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Sports Last Updated: Nov 15th, 2005 - 10:10:05

Sonics to Hoist Division Championship Banner Wednesday Night
By Jon Brooks
Oct 26, 2005, 22:46

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With the Northwest Division Championship banner being hoisted to the rafters at Key Arena this week, the Seattle Supersonics will initiate their 2005-2006 season against the Los Angeles Clippers. After having another mediocre pre-season in which new doubts have been cast and questions at center the Sonics still appear confident in their ability to bring the franchise forward and take another step towards their ultimate goal, a National Basketball Association championship.
After three weeks of scrimmages, player appearances, media questions, and gelling back into a cohesive unit, the Sonics seem primed once again. Like last year, much has been made of their pre season and the Sonics hope to turn the naysayers back into believers with another run at the beginning of the season. Head Coach Bob Weiss has trimmed down his lineup and has spent the last week looking at the most productive player combinations.
Weiss has one uncertainty as he approaches his inaugural year as Sonics Head Coach. Centers Mikki Moore and Vitaly Potapenko are both nursing pre season injuries which leaves Weiss with two inexperienced options at center. Robert Swift in his second year has progressed but his timing, strength, and efficiency out on the court remains to have been challenged in a big game setting. His counterpart, another controversial draft pick, Johan Petro, has brought his game along nicely, but it is not known if the game he played I France will help him develop into a productive NBA starter.
Weiss has also proclaimed that much more responsibility will fall on second year pro, Luke Ridnour. Ridnour who proved his durability and productiveness last year as a starter, will be called upon to run the point late into the game. He will be closing with the same intensity that Weiss expects him to open with, as Weiss’s offense revolves around his players running the floor and an open offense. Fortunately the Sonics are built for that type of intensity. When the Sonics take the floor Wednesday night they will immediately provide answers to any doubts or questions referring to their status in the NBA this season.

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