By Mike Baldwin •
Modified: February 18, 2009 at 10:31 am •
Published: February 18, 2009
/articleid/3346716/1/pictures/542700"> Rumble the Bison, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s new mascot, dances with the Thunder girls during his halftime introduction in Tuesday’s game against New Orleans at the Ford Center. Photo by bryan terry, the oklahoman
"The bison itself is going through a renaissance, having once been near extinction, now coming back in great numbers.
"We feel that’s a parallel story to what this city, this state is going through. We’re hoping our team is part of this renaissance, this growth, a ‘Yes We Can’ optimism. The story takes on that tone, that Rumble didn’t just drop in out of thin air Tuesday night.”
Thunder officials spent five months weighing dozens of options that ranged from picking a character and name to tediously developing a costume. In the end a bison — not a buffalo — was selected, similar to sky blue, featured on the state flag, being among the team colors.
"We’ve learned our fans are very passionate, very emotional,” Byrnes said. "They’re connected to this team. They value the NBA experience and have given us unbelievable support.”