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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder's 50th win marks third time in four years

Oklahoma City won its 50th game of the season Sunday when it beat the Dallas Mavericks, and that accomplishment hasn't been lost on the organization.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 18, 2013

Ranne will work with basketball operations on initiatives that include team payroll, player acquisitions and long-term operational planning.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to add Jason to our front office staff,” said Thunder GM Sam Presti. “He adds a diverse skill-set as well as many years of experiences within the industry of sport. We are confident that he will make a positive contribution to our operations as we continue to build and grow as an organization.”

Ranne, who owns a law degree from the University of Minnesota, spent the past six years with the Wasserman Media Group, most recently as the company's senior vice president of team sports. Before joining Wasserman, Ranne was a guard on the 2000-04 Wildcats and served as team captain in his senior season.


The Thunder is one of four teams that have been selected as nominees in the “Sports Team of the Year” category for the 2013 Sports Business Awards, presented by Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily.

The Thunder is joined by the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Sounders and Washington Nationals.

The SportsBusiness Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from March 1, 2012 through February 28, 2013. Sports teams in the major and minor league and U.S. national teams in leagues whose central offices are located in North America were eligible.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony that will be held Wednesday, May 22 in New York City.


The Thunder recalled guards Jeremy Lamb and DeAndre Liggins, as well as center Daniel Orton from the Tulsa 66ers on Monday.

All three will be with the team for Tuesday's game against Denver.

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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