Watching this team makes me proud. Not only because of their success in the games and a great season record, but because they show that they love the game and each other.
It makes me proud when they cheer louder than the crowd after one of their teammates makes a great play on the court. These guys are off the bench, yelling encouragement and showing excitement. The starters cheer just as loud for their sub as their sub cheers for them.
Every sports nut knows that team chemistry is critical to having a championship team. The Oklahoma City Thunder team goes above and beyond team chemistry. They are connected at the heart.
Their demonstrations of child-like excitement on the sideline, shows me and thousands of other fans that these guys, along with their coaches, are champions.
To show my support for this talented and gifted group of players and coaches, I am going to encourage our fans to adopt other fans that surround their seats with their own Thunder high-five ritual. I am calling it the “Thunder Up Shake & Bake.”
Bump, dance, shrug, jump, belly flop or do whatever strikes you and your surrounding ticket holders. What better way to show our Thunder team that we are connected to them and love them.
Our opponents will wonder if the whole place has gone crazy. But when they begin to understand what they are seeing, they will see that we are a city, team and a group of fans that are all connected together in one unifying goal of becoming NBA Champions.
The playoffs are here. Let’s all do the “Thunder Up Shake & Bake.”
Jerry Wright is a NewsOK contributor, an ordained minister, author and business leader. He also serves as a speaker and venue moderator at one of America’s largest Christian men’s gatherings at Oklahoma’s Falls Creek “Rewired” conference.