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News » Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-08-08

Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-08-08

Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-08-08
Fans in Oklahoma City will get the first glimpse of their new professional basketball team on Oct. 29.

The NBA announced its 2008-09 schedule this week, and Oklahoma City opens its inaugural season at home against the Milwaukee Bucks, then hits the road for a single game at Houston on Nov. 1 before returning home to face Minnesota the next day and the defending-champion Boston Celtics on Nov. 5.

Other highlights on the season schedule include a back-to-back series with the New Orleans Hornets, whom the city hosted for two seasons when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. Oklahoma City will host the Hornets in the team's only nationally televised game on Nov. 21, then travel to New Orleans to face the Hornets the next day.

Oklahoma City also plays New Orleans later in the season on Feb. 17 at home in the Ford Center.

Kevin Durant and Greg Oden, the top two picks in last year's draft, will finally have their much-anticipated match-up on Feb. 6 in Oklahoma City. The two players will face off again five days later on Feb. 11 in Portland. Expect some folks from Seattle to make the two-hour drive south to see their former team play.

Durant and fellow Washington, D.C. native Jeff Green will play in their hometown on December 27.

Rookie Russell Westbrook will return home to play in his native Los Angeles for the first time during the season on Jan. 23 at the Staples Center against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Last season, the team had eight nationally televised games with Durant playing in his rookie campaign. However, after finishing a franchise-low 20-62 last season, it's no surprise Oklahoma City isn't playing many games in prime time this season.

However, even-keeled general manager Sam Presti remains focused on his rebuilding project, and plans on returning the franchise to a winner.

"Clearly, we have a vision for the team," Presti told the Tulsa World. "We have to make good decisions every day. Every day in the NBA, (teams make decisions that) can affect the future of your franchise.

"We have to be consistent with how we make our decisions. I wouldn't necessarily put a timeline on it, in 'x' amount of years, we are going to be here. Our focus is just getting better every day and finding a way to improve every day."

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