Readers split on Thunder name
In poll, 51 percent rejected the idea

By Darnell Mayberry Published: July 22, 2008
nd it's kind of positive, and we do have a lot of thunder and lighting here in the state.”

Greenway preferred Rough Riders.

"I just kind of think that we've gone through some rough times but we always come through them,” Greenway said. "But I will go with the Thunder if that's what they chose. I'm just glad that Oklahomans are accepting the NBA in Oklahoma. It is something that we have needed.”

P.J. Mills, sports talk radio host at KREF-1400 AM in Norman, took calls Monday from listeners who loved Thunder and hated it. Mills said he is impressed with how passionate people have become regarding the franchise's name.

"I think that's a good sign that people are emotionally invested, and it either makes them happy or upset,” Mills said. "If they didn't care, I think that would be a little bit more telling.”

Mills said he's not a big fan of Thunder but added he feels the name could be a lot worse.

"It could have been better, but I'm not necessarily against it,” he said. "When you think about a lot of the team names, they might not have made a lot of sense at first but now they have so much tradition and longevity that you just accept it. And I think the Thunder, if they can do well and prosper, they'd just be the Thunder.”

Hendricks, the Oklahoma Sports Museum director, called the team "a real positive for Oklahoma” in spite of the various opinions on the nickname.

"I think people are going to support it, and I don't see any reason why it won't be successful,” said Hendricks. "It might be a couple of years before we turn out an NBA championship, but it's not impossible.”