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

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM GAME 3

The first two games of the Western Conference Finals weren't much fun for Thunder fans. Game 3? The bandwagon did more than back on track. It turned into a party bus.

SEEN AND HEARD

*Apparently, rapper Lil Wayne wanted to come to the Thunder game and receive VIP treatment. Backdoor entrance. Front-row seat.

The Thunder had no front-row seats available.

“Was going to go to the Thunder game tonight but was denied by the team to be in their arena,” Lil Wayne tweeted. “Wow. Go Spurs.”

Um, hey, buddy, get over yourself.

*NBA headquarters was well-represented in Oklahoma City on Thursday. Spotted inside The Peake: deputy commissioner Adam Silver, who you last saw announcing the results of the draft lottery on Wednesday night, and executive vice president Stu Jackson.

*Hanson sang the national anthem and did a heck of a job. The pop trio of Oklahoma-born brothers is best known for its '90s hit “MMMBop,” but it can sing “The Star Spangled Banner” before Thunder games any time it wants.

TWEET IT UP

What the Twittersphere had to say during Game 3:

@ZachLowe_SI: Feeling a Spurs win tonight, mostly because the Spurs are playing in a basketball game tonight.

@jonfisher: Harden and Perkins once got into a staring contest. Now you know what happened to the unicorns.

@SekouSmithNBA: For the record, having witnessed it in person in each of the past two seasons, the OKC home court advantage is as good as there is in sports.

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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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