NBA Finals: Blue uniting fans

People are wearing Thunder blue from their painted toes to their painted hair. They fly it from their cars, their homes and their businesses.
by Bryan Painter Published: June 14, 2012
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Oklahoma City Thunder fans don't moan the blues at Chesapeake Energy Arena, or even throughout the city or state.

They wear Thunder blue from their painted toes to their painted hair. They shout its excitement from Loud City at the arena in downtown Oklahoma City to Durant to the panhandle to other nations.

It's definitely not a moan.

Instead of wanting to lose the blues, they fly it from their cars, their homes, their businesses. It's been seen waving from a crane as well as the passenger side window of an ambulance.

“This is a one of a kind,” said Thunder center Kendrick Perkins of the fan response. “I wouldn't change it for the world just the way the whole community embraces you when you go anywhere, restaurants, just to the gas station, it's just unbelievable.”

People readily admit they have the Thunder blues.

They want to talk about having the blues.

“Honestly, I can't go anywhere now without building in extra time because people want to talk about the Thunder at the grocery stores, or wherever, and that's great,” said Brian Davis, the Thunder TV play-by-play announcer. “People are so excited about what's going on here, they want to share the moment, and I'm more than happy to share the moment.”

Some Thunder fans literally have to tone it down at times.

Rusty Henson of Spavinaw had to get crafty about listening to Thursday night's Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Henson plays various roles in a production titled “The Elijah Factor” at the Picture in Scripture Amphitheater in Disney, OK.


by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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