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NBA Finals: Ketch Design Centre has eye-catching tribute to Thunder and James Harden's beard

Ronnie Ketch did what any sensible Thunder fan would do: He added a James Harden-like beard to his building. He's not the only one showing off his team spirit, as a steady stream of fans arrived at the team store to purchase gear throughout the day.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 7, 2012

The mohawk came first.

Then Ronnie Ketch decided he wanted to add a beard to the building where his business, Ketch Design Centre, has been located in since 1991.

Ketch added the decorations as a tribute to Thunder forward James Harden after Harden's 3-pointer in the final 30 seconds of Game 5 helped put the Thunder ahead in the Western Conference Finals 3-2.

Thursday, a day after the Thunder closed out the series in Game 6 with a 107-99 win over San Antonio, the building at 4416 N. Western Ave., drew much more attention than it had all week.

“It's been strangely incredible,” Ketch said. “I've been sitting here all day and there's a constant stream of people stopping at the liquor store across the street to take pictures of the building.”

Sue Reeves works right up the street from Ketch's building.

When she arrived at work Thursday morning, her co-workers all wanted to talk about Wednesday night's closeout game which sent the Thunder to the NBA Finals in their fourth season in Oklahoma City.

“It was incredible,” Reeves, of Oklahoma City, said. “I don't have any words to describe what it's like. I cried last night I was so overwhelmed. I'm so happy for them.”

By Thursday afternoon, Reeves was at Chesapeake Energy Arena with her 13-year-old granddaughter Anjel Burton to buy some NBA Finals and Western Conference Champion T-shirts and other Thunder memorabilia.

Reeves watched the Game 6 win at her house but wanted to be part of the Thunder community by buying some fresh gear.

“I might not be the Thunder's No. 1 fan but I'm the most loyal,” Reeves said. “I'm jumping inside. It's been that way all day. It's an amazing feeling.”

Inside the Thunder store at the arena, merchandise steadily flowed throughout the day.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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