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OKC Thunder: Mason's happy living the dream

By John Rohde Published: September 30, 2008

/> "All I have to do is show them where the good restaurants are, where to go and what to do to have fun,” Mason said. "I tell them, ‘Just go eat barbecue and steaks. That's what I do.' ”

Mason said he recommends Ranch Steakhouse, Earl's Rib Palace, Ted's Cafe Escondido and Mickey Mantle Steakhouse.

"Want me to keep going? I've got some more,” Mason said, playfully adding Whataburger, Sonic and Braum's.

"Oh, and Hideaway (pizza). Always Hideaway,” Mason said.

In terms of sheer beauty, Seattle is a tough act to follow — for any city.

Is it hard to sell Oklahoma to teammates?

"To some people, but I don't care,” Mason said. "I'm going to brag about Oklahoma anyway. I love being back in a community that embraced me. It's fun.”

Mason wraps both arms around everything in the state of Oklahoma, except the color crimson and anything OU.

(Mason said there are only two reasons he would ever venture to Norman — a Bedlam game and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.)

"It's something I want to do,” Mason said of being head of the Oklahoma welcoming committee. "I think the players are seeing the excitement in the fans with the ticket sales and things like that. I think they know now it's going to be a very fun year.”

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