have happened in real life. I hope to see you keep this going as long as your HOF dynasties.

Small gaffe: You referred to Seattle as being in the state of Oregon, when it is actually in Washington.
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Postby Sit on Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:59 am

Ah yeah! haha... I always get it mixed up. Portland is in Oregon right?

Shows I'm not very good with American geography lol

(EDIT: I also don't know why but when I think The Glove, I think Oregon... however it's been fixed!)
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Postby The X on Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:24 pm

Payton did go to Oregon State, so that's probably where you got confused....but yes, Seattle is in the state of Washington....

anyways, good to see you're not going with Lakers....the Sonics will be a good Association to do (Y)
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Postby Clutch on Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:31 am

terrific writing and storyline man (Y) and while its hinted at, i'm curious to see how 'the Glove' fits into the overall picture; really glad to see him there

lastly, a request - can you pls bring 'the Rainman' back into the mix somehow? maybe a trainer - that'd be ironic but a hoot!
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Postby Brawn Shadley on Sat Oct 18, 2008 1:54 am

It's Reignman! Not Rainman.

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Postby Clutch on Sat Oct 18, 2008 2:38 am

shadow, no no actually i had it right; i wasn't talking about Kemp :P j/k
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Postby Sit on Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:35 am

Seattle Situation Big Blow To Credibility
NBA’s Integrity Questioned Again

October 11, 2008

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In the latest turn of events, one must be wondering about the legitimacy of the NBA and its administration practices. The whole Seattle situation (ending in a dismissed appeal which means that the Oklahoma City Thunder are no more) has been an embarrassing bungle for David Stern and the league. When I think of the NBA's integirty, it makes me ponder…

… do people want to be following a league that could be perceived as ‘corrupt’?

This story is not based on whether David Stern received payments from PBL. That is for you to form your own opinion on. Those rumours have already done enough damage to Stern’s reputation and the NBA’s credibility. This story is about how the NBA is, once again, in damage control. The drama about NBA referees made some fans believe that the league may be fixed. Results from the past have been ruined with revelations that a certain official was involved in a scandal. Fans don’t know whether their teams were robbed or not. Teams that have won will have fans that wonder if they deserved to win; they might have had a sixth player on the court.

The NBA did a great job in sweeping the issue under the rug. They tried to make I clear that it was only one person and all the blame was put on that one person. They alienated themselves from the problem and people tend to forget quickly. People have forgotten. All of this shows how much it means to the league for them to keep their image clean. There is no denying that recent allegations of bribery have hit home hard.

In a country like the United States, people frown upon this kind of behaviour. Imagine if at your workplace, you had a colleague who wanted another colleague out. They wanted them out so bad that they went to the boss and payed them to get rid of the colleague that they didn’t want around. After paying the boss, the boss proceeds with the task. How would you perceive these people you work with? Would you want to work in a place like that? Would you do business with them?

Take another hypothetical for example. That important business proposal of yours is not accepted because your competition pays for theirs to be taken on board. Your proposal is rejected, not on merit but on money. The circumstances may not be the same but the moral is still there. However, I shall give you a quick rundown of what is alleged to have happened in real life.

A few years ago, PBL bought the Seattle Supersonics. One of the main conditions in the sale was for the team to be kept in the city of Seattle. As we all know, the team eventually moved to OKC after much debate. Former Sonics’ chairman led a suit arguing that PBL breached the sale of contract and that they had misrepresented their desire on where to have the team play. That’s not the issue here. The issue is that when Schultz took PBL to court, Bennett panicked and apparently paid money to the league to do something about it. If this were to have happened (I am saying ‘if’); would you really trust the product that we call the NBA?

The NBA wants to sell themselves as a family friendly and household name. People don’t want to follow a sport where the people responsible for its operation seem to be corrupt.

You may now ask whether this is a big deal. If it was not, league execs would not be secretly asking for David Stern to be stood down. If it was not, the NBA would not have distanced itself from the court drama to the extent that they have not even acknowledged the fact that the NBA will be returning to Seattle. If it was not, the NBA would have filed that motion to intervene in the second time round that Howard Schultz decided to take Clayton Bennett and PBL to court.

The words ‘NBA’s integrity.’ It does make me ponder…
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Postby Lamrock on Sun Oct 19, 2008 5:17 am

I have a question about this: will you just use the Thunder, then say its the Sonics?
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Postby Sit on Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:41 am

Your question will be answered in the next update. :)
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Seattle In Rush To Organise Team
NBA Franchise Asks Fans To Vote For Team Name

October 12, 2008

SEATTLE (AP) -- With little more than a fortnight before the NBA season, the Seattle board has decided that they will not adopt their original Sonics team colors or logo again. After a much-anticipated move to Oklahoma City fell through, the team has returned to Seattle with lots of work to be done.

The team's board has decided on a shortlist of eight team names: Swish, Slayers, Showstoppers, Strike, Stealth, Shock, Steamers, and Slam. A Seattle spokeperson has commented, 'We would love for Sonics' fans and prospective new fans of Seattle basketball to come together and voice their preference on what our new team's name should be. Part of the process of deciding which name to use will be looking at what fans deem as the popular choice.'

The new name, along with the members of the team, will be unveiled to the public on October 22; just a week before the start of the NBA regular season.

In related news, it is reported that the new Seattle board has shown a proposal for the update of Key Arena to the NBA and the league was satisfied with the plans. Meanwhile, all of the now-defunct Oklahoma City Thunder's exhibition games have been cancelled with the new team currently holding workouts to decide their playing roster.
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Postby The X on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:08 am

I vote for Sonics & suggest you play all their games in retro uniforms (Y)
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Postby Sit on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:10 am

Sorry X, the Glove has decided to go in a new direction. :P
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Postby The X on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:25 am

when I think of Seattle Steamers, I immediately think of Cleveland Steamers :lol: so I vote for the Steamers :lol: that's what they just did to OKC 8-)
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Postby Clutch on Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:13 am

it bugs me that GP would feel so compelled to bring his team back... only to change it :? he needs to be FIRED already! :lol:

like X, keeping 'Sonics' would be my 1st choice but of the list? SEATTLE STRIKE. i just like the sound of it (although it might give the player's union ideas...)
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Postby Lamrock on Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:28 am

I write in the Sonics. (Not SuperSonics, Sonics)
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Postby Jing on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:24 pm

Seattle Thunder :P

It actually works with the Seattle Storm name.
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Postby jonthefon on Tue Oct 21, 2008 2:42 pm

The Seattle Mariners ;)

I'd say just keep the Sonics, history is always good.
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Postby nba_baller on Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:55 pm

Seattle Stealth. Got a ring to it.
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Postby OrlMagic on Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:52 pm

Seattle Shock or Storm.
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Postby buzzy on Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:15 pm

Jing wrote:Seattle Thunder :P

It actually works with the Seattle Storm name.


Seattle Thunderstorm (Y)
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Postby Brawn Shadley on Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:55 am

Seattle Slammers
Seattle Blockers
Seattle Stealers
Seattle Jammers

Take a pick.
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Postby hova- on Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:58 am

Seattle Steamers .. just sounds nice.
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Postby Cartar on Thu Oct 23, 2008 6:30 am

shadowgrin wrote:Seattle Slammers
Seattle Blockers
Seattle Stealers
Seattle Jammers

Take a pick.



:lol: Nba live 97?
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Postby The X on Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:18 am

ratrac wrote:
shadowgrin wrote:Seattle Slammers
Seattle Blockers
Seattle Stealers
Seattle Jammers

Take a pick.



:lol: Nba live 97?

actually, it goes all the way back to Live '95 :wink:
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Postby Sit on Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:25 pm

Hey guys, had a quick browse.

Right now, I'm leaning to one of the following four names: Steamers, Shock, Stealth, and Strike.
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Postby Arcane on Thu Oct 23, 2008 2:38 pm

thunderstorm
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Postby Lamrock on Thu Oct 23, 2008 3:00 pm

Well, Shock is a WNBA team, so out of the other 3: Stealth, but they all suck.

For some reason, I like Seattle Stalwarts. :P
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Postby Sit on Thu Oct 23, 2008 4:19 pm

I think I've got the name in mind now. Thanks guys.

Also, whilst looking through my NBA Live 06 dynasty, I noticed some cool 'coincidences'. I traded for Kwame Brown before it happened in real life. However, he did not become the star that he was in my dynasty in real life. Kobe won MVP about 2-3 years earlier... and the Lakers won the championship against the Boston Celtics.

In the season we won, we had a rookie PG who was white (ie. Jordan Farmar? lol); we had Carlos Boozer and Ron Artest forming a crazy frontcourt with Kwame (In real life: Bynum, Gasol, Odom)... Sort of different but sort of similar. I just thought it was interesting. :)
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Postby Mark. on Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:41 pm

You should start predicting the future for money then :P

Nice idea with this, havent had a chance to read through the chapters yet but I trust they are up to your usual standard :D

Keep it up.

Oh btw I like Steamers, but agree that bringing back the Sonics would be cool
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Chapter 1

“Congratulations Mr Payton, on your consortium’s acquisition of Seattle’s basketball franchise,” Howard Schultz, shaking Payton’s hand, announced to all of those in attendance at the press conference, “It is an honour to hand over the rights of this franchise to a past player and legend involved in Seattle basketball.”
Gary Payton then spoke into the microphone, “I am very happy to be a part of bringing the team back to Seattle. When the Sonics were moved to Oklahoma City, everyone knew that I was not happy. I told you all that we would have our team back and I thank Howard for all that he has done to help make my dream, and this city’s dream, come true.”
Payton continued speaking to the audience, “My team has decided that we will not readopt the team colors and logo of the Seattle Supersonics. After all of the incidents that have passed, we believe that it is time to go in a new direction with this franchise. This is a good opportunity for us to make a new identity for ourselves and for this reason; we will change the team logo and team colors before the new season starts in a few weeks.”
The team spokesman then prompted the journalists sitting in front of Payton, “Mr Payton is now able to answer your questions.”
“Woody Hannes, ESPN, Mr Payton; what will happen to the players of the Oklahoma City Thunder? Are you planning on retaining all of the players?”
Payton thought for a moment, “Since the players were originally signed to contracts for this particular franchise, they will all be staying with this team. However, we have decided that we will give all of the players an option to opt out now or change conditions in their contracts if both parties see fit. We have also decided that we will conduct a few workouts with free agents who may be interested in joining our new team.”
“Rebecca Jones, Seattle Times; have you got any ideas on a team name?”
“My team, who will become the team’s Board, have come up with a shortlist of names. We will put it out to the public and gather their feedback before making a final decision.”
“Jackson White, from the PI; there are rumours that you will become the new General Manager of this franchise Mr Payton. Is that true?”
Payton shook his head, “No, I will not be in that role however I will be the new head coach.”
There was a collective gasp as the same reporter asked, “What will become of P.J. Carlesimo?”
“Coach Carlesimo was informed of the Board’s decision this morning and he has been offered a job to stay with Seattle,” Payton replied, “Unfortunately, he had declined. I would like to thank him for his contribution to the team last season.”
“Mr Payton…” one reporter started to ask before Payton joked, “It’s Coach Payton now.”
Most of the people in the room laughed as the reporter smiled and finished his question, “Coach Payton, what do you feel that you can bring to the team?”
Payton was his own confident self as he answered the question, “I’m going to bring discipline, leadership, and a heck of an exciting team to watch. My team will play hard, hustle, and will make sure that other teams have a very tough time scoring against us.”

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He listened intently to the voice on the other end.
“You’re offering me a position?” he asked in a surprised tone then hesitantly added, “Yes, I’m free for an interview.”
He was on the phone for a while longer before hanging up. Sit said to Vince Thompson, “Well, it looks like I need to get a flight out of here to Seattle pronto.”

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Gary Payton was dressed in a nice suit, sitting on a panel of Board members interviewing Sit.
“I’m a huge fan of yours Mr Payton,” Sit told him.
Payton didn’t show any emotion but he was thinking, suck up, and continued with the interview, “Why do you want this job?”
Sit laughed, “You guys want me. You guys rang me and I’m just here because it’s been a while since I managed a team. Let’s skip ahead to talk about the contract because let’s face it – you guys are just happy I’m the only one who actually came to do an interview.”
The Board members all looked at each other before one of the older ones asked Sit, “What can you offer us then?”
Sit thought for a moment, “What do you expect of me? What do you want from me?”
Payton shot back, “We want this team to contend. I want to work with a team that can play with all the values I put in place. I need you to build that team for me.”
“I promise you that I will have a roster capable of making the playoffs in three seasons. No more but no less.”
“That’s a big promise,” one of the other members on the panel stated, “Are you sure you can deliver?”
“I never back out on a promise,” Sit winked.
“Congratulations,” Gary Payton said, “You’ve got the job.”
Sit stood up and shook all the members’ hands before receiving a copy of his contract. He had a look at it before signing it.

It was only a day after signing his new contract that Sit had to begin work at his new job. Sit and Payton had to interview each and every player of the Seattle squad. Their job was to explain to them the new and unique situation in which their team was in and how the players were going to be offered new contracts. The last interview was with Kevin Durant.
“So you’re going to waive all of the old conditions on my contract and I’m going to sign for one year?” Durant asked, with his agent sitting next to him.
Sit nodded, “That’s the plan. We think it’s best for both parties.”
Durant talked to his agent before saying, “I don’t know if this is a wise move.”
“Kevin, you are young and talented. If you are scared that we wouldn’t sign you to a new contract next season, I am sure that other teams will,” Sit reassured him, “Don’t worry because we want you in this team’s future. We are only doing one year contracts for everyone right now so that both parties are in a flexible position.”
Durant’s agent cleared his throat, “My client will sign the one year deal.”
Sit smiled as he and Payton both rose out of their seats. Durant and his agent did the same and all four of them shook hands with each other.
“Nice doing business with you,” Sit said.

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Seattle had two weeks to prepare for the NBA season. The first week was used to finalize the playing roster and organize other administration issues. Sit had been to Key Arena to check on the court being redone despite not knowing what the colors the team would adopt. He didn’t even know what the name of the team would be. He arrived at the team’s practice facility as the players were finishing another hard training session.
“Run harder!” Payton yelled at his players, “Come on, I could beat all of you right now! Put more effort into it!”
The Glove was a brutal coach and Sit knew it, This is why he is one of the best! He had no doubt that Payton would make a decent coach. As the players finished their sprints, they hit the showers. Payton saw Sit on the sideline and walked up to him.
“How are you doing?” Payton was in a joyful mood.
“Good training session?” Sit asked.
Payton nodded, “These boys better be ready for the first game. We’re on a tight schedule but they are all young and should be able to adapt quickly.”
“I just came by to tell you to have the team ready tomorrow for media day,” Sit told Payton, “After that, the team will meet the fans outside Key Arena.”
Suddenly, Payton pouted, “I thought that was going to be in a few days.”
“Well, I pushed it forward,” Sit boldly stated, “You could use your energy to focus on getting the team ready instead of worrying about other things.”
Payton wasn’t happy, “Are you saying I can’t do my job?”
“Look,” Sit began, “I just think you need to understand that you can’t do everything. Your job is to coach and my job is to manage. Let’s keep that line straight ok?”
Payton threw his towel on the ground, “No, you are saying that I am not competent. You think I’m not smart enough for this job!”
Sit looked annoyed, “I didn’t say anything like that. Perhaps you should go see a shrink if you’re feeling a little bit insecure.”
Payton cursed at Sit and then threatened him, “Don’t forget that although you are the GM, I still own part of this team. I am higher than you and I can get you fired.”
Payton turned around and stormed off the practice court. Sit shook his head, I don’t have time to deal with temper tantrums.

Kevin Durant and his teammates were shuttled across town all morning and they were finally outside Key Arena in front of their adoring fans. People of all ages were there to greet their team; many of them were dressed in Sonics’ gear. Sit was in front of the team speaking into the microphone.
“Seattle fans! We are proud to announce the new name of your team!”
The crowd cheered and had to be waited upon to quiet down.
“Please make welcome… your Seattle Stealth!”
The crowd didn’t roar with approval as Sit would have wanted. There were even a few boos and that was because he knew that ‘Sonics’ was the popular choice for the team name. However he thought to himself, At least this shows that the fans have heart. Now it’s time for the Stealth to capture them and feed off their passion and get back to the upper echelon of the NBA!
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Postby Lamrock on Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:41 pm

Seattle Steamers... not the same, but the best available name.

Excellent chapter. Payton looks like the new Harrington/Griffin here. Can't wait to see where that rivalry goes. I also liked how you dealt with the contract changing issue. Fucking archaic create-a-team feature.

Good luck with the next chapter. One suggestion: Use size 14 font rather than standard 12. You did it with A Legend Is Born 1; and me and Chaser agree that it works better. Either way, I can't wait to see where this goes. (Y)
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Postby Sit on Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:17 pm

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Seattle Appoints New Head Coach, General Manager

October 15, 2008

SEATTLE (AP) – Former Seattle player Gary Payton is now an owner of the team he helped take to the 1996 NBA Finals. But don’t forget to take note that he is also the new Head Coach of the franchise. ‘The Glove’ announced at a press conference that he would take the reigns of the team and promised that ‘opposition teams would find it very hard to score.’

The 40 year old takes over from PJ Carlesimo, who declined the franchise’s offer of a front office position. Payton announced his job in having the team back in Seattle and stated, “I’m going to bring a heck of an exciting team to watch.”

Seattle’s new General Manager was announced with 20 year old Will Sit filling up the position. The young Australian had taken a two year hiatus from professional basketball and it has seemed as if he has come back out of the blue. Sit is best known for his short stints with the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2005-06 season.

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Stealth Replace Supersonics As Seattle Renames Team

October 21, 2008

SEATTLE (AP) – Seattle’s basketball franchise has announced that it will adopt the nickname of ‘Stealth’. Stealth was chosen ahead of a list of shortlisted names which included Strike, and Shock. “Although the popular choice from the feedback of our fans was to have the team readopt the Supersonics’ name; we decided that we had to go in a new direction,” new General Manager Will Sit stated, “Thus we chose to go with a new name and we’ve chosen to go with the Stealth.”

When quizzed on why the name was chosen, Sit didn’t elaborate much, “We thought it was unique.” Stealth Head Coach Gary Payton later hinted, “It might be a good way to describe what kind of identity we want this team to have.”

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Stealth Signs Darius Miles

October 27, 2008

SEATTLE (AP) – Mercurial Forward Darius Miles has signed with the Seattle Stealth for one season after recently being waived by the Boston Celtics. The 6’9’’ small forward has had an injury plagued career that started off with much promise in his rookie season with the Los Angeles Clippers but started to go downhill as he went from the Clippers to the Cavaliers and then to the Trialblazers.

A member of the 2001 All-Rookie First Team, Miles has not become the player many thought he could be. Recently, he has been dogged by his troublesome knee and troubles off the court. Last season, Miles was waived by the Portland Trailblazers after doctors doubted whether he would ever be able to play again. Boston was impressed by Miles’ health and attitude, which led to him being signed in October.

It was unfortunate for Miles that Boston had to waive him but their loss has become Seattle’s gain. General Manager Will Sit said that the risk involved with Miles’ injury issues and the fact that he would miss the first ten games of the NBA season were all balanced against what the 27 year old may be able to bring to the team. “Darius is a player whom we believe still has the physical tools and talent to play in the NBA. His athleticism may not be as impressive as before all of the injuries but he is still an able athlete and we feel that he will also be an able NBA player for the Stealth.”

Head Coach Gary Payton could not be reached for comment but it is expected that Miles may be in with a shot at being a valuable contributor to the team. It is expected that Miles will join the team for their season opener.
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Postby Jing on Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:03 am

Not a bad name, Stealth. (Y)
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Postby Lamrock on Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:24 am

Whoa, you changed the name after my post to my endorsed one. Good to see Stealth be the choice.

Funny to see yet another dynasty with Miles. The dude's the new DaJuan Wagner.
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Postby jonthefon on Sat Oct 25, 2008 8:40 am

Are there going to be scenes on Payton trash-talking on the sidelines to opposition players, coaches and then challenging guys in practice to one-on-one games? ;)
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Postby cocobee on Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:03 am

I'm feelin that name, STEALTH...I like the DMiles pick up. Looks good, good luck..will be following.
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Postby The X on Sun Oct 26, 2008 3:59 pm

yep, Stealth was probably the best of the choices....let's see if you can get Stealth to win more than 25 games ;)
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Postby Brawn Shadley on Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:10 pm

I hope the Seattle Stealth suck monkey nuts for "the "Sonics" renaming.
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Postby Sit on Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:26 pm

Lamrock wrote:Whoa, you changed the name after my post to my endorsed one. Good to see Stealth be the choice.

Funny to see yet another dynasty with Miles. The dude's the new DaJuan Wagner.


I have my own reasons for changing the name. :P And I have always been intrigued by Miles. Since people thought he could have been a KG-clone...

jonthefon wrote:Are there going to be scenes on Payton trash-talking on the sidelines to opposition players, coaches and then challenging guys in practice to one-on-one games?


Quite possibly

coco wrote:I'm feelin that name, STEALTH...I like the DMiles pick up. Looks good, good luck..will be following.


Thanks for dropping by man! Hope you enjoy!

X wrote:yep, Stealth was probably the best of the choices....let's see if you can get Stealth to win more than 25 games


Since I'm simming a huge ammount of the season... doubtful...

shadowgrin wrote:I hope the Seattle Stealth suck monkey nuts for "the "Sonics" renaming.


We got really crappy jerseys... plain grey ones. :P Green woulda been better lol
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Seattle, Charlotte Announce Trade
Joe Smith and 2010 Second Round Pick Traded For Adam Morrison

October 27, 2008

SEATTLE (AP) – On the eve of the NBA regular season, the Seattle Stealth and Charlotte Bobcats completed a trade which will send veteran big man Joe Smith for third year forward Adam Morrison. Seattle included a second round pick for the 2010 Draft in the deal to make it go ahead.

The Bobcats had been trying all offseason to find a taker for 6’8’’ Morrison; the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The Bobcats felt that the former Gonzaga star was no longer a part of the team’s plans. The 33 year old Joe Smith is in the downside of his playing career but has still proved to be an able scorer, averaging 8 points and 5 rebounds in limited minutes last season with the Cleveland Cavillers. The season prior to that, he averaged double digit points (11.2) in 50 games for the Chicago Bulls; starting 35 games.

Charlotte felt that Sean May’s knee may provide problems for the team and had been searching for a serviceable backup as well as a team that wanted Morrison. “We believe that Joe Smith will be a quality backup to Sean May and locker room presence,” the Bobcats released in a statement, “We thank Adam Morrison for all of his efforts with the franchise and wish him all the best in the future.”

Stealth GM Will Sit stated, “I feel that Adam Morrison has not played to his potential in the NBA and we want to give him a chance to grow on our team. I feel that we will be able to accommodate for him and he would surely give us another scoring option from the perimeter.”

The Stealth open their season against Milwaukee in two days. Adam Morrison is expected to play in that game.

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Postby Brawn Shadley on Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:48 pm

You just redeemed yourself for disrespecting the "Sonics" (renaming) by getting Adam Morrison.
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Postby Lamrock on Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:21 pm

Adam Morrison is the white Antoine Walker as you'll soon find out, but it is a very low risk trade so its a solid deal. (Y)
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Postby Brawn Shadley on Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:32 pm

You're just jealous of Adam's manly moustache.
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Postby Clutch on Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:53 pm

brrrrr... dig your writing style but so far your choices - Miles, 'Stealth' and now the 'Stache - make me cringe :|

at least i'm starting to get the thematic team name; that said i'd suggest signing free agents J.R. Rider and Harold Miner immediately :P
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Postby The X on Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:33 pm

I like the deal (Y)
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Postby Sit on Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:51 am

Took me a while to see the 2K subforums :lol: gosh I must be blind!

Shadowgrin wrote:The 'tache will bring you victory!


Touche good sir. :)

Lamrock wrote:Adam Morrison is the white Antoine Walker as you'll soon find out, but it is a very low risk trade so its a solid deal


I thought it was awesome deal lol. But yeah, originally the cpu wanted a 2009 pick but I changed it to 2010 second round and they accepted... i love NBA 2k9 lol :)

Clutch wrote:brrrrr... dig your writing style but so far your choices - Miles, 'Stealth' and now the 'Stache - make me cringe


Hows it make you cringe?

X wrote:I like the deal


Thanks X. :) Morrison will be awesome. :) I remember him from your dynasty a while back...
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Postby homicide1550 on Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:46 pm

It was a long read but it was definitely a good one... I like the new team name Seattle Stealth! I also like your acquisition of Miles and Morrison, they can really help your team... Ill be following.. (Y)
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