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Thunder bandwagon: Lil Wayne buys courtside seat in Chesapeake Energy Arena

NBA FINALS — Lil Wayne caused a stir when he was denied a seat during the Western Conference Finals, but the rapper was in the house for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
BY GINA MIZELL Published: June 12, 2012

@roddywhiteTV: Collins is a great player for the thunder just rebounds and plays D and can finish at the basket when needed

@RealSkipBayless: That clinches it: Kevin Durant is definitely better than LeBron. Durant alone might be too much for the Heat. Tonite, he was just too good.

SEEN AND HEARD

* American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez sang the national anthem and received a huge applause after nailing several big notes on the song's money words of “wave,” “free” and “brave.” It was a beautiful rendition, and especially impressive considering Sanchez is just 16 years old.

* Actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth, one of the most famous Thunder fans, welcomed the crowd to Game 1 in a prerecorded video that then segued into the “This City” video montage.

* The NBA Finals obviously brings a slew of national media. One of the most recognizable, ESPN First Take's Stephen A. Smith, stopped to pose for pictures with fans as he was walking into the arena Tuesday afternoon.

* Oklahoma football signee Durron Neal was in the house Tuesday night, tweeting photos from his seats and “Energy area going crazy right now. I can't hear” just before the fourth quarter began.

CHITTY CHAT

7:58: SooneruleSoonerule: remembering that 23 win season right now, getting a little emotional....

8:01: BrandonBrandon: are we seeing the beginning of a classic rivalry a la celtics lakers of old....larry legend vs. magic?

8:02 AriesAries: Can you believe tonight the world is watching us in OKC!!!!

8:04: BB37 BB37: Agreed, Aires. And they're watching the city and state for something other than a dust storm, tornado, or a bomb. That's what makes this so special.

8:04: Tess Tess: If the Thunder wins the finals, I will personally wash and trim James Harden's beard...and help Russell Westbrook shop for unique shirts.

8:54: Gary: we are getting great shots...just not falling

8:54: TEN: Very much like game six in the Spurs series....I'm not worried...

9:46: Fatboy04: battier is killing us

9:50: BB37: Q4's coming up though, that's KD's quarter.

9:59 Aries: And we have the LEAD!!!

9:59: Isaac: NOW WE KNOW WHY IT'S CALLED CHESAPEAKE *ENERGY* ARENA!!!!

10:40 Gary: Three wins away folks. We just need to play 500 ball.


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