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NBA Finals: Blue uniting fans

People are wearing Thunder blue from their painted toes to their painted hair. They fly it from their cars, their homes and their businesses.
by Bryan Painter Published: June 14, 2012
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Guess what time rehearsal started Thursday? About 8 p.m., a few minutes before tipoff.

So Henson bought a radio he could carry around, just for the game.

“I've got Thunder blue pretty bad,” he said by phone Thursday afternoon. “I'll be performing in rehearsal tonight with an earpiece in just one ear. With just one, I think I can conceal it a little bit.”

Center Nazr Mohammed said blue is something Thunder players can feel in spirit and energy within and beyond the arena.

“The fans here know all of us,” he said. “When they see us, they know our names, the last time we played, how many points we had. The way they love and respect us is amazing.”

Referring to the Bedlam rivalry, Rick Moore of Oklahoma City said, “This is the first time I've ever seen red and orange combined and it took blue to do it.

“To me, blue is the opposite of what it used to mean,” he said. “Having the blues today is exciting.”

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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