OKC Thunder: Tulsa 66ers to have inaugural Field Trip game in Chesapeake Energy Arena

The Thunder's minor league affiliate will face the Iowa Energy in an NBADL game at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: February 3, 2014
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photo - The Thunder’s Andre Roberson has been recalled back to Oklahoma City after spending four games with the Tulsa 66ers.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
The Thunder’s Andre Roberson has been recalled back to Oklahoma City after spending four games with the Tulsa 66ers. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

The Tulsa 66ers have been good to the Thunder the past few seasons.

On Tuesday, OKC fans will have a chance to thank them.

In the 66ers' inaugural Field Trip Day game, the Thunder's D-League affiliate will host the Iowa Energy at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Chesapeake Energy Arena.

A majority of the crowd, weather permitted, is expected to be filled with thousands of students from more than 85 schools across Oklahoma, spawning the “Field Trip” name.

But it is open to the public as well, with tickets $12 at the door.

There are no current Thunder players assigned to the 66ers, but there remains a chance that rookie forward Andre Roberson will be sent down for the game. Roberson has been shuffled back and forth four times between the teams over the past month, and this would seem to provide another convenient opportunity.

 Former Arizona center Grant Jerrett is another potential attraction for Thunder fans hoping for a glimpse at the future.

 After OKC traded for Jerrett's rights in the draft, he impressed in the Orlando Summer League. Jerrett is a 6-foot-11 center with shooting range out to the 3-point line.

And, he hopes, Tuesday will be his first game on a court that will eventually become his home.

“It'll be fun,” Jerrett said. “I heard it's supposed to be a big crowd, so that'll be interesting.”

DURANT PREFERS ‘KD' AS NICKNAME, BUT COULD USE ‘SLIM REAPER' FOR SHOE

Kevin Durant doesn't like the nickname “The Slim Reaper.”

 

“I'm here to shine a bright light,” Durant said. “I'm not here to be a guy of, I guess, death. I just like KD better.”

 

But what about capitalizing on the popularity of the nickname and collaborating with Nike once again on a special edition colorway of his signature KD line of shoes?

 

Durant has done this several times in the past with “The Weathermans,” a nod to his affinity for weather, the “Maryland Blue Crabs,” which pay homage to his home state, the “Peanut Butter & Jellys,” his favorite sandwich as a kid and the “Aunt Pearls,” in honor of his late aunt among others.


by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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