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San Antonio Travelblog: Where’s the Alamo?

by Berry Tramel Modified: May 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm •  Published: May 20, 2014

photo - Kevin Durant knows the NBA isn't rigged. Berry Tramel ran into someone in San Antonio who thinks so. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Kevin Durant knows the NBA isn't rigged. Berry Tramel ran into someone in San Antonio who thinks so. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

We’re staying one block from the Alamo. I didn’t make it over there Monday.

I love the Alamo. Love the history and the reverence and the story. I think it’s one of the coolest things about San Antonio. Or any other city. The Alamo is San Antone’s Liberty Bell. San Antone’s Old North Church.

I need to get over there. But our days are packed. And getting to practice is not easy in San Antonio.

Traffic is fine. This isn’t Los Angeles. But the Thunder is practicing out at Texas Military Institute’s campus in far north San Antonio. Takes about 30 minutes to get out there. Thirty minutes there, 30 minutes back, about an hour while we’re there.

The Texas Military Institute is a cool campus in what appears to be the start of the Texas Hill Country. The gym is nothing special but is about eight tiers above the Beverly Hills Community Center, where the Thunder worked out during the Clipper series.

Game-day shootarounds at this round are a zoo. Dozens of media – ESPN, TNT, lots of national outlets, lots of San Antonio press, etc. – attend and crowd around the Thunder players and Scotty Brooks who talk. It’s a mess, but you have to participate, just in case someone says something interesting.

The Thunder uses Texas Military Institute because it’s convenient to its team hotel, which also is up in north San Antonio. The institute actually is an Episcopal private school. Students, looked to be young teens, lined up outside and watched the Thunder depart. They seemed to realize who the Thunder was. Unlike the good folks back in Beverly Hills.


We got a good lesson in non-passionate NBA fandom over lunch Monday. We were dining at the Josephine Street Café, which used to be known as the Josephine Street Bar & Grill, hard on the eastern edge of downtown San Antonio.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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