Oklahoma City Thunder bandwagon: Fans sign banner for Russell Westbrook

Before the Thunder's first home game since then, the banner just outside The Peake became popular stop for Thunder fans. They lined up several people deep for a chance to scrawl a message on the white vinyl.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 1, 2013
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Almost every bit of white space on the banner was covered with words written in blue or orange Sharpie.

All were get well messages for Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder point guard had season-ending knee surgery Saturday, and before the Thunder's first home game since then, the banner just outside The Peake became popular stop for Thunder fans. They lined up several people deep for a chance to scrawl a message on the white vinyl.

Sherrie Stevenson's note: “Let's do this!”

“My grandbaby loves Russell,” the Oklahoma City woman said.

Her 13-year-old granddaughter Sherrice Braxton nodded.

“I love Russell Westbrook,” Braxton said. “I'm his No. 1 fan.”

Her reaction when she found out he was hurt?

“I just wanted to cry,” she said. “I just wish he was playing.”

Stephen House wished the same, but the Oklahoma City man, who wrote “Praying for you, bro” on the banner, said it was important for him to support not only Westbrook but also the team.

“Things happen,” House said. “But the worst thing that fans can do is give up on the team.”

THE SIGN MAN

Scott Downs brings homemade signs to every Thunder playoff game.

But he never takes them home.

“People always come by and say, ‘Are you going to take that? I'm going to hang that in my office,'” the Yukon resident said.

No doubt he had a taker for the sign he brought to Game 5.

“Welcome back to OUR HOUSE, Patrick Boooooo-verley,” it read.

“I call him the ‘Sign Man,'” Downs' friend Tom Husley said. “Whatever's going on, he'll come up with a sign for it. The playoffs, he'll really get going.”

People in and around their seats in Section 120 love the signs so much that they've been known to take pictures with them.

Last year, Downs targeted Metta World Peace, who he will only call Ron Artest, after the Lakers forward elbowed then-Thunder reserve James Harden. He found a mug shot from when Artest was once arrested.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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