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Twins Ruben, Jose Campos have conflicting allegiances for Thunder-Mavericks series

BY JENNI CARLSON Staff Writer jcarlson@opubco.com Published: May 17, 2011
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/articleid/3569041/1/pictures/1420868">Photo - Twins Jose, left, and Ruben Campos of Fort Worth Texas talk before game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Twins Jose, left, and Ruben Campos of Fort Worth Texas talk before game 1 of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA basketball playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tuesday, May 17, 2011. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Ruben loved the Thunder star when Durant was still a high school kid in Maryland. He loved Durant when he played for Texas, then Seattle and now Oklahoma City.

Tuesday was the first time Ruben had ever seen Durant play in person.

“You know what's crazy about it?” Jose said. “If Oklahoma City wouldn't have played in Dallas ... he'd have been in Oklahoma.”

Ruben said, “I was going to Oklahoma.”

Instead, Durant and the Thunder came to him. The brothers decided after Oklahoma City defeated Memphis on Sunday that they were going to see a game in Dallas. They called the ticket office, but the best available tickets were in the upper deck.

Ruben figured he'd rather stay home and watch on TV than sit that far away.

Then, the Campos brothers found some lower-level seats. Behind the basket. Section 124. Row C.

The cost: $1,100 per ticket.

“A lot,” Jose admitted. “It's worth it.”

He looked out at the players, so close that he could see their facial expressions.

“This is a beautiful seat,” he said. “I couldn't expect more.”

Ruben said, “Whether the Thunder wins or not, it's worth it.”


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