OKC Thunder players participate in annual Holiday Assist shopping spree

BY JOHN ROHDE Staff Writer jrohde@opubco.com Modified: December 17, 2010 at 8:33 am •  Published: December 16, 2010

Whatever item Jeremy Underhill wanted to get, so did Jason Underhill. And vice versa.

So it goes when you're 7-year-old identical twins.

Jeremy (or maybe it was Jason) wanted a Nintendo DS for Christmas. "Yeah, let's get that," the other twin agreed.

Not all gifts were identical. There was one football and one basketball.

Suddenly, and somewhat inexplicably, Jason (maybe Jeremy) wanted to dance in the aisle. The other twin joined him.

Their celebrity escort, second-year Thunder shooting guard James Harden, cheered on the dancing Underhill Bros. and smiled like he had just dunked over Cleveland's J.J. Hickson (again).

The Thunder held its third annual Holiday Assist shopping spree Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Super Target at 13924 N. Penn Ave. Ten families from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program were the beneficiaries.

Dressed in blue Santa caps, every Thunder player participated, as did the team mascot, Rumble. Coach Scott Brooks was excused so he could attend the basketball game of his son, Chance.

Also on hand were members of the coaching staff and the team's front office, including general manager Sam Presti.

Each group of grandchildren got a $500 gift card, as did their grandparents.

Judging from the price tags on several items stuffed into shopping carts, several accompanying players paid whatever amount went over the limit.

The first item placed into the cart of backup shooting guard Morris Peterson was a 40-inch flat-screen television. Two pairs of shoes and a skateboard soon followed.

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