OKC Thunder: Davis, Long look forward to becoming part of community

By Mike Baldwin Published: September 22, 2008

Having served as the pre-game, halftime and post-game host for Sonics games on Fox Sports Northwest in Seattle, Davis is familiar with the roster. The team finished 20-62 last season. Davis, though, said the work ethic the team displayed last season convinced him the Thunder's future is bright as they continue to add more players.

"They didn't have success every night, but they always brought their lunch pail and delivered a strong effort every night,” Davis said. "From what we understand about this city, that sort of effort, that sort of honest approach, will really endear them to fans.”

Davis' and Long's goal is to develop a similar relationship with fans who watch them describe dramatic wins and react after heart-breaking losses. Long said he wants to reach all fans, whether it's educating casual fans or giving "junkies” stats to explain why the Thunder is losing or winning.

Long and Davis had known each other only 24 hours before they were introduced last week at a press conference. Still, it was obvious the Thunder's TV tag team duo already was developing chemistry.

"We're all going to grow into this thing together, as a team, as an organization and as fans,” Davis said. "I don't know that I've ever seen a situation like that in my life. It's really unique, really compelling.”