SEATTLE -- Russell Wilson's love of the Seattle SuperSonics can be traced back to one word.


The Seahawks quarterback, who just joined the group attempting to build an arena in SoDo to bring the NBA and NHL back to Seattle, said he became a Sonics fan as a kid playing the classic game NBA Jam.

"When I was about eight or nine years old, my older brother, Harry, and I would battle in NBA Jam on the Super Nintendo in our bedroom almost every day," Wilson wrote in The Players' Tribune Tuesday. "He’d usually pick the Chicago Bulls (Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant), and I’d usually pick the Seattle SuperSonics."

Wilson said between the game, SportsCenter, and NBA Inside Stuff, he became a Sonics fan.

"I loved their name. I loved their colors. I loved Kemp and Payton, and then in later years, I loved watching Ray Allen swish corner threes with that perfect form," wrote Wilson.

But Wilson says his assistance to bring the NBA and NHL back is about more than being a Sonics fan.

"We live in divisive times, and sports have a way of bringing people closer together. They allow us all — children and adults — to use our imaginations and dream. I want kids in Seattle to grow up dreaming of playing basketball or hockey for their hometown team," wrote Wilson.