Q&A with Thunder team chairman Clay Bennett

BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: January 20, 2009 at 8:59 am •  Published: January 20, 2009
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’re still new. We have a team on the rise. We have an organization on the rise. We are the only pro sports team in the state. We’re very focused on it and want to be smart and thoughtful about it as we move forward.

What are your thoughts on the 8-34 record?

For the most part, it’s on line with my expectations. I knew we were young. I knew the transition (from Seattle) was a challenge. All the teams in the league are good. They’re all competitive. On any given night anything can happen. I’m really impressed with our guys’ effort. They’re working hard. They are getting better every day. I’m encouraged and remain committed to our philosophy of building this team. I believe we’re on track.

Is there one game you remember most?

The ones that stand out are the last-minute losses, like Carmelo (Anthony). I don’t wish any ill on him, but couldn’t he have broken his hand a game before? That Denver game stands out.

Do you still receive feedback on the nickname, logo or team colors?

I recently received some nice unsolicited comments from out of market on our uniforms.

What is the biggest area of concern?

I’ve come to believe in this business that everything requires full attention all the time. It’s a 24/7 business that’s highly so competitive, so demanding, there is no room for error. It’s like the old saying, ‘The more you know, the more you know that you don’t know.’ All I know is to show up and work hard, try to do the right thing and put some good people together. I feel good about how we’re making progress.