Welcome to Oklahoma City, gentlemen.
Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson were traded from the Boston Celtics to the Oklahoma City Thunder last week. Nazr
For you three, I know settling into a new town is tough. I first came here six years ago, so I'd like to share some things I've learned about the Crossroads of America.
First of all, Oklahoma City is a great place for professional basketball players. Oklahoma City is 12½ times more spread out than Boston and 2½ times more spread out than Charlotte. There are fewer people, too, so there's plenty of room to stretch out those big, long legs you guys have. I'm
Second of all, we're not all cowboys on the prairie. It's not like buffalo are roaming around in our backyards. Only some of us have buffalo.
But honestly, we do have tumbleweeds. I saw one bounce across Interstate 44 one time. I felt so sad because I knew I could never again say, “It's not like Oklahoma City has tumbleweeds blowing all over the place.” Now I have to say, “It's not like Oklahoma City has a lot of tumbleweeds blowing all over the place.”
Tumbleweeds aside, we don't all ride horses to work, though many of us wish we could. It's just not a good idea logistically with all the construction downtown.
Third, Oklahoma City isn't all that different from your former towns.
They have Revere; we have reverends. They had a tea party; we have the Tea Party. They have Harvard; we've seen “Good Will Hunting.”
They have the Billy Graham Library; we have the Billy Graham Fan Club. They have the NASCAR Hall of Fame; we have NASCAR specialty plates. They have the Bobcats; we shoot bobcats.
See? We're all the same deep down.
So, gentlemen, now that you're here, you might as well spend some time looking around. Here are some key places to go:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage
Oklahoma City Museum of Art. It's stuffed full of really breakable things, like 3,000 pieces of Dale Chihuly glass. On second thought, maybe it's best you don't go there. It's not a good place for playing basketball.
World of Wings Pigeon Center. I'd like to see you find a pigeon museum in Boston or Charlotte. You guys probably have lots of pigeons, but has anyone thought of creating a
Regardless of pigeons and tumbleweeds, I'm happy you three are here. I hope you'll fall in love with Oklahoma City like I have.