Television play-by-play announcer Brian Davis and analyst Grant Long will be more than broadcasters for the Thunder. What makes this TV tandem unique is that both men, and their families, are moving to Oklahoma City.
Unlike some hired guns who travel the country to broadcast games in multiple sports, Davis and Long will be involved with Thunder basketball year round. They'll be part of the community during the off-season.
"The impression Grant and I are both getting is this organization is like a family,” Davis said. "We're a team. We're one group working toward the same purpose. To get a chance to be part of an organization heading in that direction, with that type of philosophy, is pretty cool.”
Davis and Long are familiar with this city's history. They're familiar with the Murrah Federal Building bombing that killed 168 people. They know tornadoes have ravaged the Oklahoma City area. And they know this is a market hungry to embrace its first permanent major league franchise.
"A city like this that has experienced pain, a major league franchise moving in gives people another reason to believe, something to grasp on to,” said Long, who played in the NBA 14 seasons. "That's where we come in. We'll be out in the community. We'll be visible. Our kids will go to school here. Our families will go to the grocery stores here.
"There will be so many questions about the team, where the team is going, the direction of the team. People will ask: ‘How come the team did this? How come the team didn't do that?' We like that we'll be on hand to answer those type questions.