Bennett and the PBC "purchased" the "property" from Howard Schultz and received "permission" from the NBA Board of Governors to move the team to Oklahoma. He didn't go behind anyone's back, he stated when the team was purchased that they had one year to consummate a deal for a new arena. He did not "forcibly" move the team to OKC; the NBA Relocation Committee recommended that they allow the team to move and the owners voted on the issue near-unanimously (minus Seattleite Paul Allen and Mark Cuban, who had a regional stronghold on the Oklahoma fan base). Does the situation suck for Sonic fans? Yes. Was the team "stolen"? Heck no.
Originally Posted by Zorgon
"I'm OKC til they don't want me no more. You know what I'm sayin'? I wanna be here for the rest of my career. Point blank." -- Kevin Durant