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Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook finishes second

Oklahoman Modified: January 20, 2009 at 4:55 am •  Published: January 20, 2009

at’s what happened to me opening night. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. (Thunder official) Brian Byrnes told me to be myself. It’s been fine ever since.

Do you have a patented call?

"My calling card is I can change my voice. A few come out during the starting lineup. I use a little Bill Rafferty when I use "Double Deuce” for Jeff Green, a little Howard Cosell for ‘Russell Westbrook from UCLA.’ We have a little safari area in the concourse. When I do a P.A. announcement I try to use an Australian accent, stuff some people might not even realize I’m doing.”

What’s been the toughest thing to announce?

"I had to sit down with (TV play-by-play voice) Brian Davis one last time before Nenad Krstic played because I heard four different ways to say his name.”

Thunder players were given the day off Monday, but several were involved in Martin Luther King Day events.

Staff members carried a Thunder MLK banner in the silent march. Chucky Atkins and TV analyst Grant Long represented the team at the bell-ringing ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center.

D.J. White, Kyle Weaver and Westbrook rode in a horse-drawn carriage during the parade. Damien Wilkins and his foundation, the Thunder drum line and Thunder girls also participated.