The Thunder has launched its first-ever Draft Lottery Challenge, giving one fan the opportunity to represent the team at the annual NBA Draft Lottery in Secaucus, N.J., on May 19 when the league determines the draft order of the 14 non-playoff teams. All fans 18 and older who live in Oklahoma can submit a fun, creative, witty and enlightening seven-word essay to thunder.nba.com explaining why they should represent the Thunder at the lottery. The top three finalists will be placed on thunder.nba.com, and all site visitors will be able to vote on the most creative entry. The Grand Prize winner will win round-trip airfare from Oklahoma City to New York City, hotel accommodations, per diem for the trip and will represent the team at the Draft Lottery at NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus. Deadline for entries on thunder.nba.com is midnight on Monday, May 4. The team is asking fans to refrain from using draft-eligible player names, numbers and schools. The winning entry will be announced May 7 at thunder.nba.com.Comments
Durant to host basketball campKevin Durant will host a basketball camp from June 29 to July 1 at Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City for boys and girls ages 7 through 18. The camp will be divided into two sessions, the first for kids ages 7 to 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, and the second for kids ages 12 to 18 from 1-4 p.m. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt, a camp team photo and an opportunity to win contests and prizes. The camp costs $199 per kid, but anyone interested in multiple camps or multiple camper discounts are asked to contact Pro Camps via procamps.com/kevindurant. New Orleans guard Chris Paul will not hold his camp in Oklahoma City this year. Paul held his camp in the city the last few years after the Hornets were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Thunder to donate items to Oklahoma History CenterThe Thunder will donate several items from its first season to the Oklahoma History Center, team chairman Clay Bennett will announce on Thursday at Oklahoma Today magazine’s Oklahoman of the Year event. Gov. Brad Henry, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Oklahoma Today publisher Joan Henderson and Editor-in-Chief Louisa McCune-Elm ore will join Bennett for the event at the Oklahoma History Center. The team is still putting together a list of items it will donate. By Darnell Mayberry
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