Thunder Rumblings


New Russell Westbrook Commercial

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm •  Published: January 21, 2011

I love, love, love this commercial.

Russell Westbrook does a terrific job for one. But what makes this spot work so well is the indelible connection that is made between the Thunder and the state of Oklahoma.

Over the past 2 1/2 seasons, we’ve experienced all sorts of surreal things that have made us shake our heads in disbelief that an NBA team is actually here to stay: team chairman Clay Bennett climbing atop a stage and uttering the words, ‘We made it,’ opening night, Kevin Durant’s scoring feats, coaching changes, Carmelo Anthony’s game-winners and the playoffs to name a few.

But Westbrook’s mentions of towns throughout Oklahoma, Blackwell to Bartlesville, Kingfisher to Kingston, is yet another slice of reinforcement that the NBA is planting roots right here in our backyard. If you’re an Oklahoma native, or even a transplant who’s fallen head over heels for this place, you can’t watch this commercial without feeling a special sense of pride at how Westbrook symbolizes how far this state has come.


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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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