Trey Johnson was a special guest of the Thunder for its game against the Celtics on Sunday.
That much you likely saw on the TV broadcast.
What you didn't see was the special treatment that the team gave the now famous basketball player from Hugo. Breakfast at the arena. Access to pregame warm-ups. All sorts of goodies from the Thunder.
And the seat he had?
It's normally reserved for Thunder owner Clay Bennett and is right next to Chesapeake Energy founder Aubrey McClendon.
“He's a good guy,” Trey said nonchalantly, as only a 16-year-old could.
But for all of the pinch-me moments that Trey had on Sunday, he would've rather been anywhere else under the circumstances.
He was there because of a mistake he wishes he could take back.
Ever since Thursday night, when he scored a last-second, wrong-goal basket in the state high school tournament, there have been dark moments. There's anger for making such a big blunder. There's sadness about his team not being able to keep playing. There's regret about why he didn't just hold the ball and let the clock run out.
In his first interview since the game, he still wasn't able to talk much about the game. What he is talking about is what happened since.
Trey wants you to know that he's doing all right and that he's going to be fine — and that your support is part of the reason why.
It hasn't fixed everything.
“But the support and stuff,” he said Monday morning, “that really helped a lot.”
Since news of Trey's mistake spread and video of the play went viral, there has been a tidal wave of concern. Several NBA types reached out to him. A local movement on Twitter created the hash tag #hughugo. National writers and bloggers took up the story and the sympathy.
CBSSports.com national columnist Gregg Doyel, not known for doing warm-and-fuzzy pieces, opined about Trey on Monday.
“We're cheering from him because he is us,” Doyel wrote. “The world isn't easy and everybody loses, but if Trey Johnson can get past this — when he gets past this — everybody wins.”
Trey is working on moving on, but it's difficult. The end of the Class 3A quarterfinals against Millwood is just that devastating. Hugo led by one with only seconds left when an inbounds pass went to Trey, who sprinted toward the wrong basket for an uncontested layup at the buzzer.
It gave Millwood a one-point victory.
“I made a mistake that night,” Trey said.
He doesn't want to elaborate on it, doesn't want to get into the specifics of what went wrong.
Who can blame him?
Even though his coaches and teammates did everything possible to console him in the locker room after the game, he left the arena in tears.
“I took it hard,” he said. “I wanted us to go all the way.”
The next morning brought little reprieve. Even though he got calls and texts from his coach, a couple teammates and some family members, he didn't talk to many people. He didn't want to.
But then the unexpected calls started coming.
Derek Harper, the former NBA guard, reached out to Trey. During his rookie season in Dallas, Harper made a blunder at the end of a tied playoff game, thinking instead that the Mavs led and dribbling out the clock.
“He told me, ‘That's part of basketball,'” Trey said. “Don't let that bring me down. Keep my head up.”
That message was echoed by the Thunder.
The team called on Friday and extended an offer to attend Sunday's game against Boston. Joined by buddy and Hugo point guard Nick Brown, Trey sat on the edge of his seat the entire game. He was only a few feet from the court and the Thunder bench.
“We got to see most of what the players were saying,” Trey said. “It was a great opportunity. It was a great time.”
And he left with an arm load of mementos. An autographed shoe from Kevin Durant. A towel like the players use on the bench. Wristbands. T-shirts. Russell Westbrook even took the shoes he was wearing in the game right off his feet and gave them to Trey.
The stuff was nice, but what the players had to say stuck with him most. Almost every player offered him words of encouragement before the game.
“Don't let this get you down,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks told him after the game. “Just keep moving forward.”
That's exactly what Trey plans to do.
Next week, he'll start baseball and track at Hugo. He plays outfield on the baseball team and runs the 100- and 200-meters on the track team. Add football in the fall and basketball in the winter, and Trey is a four-sport athlete.
He plans to be an even better one after what happened last week.
“I'm ready to start over and go harder,” he said.
Still, he can't help but think about Thursday night and his wrong-way basket. Chances are good it will stick with him for a long time to come.
And yet, when he thinks of it now, he will also be reminded of what has come after. The Thunder game. The Derek Harper conversation. The encouragement from perfect strangers.
“It would've been harder” without that support, he said, “but at the same time, I wouldn't let it bring me down. I'm a strong individual.”
“Stuff like that is hard, though. I was hurt bad.”
You can tell the wounds are still fresh. But see Trey Johnson at the Thunder game Sunday, then listen to him on Monday, and you know the healing has begun.
Support has been a salve.
Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.