Angela Love had to will herself out the door on the night of the Thunder’s season opener. She wanted to go to the game. She just wasn’t sure about her outfit.
"I don’t normally do stuff like this,” Love said, flipping the locks of her neon blue wig. "Opening night, I really had to talk myself into it.” That night, she figured it was close enough to Halloween to get away with an outrageous look. Blue wig. Feathery boa. T-shirt imprinted with the words "Temporary Mascot.” "Then, I just kept doing it because I thought, ‘They need it,’” Love said. "They need people willing to do this.” The veterinary clinic assistant has become a mainstay near the tunnel where the Thunder comes onto the court. She offers encouragement to players and coaches before, during and after the game. A Celtics fan during the Larry Bird era, Love has rediscovered her passion for the NBA. "It amazes me every time I come here that I can actually yell at NBA players and they hear me,” she said, recounting she recently told Russell Westbrook that he should’ve been in the slam dunk contest and he smiled. "I enjoy that.” By Jenni Carlson