What Makes OKC so Thunderous?
Let's talk about the faint screech of a sneaker meeting hardwood, of rattling rims, of spirited banter. Let's talk about the unofficial drumbeat of a ball pounding the floor and the synchronized inhale of a crowd of thousands as the last shot is made. Let's talk about the incredible athleticism that is shown off to millions almost every night for nearly six months. Let's talk about Thunder basketball.
I love Thunder basketball and there is something about the "Big Blue" that sets it apart from any other team in the NBA. No, we have no championship and we are just now forming a championship worthy team. No, we don't have a legacy of catalyst players or a logo that screams, "I'm a cool kid." What the Thunder does have, though, is a city whose culture is built on hard-work, loyalty, and kindness.
Kindness? That's not an attribute one might think is important in building an NBA team. Normally I would agree. But recently I have been shown that kindness goes a long way. “The people are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met in the world,” said Steve Adams, starting his fifth season with the Thunder. “When I first moved to my house after I got drafted, my neighbor was just making me loaves of bread. So I didn’t know what to do. I mean, obviously, you eat it, but I just like kept it, I had all these loaves of bread. And she just made them for me, which was really nice.”
Hard-work. Loyalty. Kindness. This is the culture of Oklahoma City. This evening our team tips off and we have floor seats to history unfolding. We get to see the culture of Oklahoma City surround our boys on the court and the culture of Oklahoma City embody each and every one of them. Tonight. When Rumble commences the clap of the mob with his drum and the music blares the traditional hype melody. Tonight, from when the ball is first tossed up to the final buzzer; from the "MVP" chants to the standing ovations of #0. Tonight it begins again; tonight is Thunder basketball.
What are you looking forward to most about Thunder basketball starting back up?
"Living in OKC! The best part about the start of the Thunder season is cheering with the city for YOUR team. There is a connection you feel with the team, and the city, when you know your team is giving their all on the court to represent OKC. Plus, MVP Russell Westbrook is the best show on earth." - Lex Moore (Edmond, Oklahoma).
"A much needed catharsis every two to three nights in the midst of too much philosophical, ethical, and theological reading and writing. My school work is about to take a hit. But I've explained as I best as I can to Yale that part of the deal of me being here is that OKC Thunder basketball comes first." - Elijah Weaver (New Haven, Connecticut).
"It means I get to see more Steve Adams!" - Brooke Looper (Norman, Oklahoma).
"This offseason, the Thunder proved that they aren’t going to be defined by Kevin Durant’s departure. No matter the eventual outcome, this season is going to be a celebration, because we were reminded that the future is just as bright as the past." - Brady Ross (Waco, Texas).
"Russ might break a few more records" - Michael Garland (Norman, Oklahoma).
"Stay healthy and we are gonna be scary! Excited for Patrick Patterson to get back. Think he's gonna be a much bigger piece than we thin." - Matt McClain (Yukon, Oklahoma).
"I’m excited for the “culture” of thunder to be back in full force. People are pretty excited for the season and the players this go-around." - Darian Minzenmayer (Norman, Oklahoma).