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Thunder Opening Night Part III

by Bryan Terry and Nate Billings and Chris Landsberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:26 pm •  Published: October 30, 2008

Some photos from inside the Ford Center before and during the game.

NBA commissioner David Stern addresses the Thunder fans before the first half of the opening night NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.  BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN
NBA commissioner David Stern addresses the Thunder fans before the first half of the opening night NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

NBA commissioner David Stern addresses the Thunder fans before the first half of the opening night NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.  BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett salutes the Thunder fans during the opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett salutes the Thunder fans during the opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett salutes the Thunder fans during the opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

The opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks tips off at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
The opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks tips off at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

The opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks tips off at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Earl Watson (25) of the Thunder scores the first basket past Charlie Villanueva (31) of the Bucks during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. This was the regular season debut of the Thunder. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Earl Watson (25) of the Thunder scores the first basket past Charlie Villanueva (31) of the Bucks during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. This was the regular season debut of the Thunder. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Earl Watson (25) of the Thunder scores the first basket past Charlie Villanueva (31) of the Bucks during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. This was the regular season debut of the Thunder. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN  

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) of the Bucks saves the ball from going out of bounds in front of Johan Petro (27) of the Thunder during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. This was the regular season debut of the Thunder. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) of the Bucks saves the ball from going out of bounds in front of Johan Petro (27) of the Thunder during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. This was the regular season debut of the Thunder. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (12) of the Bucks saves the ball from going out of bounds in front of Johan Petro (27) of the Thunder during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. This was the regular season debut of the Thunder. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Desmond Mason (34) drives to the basket against the Bucks during the opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Desmond Mason (34) drives to the basket against the Bucks during the opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Desmond Mason (34) drives to the basket against the Bucks during the opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

The Thunder Girls perform during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. This was the regular season debut of the Thunder. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
The Thunder Girls perform during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. This was the regular season debut of the Thunder. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

The Thunder Girls perform during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. This was the regular season debut of the Thunder. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Fans cheer during the opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Fans cheer during the opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008. BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

Fans cheer during the opening NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, October 29, 2008.  BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN 

The Bucks won the game, 98-87. However, it was good to get this one in the books and get the season started. I feel like we’ve been waiting for this opening day for a long time.

-Nate Billings

by Bryan Terry
Photographer
Bryan Terry is a native of Oklahoma and is a graduate of Yukon High School. He first picked up a camera while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. After working for the school newspaper, The Vista, he interned at The Oklahoman. He...
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by Nate Billings
Photographer
Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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by Chris Landsberger
Assistant Photography Editor
Chris Landsberger is a native of Oklahoma and, as a photographer, has been able to travel coast to coast and everywhere in between to cover news for the last 13 years. He has been a part history that included coverage of Oklahoma City bomber...
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