Crazy for its Oklahoma City Thunder, that is.
And if for some reason you’ve been out of town — say, on another planet — and haven’t seen or heard about it, there’s a real love between the city and the team. That can make for a very successful marriage.
Oklahoma City went wild for this team before it even knew for sure it would be here. The city was hoping that the support it showed for the hurricane-displaced New Orleans Hornets would translate to a permanent home for a team. There was some disappointment when the Hornets eventually returned to New Orleans, but there was a feeling that the effort to get a team here would be successful.
Even before the negotiations between Clay Bennett and the Seattle SuperSonics ownership got serious, Oklahoma City knew it was a good fit.
Even before the sale, before the NBA approved the move, before the team had a name, it was forming a relationship.
In fact, if you will remember, fans got in on the naming. They welcomed this team with open arms — and pocketbooks, buying up seats and other team-related items.
They filled those seats as a young team stepped onto the court for the first time and continued to do so as the Thunder gained maturity and began its drive to the upper level of the league.
In a short time, the Thunder has made a mark in this prestigious professional league. Let’s hope that will continue for many years to come.
The city has shown it can, does and will support bigtime sports. See for yourself what it means to those in the Thunder organization to have that kind of support. Go to http://knowit.newsok/kevin-durant and read, watch and hear what the players say.
This is the kind of crazy that can benefit all of us.