Aug. 1, 2006
- The Seattle SuperSonics will tip off their 40th anniversary season at KeyArena on Wednesday, Nov. 1 when they host rookie Brandon Roy
, Head Coach Nate McMillan
and the Portland Trail Blazers. The Sonics will then face Kobe Bryant
and the Los Angeles Lakers in a road-and-home series Nov. 3 and Nov. 5. The Sonics’ 40th Anniversary All-Time Team will be honored during a halftime ceremony of the Seattle vs. L.A. game Nov. 5. The Sonics All-Time Team will be determined by fans in an online vote at SUPERSONICS.COM prior to the season.
This year’s Sonics home schedule will be highlighted by the only visit of the season by Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade and the defending NBA champion Miami Heat on Jan. 10. The Sonics will also host LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers the following week on Jan. 16. The defending Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks will appear in Seattle on Dec. 20 and again on April 18 for the Sonics’ final game of the 2006-07 regular season.
Seattle will host a season-long, seven-game home stand Jan. 10-28, and will make two five-game road trips, Nov. 7-13 and Dec. 12-18. For the second consecutive season the Sonics will host a New Year’s Eve game, taking on the Boston Celtics Dec. 31.
The Sonics are scheduled to appear on national television eight times during the 2006-07 NBA season - three times on ESPN, twice on TNT and three times on NBA TV.
The Sonics local television schedule with broadcast partner FSN Northwest featuring the broadcast team of Kevin Calabro, who is entering his 20th year as the “Voice of the Sonics,” Sonics legend Lenny Wilkens and sideline reporter Brian Davis - will be released later this month. Again this season, FSN Northwest will televise more than 70 Sonics games with “FSN Live” airing before and after each game. “Sonics All Access” and other Sonics
programming will also air throughout the season.
New Sonics radio broadcast partner 770 AM KTTH will air all 82 regular-season games. David Locke, just the fourth “Voice of the Sonics” in the club’s 40-year history, will handle the play-by-play duties.