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Welcome to Oklahoma: OKC Thunder, meet Mr. Tornado

By John Rohde Modified: February 13, 2009 at 12:28 am •  Published: February 13, 2009

/> They had enough problems. They were hours away from playing the NBA’s best team — the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Thunder director of basketball communications Brian Facchini was with the team and said players first learned of tornado warnings shortly after the team’s late-morning shoot-around session.

In what could be considered an odd blessing, the Thunder is an extremely young team. Few players are married with children.

Injured veteran Desmond Mason accompanied the team to L.A. and brought his family alongside.

By the time the Thunder reconvened to go to the STAPLES Center for the game, the storms already had passed through greater Oklahoma City.

"People were calling home to make sure everything was all right,” Facchini said.

Power temporarily was lost at the Thunder’s practice facility on North Lincoln Boulevard.

"To the best of my knowledge, everybody’s homes are OK,” Facchini said. "A couple of places had damage on their property or near their property, but their homes were not damaged.”

Nothing left to do but wait for the next one.

So, once again Thunder, "Welcome to Oklahoma.”

Remember the two golden rules.

John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

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