NBA Notes: Fans banter on Internet over Sonics

SEATTLE -- Updating the popular pastime of swapping "yo' mama" jokes, Seattle and Oklahoma City message-board fiends are in a heated battle.

As in, "Your state is full of so many hooligan businessmen you should call yo' NBA basketball team the 'Oklahoma Outlaws,' " says Erich, one poster on

Or: "When all is said and done, the Sonics will be in Seattle, and the OKC team will be the Could-Have-Beens or the Should-Have-Beens," James pipes in.

Sonics chairman Clay Bennett said he intends to relocate his organization to his native state next season, though he must first get out of the KeyArena lease before it expires in 2010. That prompted NBA Commissioner David Stern to add that if Seattle loses its 41-year-old franchise, "There's not going to be another team there, not in any conceivable future plan that I could envision, and that would be too bad."

Oklahomans are gleefully researching the possibilities. Should it be "Thunderbirds" or "Roughnecks?"

ANKLE SIDELINES CARTER -- Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets will be sidelined indefinitely because of a sprained right ankle. There is no timetable for Carter's return.