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  • Karl Won’t Rest Players

    Sonics coach George Karl said even if the Sonics clinch the Pacific Division, he will not tinker with his lineups and reduce playing time for anybody to rest them for …


  • Mcmillan’s Comeback May Give Seattle A Lift

    It’s somewhat frightening, and perhaps a little presumptuous, to think that the 39-12 Seattle SuperSonics can actually get exponentially better. But, as popular veteran Nate McMillan returns to the court …


  • Walker Says Sonics Have That Special Look Of A Champion

    Seattle SuperSonics general manager Wally Walker, who has come along on this trip East, said the current version of the Sonics reminds him of a team he once played on. …


  • Supersonics’ Record Places Them In Same Class As Bulls

    Besides everything else surrounding the Seattle SuperSonics’ game with the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night, it served as a tiebreaker, of sorts. Since 1992, Sonics coach George Karl was informed, …


  • Sonics May Soon Search For Rebounder

    With the Seattle SuperSonics ranking last in the league in rebounding, there is the possibility that they may try to trade for some rebounding help before the Feb. 19 trading …


  • Williams Hopeful For Friday’s Game

    Seattle SuperSonics backup center Aaron Williams tried to play Tuesday night against Minnesota, but after three minutes he realized the sore back he suffered in Milwaukee on Sunday was too …


  • Sonics ‘Own’ The T-Wolves

    The Seattle SuperSonics can break an NBA record tonight when they play the Minnesota Timberwolves. If Seattle wins, it will be the 26th consecutive time the Sonics have beaten the …


  • Players Want Karl To Be Quiet

    Seattle coach George Karl said before the season he thought the Sonics should set a 10-victory goal for November. The Sonics won 13. Gary Payton said he thinks Karl should …


  • Cotton Reinjures Bad Knee

    Seattle SuperSonics rookie James Cotton, who went through his first workout of the regular season Wednesday, slightly reinjured his sprained right knee during warmups Friday night. Earlier in the day, …


  • Baker, Baker, He’s Our Man

    Welcome to Seattle, Vin. If SuperSonics forward felt as if he had not quite made his mark yet, he certainly did Tuesday night.


  • Sonics Not Looking Past Tarnished Nuggets

    After beating the San Antonio Spurs 94-74 Friday night, the Seattle SuperSonics turn around tonight to face the Denver Nuggets, who many people are calling the worst team in the …


  • Ackerley May Join Group That’s Trying To Buy Marlins

    Seattle SuperSonics owner Barry Ackerley may join the group trying to buy the Florida Marlins, and he met Thursday with team president Don Smiley, according to a source with the …


  • Payton Won’t Give It A Rest

    Seattle coach George Karl said in the preseason that he would like to cut back on the minutes of point guard Gary Payton, who has averaged 38.3 minutes a game …


  • Sonics’ Mcilvaine Prepares For Monday’s Big Addition To His Home Team

    It’s countdown time for Seattle SuperSonics center Jim McIlvaine. McIlvaine and his wife, Kim, are going to induce the birth of their son on Monday, which will give McIlvaine the …


  • Sonics Admit The Fault Lies In Their Rebounding

    There really is no excuse. Seattle SuperSonics coach George Karl knows it. The players know it. And the fans watching certainly recognize it.


  • Karl Doesn’t Get Chance To Speak Mind

    Seattle SuperSonics coach George Karl said he did not speak with the league’s top officials about his concerns about Sunday’s game in Philadelphia because the Board of Governors meeting in …


  • Barkley Offers Own Bar-Bash Story

    The Chuckster says there are a few discrepancies with what reportedly happened in that bar in Orlando, where he had a physical confrontation with a 20-year-old man. What was reported …


  • Sonics Pay For Oversight

    Mario Elie is used to being overlooked. At Power Memorial High in New York, the alma mater of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elie led his junior-varsity team to a 25-0 record as …


  • Life On Road No Problem For Sonics

    At the moment, nobody is comparing this version of the Seattle SuperSonics to the team that went to the NBA Finals last year. But with Thursday’s 108-104 victory at Denver, …


  • Mcmillan Says He Will Play On Bad Knee

    SuperSonics guard Nate McMillan said Thursday night that he has a partial tear of the meniscus ligament in his right knee and will be day-to-day the rest of the season. …


  • Rodman Will Miss Game In Seattle

    There wasn’t a whole lot of sympathy to be found in the Seattle SuperSonics locker room for Dennis Rodman, the Chicago Bulls star who was suspended for at least 11 …


  • Manning’s Just Happy To Be Here

    Rich Manning is still hanging on, and that’s all that matters right now, even though he’s playing for the team with the worst record in the NBA. “I have to …


  • Wingate Does Job When He’s Called

    The biggest positive to come out of the Seattle SuperSonics’ 99-91 loss to the Rockets on Tuesday night was the play of seldom-used guard David Wingate off the bench. The …


  • Sonics To Test Kidd-Less Mavericks Tonight

    George Karl called the trade of Jason Kidd by the Dallas Mavericks to the Phoenix Suns “interesting.” Eric Snow said “he had a lot of questions” about it.


  • Scheffler Loses Chance For Some Playing Time

    Steve Scheffler watched the Seattle SuperSonics lose to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, with Jim McIlvaine and Shawn Kemp fouling out in the final 5 minutes, and pondered his …


  • Sonics Seem Well On Road To Recovery

    The illness that gripped almost every member of the Seattle SuperSonics traveling party at some point during the team’s recently completed six-game, nine-day trip east appears to be fading. Only …


  • Nothing Personal, But Mcilvaine Sits

    In the Sonics’ largest victory of the season Friday against the Celtics, Seattle starting center Jim McIlvaine played the fewest minutes of anybody in uniform for either team - five. …


  • Mcilvaine Enjoys Winning Return

    A subplot to the 115-110 double-overtime win Wednesday by the Sonics over the host Washington Bullets was the return of center Jim McIlvaine to the arena where he spent his …


  • Spencer’s Future Rests On Practice

    The Seattle SuperSonics’ slow start and tough November schedule are making it hard for coach George Karl to find any playing time for center Elmore Spencer, who will be paid …


  • Karl Guarding Against Early-Season Burnout

    George Karl has taught the Seattle SuperSonics to play an oppressive defense. They reached the NBA Finals by playing with an almost frantic intensity. And now, he’s trying to teach …