Thunder storming on Luke's broken heartJune 7, 2012 @ 9:48 am (Updated: 10:53 am - 6/7/12 )
Oklahoma City Thunder star (and former Sonic) Kevin Durant hoists the NBA Western Conference championship trophy (AP image)
The steady downpour outside the 97.3 KIRO studios is almost matched by a torrent of tears inside, where lifelong Seattle Supersonics lover Luke Burbank is drowning in the sorrow of seeing his former team heading to the NBA finals as the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"It's like seeing someone that you used to date who's gotten really fit and gotten their hair done and they look super hot but they're dating someone else," Luke laments.
"But wouldn't you wish the best for them?" counters co- host Dave Ross.
That's asking a bit much for a guy who grew up watching or listening to every Sonics game since he was a kid, suffering through years of mediocrity punctuated by magic moments like the 1979 NBA championship and a return trip to the finals in the glory years of Sean Kemp, Gary Payton and Detlef Schrempf in 1996.
And much like a jilted lover, Luke can't let it go.
"It's like you go into a really nice fancy restaurant and you look across and you see that girl that you used to be with. And now she's lost the weight, she looks amazing, she's tan, she looks amazing. She's on a date though with a hot guy and midway through the meal he gets down on one knee and proposes. And she says yes and she's crying and they hug. They're having a great moment, and you're waiting for a refill on your breadsticks feeling completely bereft. That is the feeling I have this morning," Luke says.
As for Dave, the solution is simple.
"You have forgotten that there are lots of good fish in the sea. There's some other girl who lost the weight without having to try so hard, who's just waiting for you," says Dave in a half-hearted effort to console his forlorn co-host.
Suffice it to say it's not much comfort.
"If and when we do finally get a team we're going to get a reclamation project. We are going to get whatever the worst team in the NBA is because that's why whatever city is giving them up is giving them up," Luke complains.
But he admits there is some solace knowing whether the new team stinks or not, at least he'll have a new love. Maybe they can double date with that old flame who moved to Oklahoma?
-Josh Kerns/My Northwest.com
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