NBA TV looks at the bond forged between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the residents of Moore following the massive May 20 tornado in the special “OKC Thunder: Heart of the City” at 6 p.m. Friday.
Superstar singer and song writer Toby Keith, a Moore native, narrates the inspirational story about the team's response to the tragedy, which included visiting victims after the tornado, hosting a team scrimmage in Moore and providing funds to rebuild outdoor basketball courts at several schools.
In this 30-minute NBA TV Originals special, Keith, whose mother and sister still reside in Moore, brings a personal touch to the story as he reflects on the impact the storm had on his family and the significance of the Thunder's commitment to the community.
Demonstrating its continued support to the city months after the tornado, the Thunder conducted a training camp practice at Westmoore High school on Oct. 13 as a sign that the Thunder would be there for the residents as they continued to get back on their feet. General manager Sam Presti and guard Russell Westbrook addressed the crowd.
“This was an opportunity to see a community come together again,” Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said. “I think that this was one of the most important things I've seen since I was mayor.”
The special also looked at the Thunder's rise to becoming one of the league's top teams and its unique team unity.
Star forward Kevin Durant credited the team's philosophy of “just bringing in guys that put the team first.”
“As the days add up and the years add up you start to building something special,” forward Nick Collison said.
The program also discusses how the team's success has unified Oklahoma sports fans often divided by college allegiances.