After the Seattle SuperSonics ceased to exist (regardless of what Oklahoma City says, they're dead, they don't exist), I stopped watching the NBA for a while. I came back during this year's playoff run and have in general enjoyed watching the game again, but seeing Rashard Lewis light it up for the Orlando Magic has been a little tough.
Bill Simmons’ long time editor and Seattle native Kevin Jackson summed up my feelings on Lewis;
“It has been painful for me to even look at Rashard Lewis during the '09 playoffs. Not only is Rashard finally playing like the versatile swingman every Seattle fan envisioned when we mercifully plucked him out of the green room as a tearful teenager in 1998 (and not the unemotional second coming of Derrick McKey), he has turned into a walking symbol of Seattle's lack of a basketball existence. The decision to send Rashard to Orlando was the beginning of the deplorable fire sale that allowed Bennett and Co. to move the team in the first place. (Ray Allen played the same role for us in the '08 Finals, but we were at least happy to see Ray finally win a title.) With Rashard, it's a case of a guy finally doing for one team what he could never do for our team with the added wrinkle that our team no longer exists. And this without even mentioning Rashard's no-show in Seattle's spirited 2005 playoff run, including that mysterious sprained toe. I will now have Bill light me on fire.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself…