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.
Guess what time rehearsal started Thursday? About 8 p.m., a few minutes before tipoff.
So Henson bought a radio he could carry around, just for the game.
“I've got Thunder blue pretty bad,” he said by phone Thursday afternoon. “I'll be performing in rehearsal tonight with an earpiece in just one ear. With just one, I think I can conceal it a little bit.”
Center Nazr Mohammed said blue is something Thunder players can feel in spirit and energy within and beyond the arena.
“The fans here know all of us,” he said. “When they see us, they know our names, the last time we played, how many points we had. The way they love and respect us is amazing.”
Referring to the Bedlam rivalry, Rick Moore of Oklahoma City said, “This is the first time I've ever seen red and orange combined and it took blue to do it.
“To me, blue is the opposite of what it used to mean,” he said. “Having the blues today is exciting.”