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NBA Finals: Thunder Bandwagon

Sports Illustrated made sure its bases were covered with its June 18 NBA Finals preview edition.
Compiled by Jason Kersey, RJ Young and Scott Munn Modified: June 21, 2012 at 11:16 pm •  Published: June 21, 2012
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“Mostly I enjoy making my own videos and putting those up,” Iyengar said.

His friend Charlie Bunn helped with the musical production while Iyengar supplied the lyrics. “We had always talked about doing a song, and we both love hip-hop and we both love the Thunder,” Iynegar said. “We thought maybe we could come up with a Thunder rap.”

The video was shot and edited in one day, but Iyengar doesn't plan to shoot more music videos. “I'm not really a rapper,” he said.

In fact, he works in finance.

Iyengar, 25, graduated from Tulsa Washington High School in 2004 and earned an economics degree from the University of Chicago four years later — the same year the Thunder franchise moved to Oklahoma City from Seattle.

He thinks anyone can like the Thunder if they give it an opportunity.

“We haven't even had the team that long,” he said. “But I think some of the players are so energetic that it's so easy to like them.”

Go to the Thunder Rumblings blog on NewsOK.com to see Iyengar's rap.

CHARLES SPEAKS

Analyst Charles Barkley offered a few comments on NBA TV before Game 5 on Thursday night:

On Thunder guard Russell Westbrook: “He's never going to be a traditional point guard.”

On Thunder forward Kevin Durant: “He's got to get stronger (in the offseason).”

On Miami Heat forward LeBron James: “LeBron James, since the day he came into the NBA, has lived up to the hype. LeBron James is probably a better all-around player (compared to Michael Jordan). This guy is beautiful to watch. I think people forget how great he was in Cleveland.”

On what he would like to see in Game 5 ‘as a fan': “I would love for Oklahoma City to win (Thursday) because I would like to see the Heat, in that environment (Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena), try and close out. That's me as a fan.”

BY WAY OF SEATTLE

Someone in the Northwest was happy with the Game 5 result Thursday night. During the fourth quarter, with Miami ahead by 20 points, someone posted on www.seattlepi.com: “People in Seattle Are Smiling. Heat Are Going to Win. This For You Seattle. After The Sonics Were Stolen Four Years Ago.”


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