SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The owners may be new and old faces may be
leaving but Nick Collison says the SuperSonics will be fine if
players just keep taking care of business.
The Seattle forward did his part Thursday night, scoring 19
points to help the Sonics beat the Golden State Warriors 111-107 in
The victory helped Seattle (4-4) finish up the exhibition season
with three consecutive wins.
The game came just hours after Sonics' team president Wally
Walker announced that he will resign when the franchise's sale to
the Professional Basketball Club LLC is completed on Tuesday.
Walker has served as team president and CEO since 2001.
The sale of the Sonics and the WNBA Storm to Oklahoma City
businessman Clay Bennett's group was approved by the NBA Board of
Governors on Tuesday. Bennett has stated the future of the
franchise in Seattle will depend on the group's ability to develop
a replacement for the current KeyArena. Bennett's preference is to
develop a new arena complex, either in Seattle or one of the
"We really can't be concerned" about the possibility of the
team leaving, Collison said. "When you agree to play in the NBA,
you know you don't have control over where you're going to live."
"I believe the new ownership is committed to finding a solution
in Seattle," Walker said after the game.
He watched from courtside as the Sonics nursed small leads most
of the game, leading 39-35 at the half. The score was tied at 86
after three quarters and 98-98 at the end of regulation.
Petro's hook shot snapped a 107-107 tie with a minute left in
"I thought we really played well tonight," Golden State coach
Don Nelson said. "I thought everyone gave a great effort."
The Warriors lost guard Anthony Roberson with a sprained ankle
late in the second quarter.
Nelson said there's a good chance Golden State star Jason
Richardson will play in the season opener next Wednesday against
the Los Angeles Lakers. Richardson, who led the Warriors with 23.2
points per game last season, missed the entire preseason while
recovering from knee surgery.
Seattle coach Bob Hill said he expects starting center Robert
Swift to miss the Sonics' season opener next Wednesday against
Portland, but declined to speculate further on the extent of
Swift's knee injury. Swift was injured in Wednesday's win over