Monday , Oct , 13 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Gary Payton: The League will Be Back in Seattle by 2011

Former Sonics star Gary Payton believes the NBA will return to Seattle within three years, and he doesn’t plan to let his former franchise, now the Oklahoma City Thunder, retire his number.

"I think I made that clear, I didn’t play in Oklahoma, so it wouldn’t be anything that I’m looking forward to because I didn’t play for the Oklahoma Thunder," he said at the Seahawks game on Sunday, where he raised the 12th Man flag. "I don’t think that Oklahoma should get the benefits of seeing me raise my number. I think these people here are the people who have seen me and made me who I am."