A first for the Thunder: boos

By John Rohde Modified: November 20, 2008 at 9:35 am •  Published: November 20, 2008
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photo - Chris Wilcox of the  Thunder expresses his frustration for a foul not being called with official James Capers in the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City  Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City Wednesday. Photo by Nate Billings
Chris Wilcox of the Thunder expresses his frustration for a foul not being called with official James Capers in the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City Wednesday. Photo by Nate Billings

/> Then the Clippers found their rhythm.

Doesn’t everyone against the Thunder?

The Thunder knows pain and suffering, but the Clippers perfected it.

It was 1978 when the Buffalo Braves became the San Diego Clippers.

Since then, there has been no more feeble franchise in the NBA.

Four playoff appearances in 30 years, with three first-round exits.

Five times the Clippers have finished in the teens for total victories in a season.

One time, they didn’t even get to the teens (12-70 in 1986-87).

Another time, they failed to reach double-digits (9-41 in the strike-shortened 1998-99 season).

The Thunder has a long ways to go to catch the Clippers.

Former Oklahoma State standout Desmond Mason was with the Hornets during their stay in Oklahoma City and has said the best thing about playing ball here is you don’t get booed, no matter how tough the going gets.

All that ended Wednesday.

"I think the fans were a little upset we kept turning the ball over," said Mason, who was in street clothes due to a sprained right elbow.

The booing was short-lived, however.

When the Thunder walked toward their locker room after the game, they were showered with a smattering of applause from fans waiting at the tunnel.

"Even after a game like that, they told us to keep our heads up, to keep playing," Mason said. "You don’t get that kind of treatment very often."

True, but for how much longer?

John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 9-11 a.m. on New JOX 930 (AM).



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