Detlef Schrempf was a staple of the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1990s. He played for Seattle from 1993 to 1999, was a three-time All-Star and helped the franchise to 64 wins and an NBA Finals appearance in 1996.

Unfortunately for Seattle, the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008, leaving a void that still hasn’t been filled.

“I think we had the best fans in the world,” Schrempf said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “People always talk about the Seahawks’ 12s now. Those were our sixth man. We were sold out every game. It was the loudest arena in the NBA. It was a great fan base. It’s tough because I had my kids at the games all the time. They grew up with that environment. And now the parents, they don’t have an NBA team to root for. They can’t take their boys to the game. For a big city, it’s sad.”

Schrempf, who retired after the 2001 season, doesn’t watch a lot of NBA basketball these days.

“I don’t watch a lot of teams,” the 53-year-old said. “I watch a few teams. I enjoy good basketball, so I watch the Warriors. They’re entertaining, but they also play the right way. They share the ball. I love watching San Antonio. There are a lot of teams I don’t watch. I just hate somebody dribbling the ball for 20 seconds and making one pass and a shot. I don’t like that kind of style. I like the ball moving and people passing the ball around. It’s a different game now. It’s a lot of pick-and-rolls and penetration and shooting threes. I came from a time where there were some big boys down there. You were grinding it out. You had Shaquille (O’Neal) and Patrick Ewing – a lot of big dudes that were down there and muscling it up. It was a different game.”


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