Thunder fan Brittany Henry wants Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green and Thabo Sefolosha to be in this year's NBA All-Star Game. To show her support, she cast her vote for all four players.
The 19-year-old Oklahoma City resident punched out 10,004 holes for her Thunder foursome, usually with a straightened paper clip. "I have a lot of dots all over my house," Henry admitted.
Henry freely admits she's more than a tad crazy about the Thunder. "I'm obsessed, pretty much," Henry said, whispering with a hint of embarrassment. "I have their stuff all over my walls, and I'm almost 20."
Initially, Henry planned on voting only once. When ballots became available inside Oklahoma City Arena, Thunder officials informed fans they could get a free water bottle or key chain if they filled out 50 ballots.
"I kind of looked at him like he was nuts," Henry said. "Then I realized I could take the ballots home, fill them out and bring them back."
Henry innocently asked if she could take an entire box home, not realizing the box contained 1,250 ballots. (The Thunder had 240,000 available ballots.)
When she returned the first box, Henry thought, "That wasn't terribly hard, so I decided to do another box."
Two boxes, plus the original ballot, equals 2,501 votes.
Ballot-stuffing has existed since the inception of All-Star games. Fan participation is the primary purpose, and some fanatics go passionately overboard.
Asked specifically if Henry casting 2,501 ballots was frowned upon, NBA senior vice president of communications Tim Frank responded: "We have no issues with our fans demonstrating their passion for their favorite players and teams as long as they aren't doing it in violation of our balloting guidelines."
Henry broke no rules, nor did the Thunder offering free water bottles or key chains to stuffers.
Paper balloting continues through Monday at NBA arenas, but the Thunder's last home game before the deadline came Thursday night against Orlando.
Fans can continue to vote online (NBA.com) through Jan. 23, but are limited to one vote per day. Fans also can print out paper ballots with a specially coded ballot, and mail as directed on the form through Monday.
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