Sonics hot wheels
The Sonics' parking lot has seen it all in terms of flashy rides — plus some not-so-flashy, like former center Jim McIlvaine's GM Saturn. A look at this season's Sonics parking lot:
Most rides — Center Jerome James has seven — in Seattle.
Sweetest ride — Guard Damien Wilkins' cream-colored Chrysler 300 with a HEMI engine, tinted windows and upgraded rims turns heads, and its base cost is just $24,000.
Flashiest ride — James' shiny silver Hummer H2 with 22-inch rims featuring his own specialty No. 13 design, black Alligator and suede interior, four TV sets and a monitor in the rear-view mirror. Toss in the sound system that can be heard three blocks away and it's valued at $160,000.
Most unique — Forward Rashard Lewis' GM Yukon Denali has a charcoal bowling ball exterior and is wrapped in a Louis Vuitton leather interior with "Sweet Lew" on the headrests.
Best beat — Rookie Robert Swift's $13,000 sound system amazingly tops anything James has. The JL Audio system has 3,300-watt amplifiers, which flicker a colorful neon light show.
Most elegant — Forward Vladimir Radmanovic's silver, two-door Mercedes-Benz.
Must-have cruising CD — It's a tie among the players between any Jay-Z album and T.I.'s "Urban Legend."
Best use of technology — Guard Ray Allen's Range Rover is fresh off the showroom floor complete with a small satellite dish on top for reception on his television screens.
McIlvaine award — Guard Luke Ridnour used to sport a convertible Mercedes-Benz on loan from a local dealership, but he had to return it. He owns a 1976 Toyota pickup that's spray-painted white, but that's home in Blaine. In Seattle he's just borrowing a friend's car.
The Ridnour award — If Ridnour had a ride, he says it would be James' old school Impala with the candy root beer paint job, hydraulics, booming system, two-tone leather seats and most of the original structure.
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