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Thunder Bandwagon: No seat for Lil Wayne; Charles Barkley gets some love

The bandwagon did more than get back on track Thursday night. It turned into a party bus as Thunder rolled San Antonio.
by Jenni Carlson Published: May 31, 2012

/articleid/3680423/1/pictures/1734915">Photo - Charles Barkley rides a horse to the TNT set before game three of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Charles Barkley rides a horse to the TNT set before game three of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 31, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

ANOTHER THUNDER ANTHEM

The Thunder Bandwagon has another song to add to the road-tripping playlist.

Oklahoma City rockers The Flaming Lips remade their 1999 hit “Racing for the Prize”, calling it “Thunder Up: Racing for the Prize”. There's a lot of Thundering Up going on, but hey, these guys know what the locals want.

Want to hear the song?

Search “Flaming Lips and Thunder Up” on YouTube.

WELCOME TO OKC

Charles Barkley hasn't always been nice to Oklahoma City, but the city sure was nice to the TNT analyst.

When he appeared outside The Peake for the network's pregame show, fans showered him with cheers and applause. One fan was overheard saying, “I hope he falls,” when Barkley climbed on a horse for a short ride onto the set, but there was lots more love than hate.

“Way to go, Chuck,” one fan yelled.

“Love you,” another hollered.

That wasn't all the love shown to Barkley. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin presented him with a pair of cowboy boots custom-made by Loveless Boots.

Barkley's sidekick, Kenny Smith, looked a wee bit jealous.

CHITTY CHAT

Highlights from the live chat at NewsOK.com during Game 3:

8:37 p.m.: JD: Thunder is getting nasty.

8:50 p.m.: BB37: OKC looks like a different team tonight.

8:52 p.m.: Soonerule: Good advice from Pop after the clothesline from Thabo — keep your head.

8:52 p.m.: Pop stole that line from Highlander.

9:41 p.m.: Gary: Thabo is having the best game I have ever seen him play.

10:02 p.m.: Brandon: We need this same type of effort for the next three games.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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