Barry Switzer sat down in first class on a flight to Los Angeles in September, and the woman across the aisle was adorned in Oklahoma City Thunder apparel. “Mama, you bought all the store,” Switzer told her. She had a good reason. Her son plays for the Thunder. Kevin Durant’s mother, Wanda Pratt, was Switzer’s flightmate, which explains how the Oklahoma football coaching legend came to sit courtside Wednesday night with the mother of OKC’s newest superstar. Pratt told Switzer she didn’t know a soul in Oklahoma City and asked if he would go to a game with her. He gave Pratt his card, and she called over the weekend, asking if Switzer wanted to attend the opener. “I think it’s great,” Switzer said of the NBA in Oklahoma City. “I hope we appreciate what (Thunder chairman) Clay Bennett did for us. Anyone that comes outside the state can see what sports means to the state of Oklahoma.” On the historic night at the Ford Center, other celebrities included: * PGA Tour golfer Scott Verplank, who lives in Edmond. “I think it’s pretty cool,” Verplank said. “When I was in college and high school (in Dallas), the Mavericks started in Dallas. It reminds me a lot of that. Lots of people here, it’s loud. Give ’em a couple of years, and they’re gonna be good.” * Former NFL and OU halfback Joe Washington, now an administrator in the Sooner athletic department: “Back in my day, you would never have imagined anything like this would be in the stars. Oklahoma City is a great city.” * Singer/songwriter Graham Colton, who performed the national anthem and at halftime. “This is really special for me, being born and raised here,” said Colton, the high school quarterback for Wes Welker at Heritage Hall. “I was very honored. Last time I played here (the Ford Center), I played with John Mellencamp. Two sold-out houses, that’s pretty good.” * Gov. Brad Henry, who sat on the baseline with his wife and two youngest daughters. “This is fabulous,” Henry said. “This is a great thing for Oklahoma. The whole state. Tonight’s event is a bi-partisan event. Democrats and Republicans sitting next to each other, cheering for someone.” * Seattle attorney Brad Keller, whose courtroom theatrics helped Bennett win a settlement to get out of his KeyArena lease and move the franchise to OKC. “It’s great to be here,” Keller said. “Fantastic. So much fun to see the excitement. Everyone turned it up a few notches. We’ll be back next year. I want to see (the Ford Center) after it’s remodeled.” * Olympic gold medalist Bart Conner. * OU basketball coaches Jeff Capel and Sherri Coale. * Athletic directors Mike Holder (Oklahoma State) and Joe Castiglione (OU). * OSU president Burns Hargis.