Thunder Notebook: Thunder tunes in to Obama inauguration

Oklahoman Published: January 21, 2009
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Coach Scott Brooks postponed Tuesday’s practice 35 minutes to allow players and coaches to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama, the country’s first African-American president.

"It was an important day for all of us,” Brooks said. "To watch a historical moment, it was pretty awesome to see it transpire in front of our face. The guys enjoyed it. It was pretty cool to see it.”

Thunder players and coaches gathered in the team’s film room at the practice facility and watched the ceremony.

"It was a great thing to watch,” said Jeff Green. "It was my first time ever watching it, so it was kind of fun, especially to see how many people were there.

"It was good to sit down and watch and witness history.”

Earl Watson credited Obama for uniting the country and encouraging the younger generation to become more active.

"Just seeing how many people attended that, it gave me chills,” Watson said. "It gives you a new sense of this country being united.”

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