Local Laker fans like the Thunder — until now
Oklahoma natives started following the Lakers long before the Thunder arrived. But changing colors after all of these years is hard to do for Andre Mink, Terrell Howard and Dwayne Gipson.
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She couldn't help but smile.
Neither could Mink.
“That's an eye-catcher there, isn't it?” he said as the woman pointed to the purple words stenciled on the back of gold car.
“It is,” she exclaimed. “Shame on you.”
It Don't Thunder in LA.
“We're just trying to stir it up a little bit,” Mink said.
The Thunder Bandwagon has painted Oklahoma City blue, but with a much-anticipated second-round playoff series against the Lakers set to tip off Monday night, anyone with a passion for the purple and gold is sure to stand out.
“There are a lot of Laker lovers in every town,” Mink said.
None in Oklahoma City may be any bigger fan than the man with the Laker car.
Mink drives a 2005 Dodge Magnum that was cranberry colored until about two months ago. Now, the body of the car is Laker gold with the word “Lakers” on both sides and the No. 24 on the hood.
And, of course, there's the playful poke at the Thunder on the back.
“Why are you here?” some people will ask when they see his ride. “Why don't you go back?”
“I'm from here,” he'll tell them.
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