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First Lineup for a Gone-Away Hoops Team

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Sports & Recreation

The team formerly known as the Sonics hasn’t played in Seattle since 2008 (and due to the current NBA lockout — they’re not playing anywhere at the moment!), but for 41 years, the Seattle SuperSonics were the state’s premiere basketball team, winning a world championship, three conference titles, and six division titles.

But before all that history — and before the team itself was history — there was a first game for the franchise.  Forty-four years ago today Seattle’s first and only NBA team took to the court in San Francisco’s Cow Palace and began the Northwest’s permanent involvement in major league sports.  The SuperSonics lost to the San Francisco Warriors 144 to 116.  Tucked away in the box score were some good performances by guard Walt Hazard (who would lead the team in scoring its first season) and forward Tom Meschery.  Despite the loss, they were the game’s top scorers on either team.

In honor of that inaugural game, today we list the first NBA lineup hailing from Seattle.

THE FIRST LINEUP OF THE SEATTLE SUPERSONICS, OCT. 13, 1967

Player Total Points Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists
Walt Hazard, g 30 13-24 4-8 6 5
Tom Meschery, f 26 10-21 6-6 11 4
Bob Rule, c 13 6-15 1-1 9 3
Al Tucker 10 5-10 0-3 6 0
Tommy Kron 10 8-9 4-5 3 2
Rod Thorn, g 8 4-7 0-0 4 0
Bob Weiss 8  4-10 0-0 4 7
George Wilson 3 1-5 1-1 1 1
Henry Akin 2 1-5 0-0 0 0
Plummer Lott 2 1-5 0-0 2 1
Dorie Murrey 2 1-4 0-1 6 0
Bud Olsen, f 2 1-3 0-0 5 1
TOTAL 116 50-118 16-25 63 24

NOTE: The Sonics franchise is now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder.  For what its worth, I think it’s ironic both names (sonic and thunder) have audio origins and that such a franchise began near the (Puget) Sound.  Means nothing, of course.  It’s just a thought.

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