While he may be one of, if not the most successful head coach in the NBA today, Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors has an unwavering love for the sport of basketball and everything it represents, above everything else. This is why the 53-year-old spoke fondly of Seattle when asked about how he felt about about the city losing its basketball team nearly a decade ago.

Prior to the establishment of the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2009, they were the Seattle SuperSonics. In fact, it was the Sonics who drafted Kevin Durant second overall in the 2007 Draft. The two-time champion would spend only a single year in Seattle before the entire franchise moved to OKC.

Kerr’s Warriors are slated to play a pre-season game in Seattle on Oct. 5, and when asked about his thoughts on the city, the former Coach of the Year winner was brutally honest with how he felt about Seattle losing the Sonics.

“It’s a real shame — just the fact that the Sonics don’t exist,” he said via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports. “I think it was a real black mark on the NBA. And I’m hoping that the Sonics will be back at some point in the near future.”

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Kerr went on to compare the now-defunct SuperSonics to the present day Warriors.

“The Sonics to me were a lot like the Warriors here in the Bay — really cool brand, good history and tradition, great colors and an unbelievable fan fase,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after practice Tuesday. “I played there in the Finals in ’96 with the Bulls. It’s a basketball town.”

Seattle was/is indeed a basketball town. Hopefully, the city gets a crack at returning to the NBA in the very near future.