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by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:52 pm •  Published: September 5, 2008

   By Mike Baldwin

   Oklahoma City Thunder chairman Clay Bennett said he was surprised by the number of people who attended the nickname unveiling press conference Wednesday at Leadership Square. Hundreds of people packed the place, including a jam packed upper deck.

    “I didn’t expect that,” Bennett said. “My family wanted to come down. I told them, ‘I don’t think it’s that big a deal. Everybody seems to know the name already.’  It was exhilarating. We’re very proud. The fans are proud. And we hope to make them proud.”

      Bennett said keeping things secret was difficult.

      “Maybe I had a warped sense of things,” Bennett said. “But it was a lot of fun. I was disappointed in the image being released (a few days early by someone who used a phone camera). But that’s all part of it, too. It’s a great game. It’s about fun. It’s about entertainment and connecting with the community. I’m just thrilled to be a part of it.” 

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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