Enjoy the show: Your guide to the Thunder's pregame routine

by Jenni Carlson Published: June 16, 2012
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When the Thunder starts going through its antics in the moments before tipoff, there's a lot going on. But if you have a chance to watch the show, there are a few players you might want to keep an eye on:

*James Harden and Royal Ivey: The reserve guards start their routine with three hand slaps, but then, they do a funky shimmy shake move. They're smiling or laughing almost every time.

*Russell Westbrook, Eric Maynor, Reggie Jackson and Harden: The four guards stand in a circle for something of a group handshake. The finishing move is everyone flexing like bodybuilders and hollering.

*Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka: This pairing is the easiest to see because they're usually standing at midcourt right before they go onto the court for tipoff. Earlier this season, they changed their routine to “shadow soccer,” kicking around an imaginary ball.

“I told Kevin, ‘I love soccer. If you want, we can do the soccer,' ” Ibaka said.

But Durant doesn't know soccer.

“I'm teaching him,” Ibaka said, laughing.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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