What's in a name?

Published: July 21, 2008
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How does "Oklahoma City Thunder” strike you as a name for our NBA team?

"Well, we play against the Wichita Thunder, and I don't like them. A lot of it will have to do with how they market it, but thunder and lightning are certainly something we have a lot of in Oklahoma. Of course, we're named after a sportscoat. ... I just hope our mascot could kick the crap out of theirs.” — Oklahoma City Blazers hockey coach Doug Sauter

"I really haven't even thought about that at all. I still thought they were called the Sonics. I just haven't paid any attention to it.” — Jessica Adams, Heritage Hall girls basketball player

"I guess it's appropriate. I've seen some pretty impressive weather down this way. I know there's been a lot ofcontroversy about the team moving here, but I'm excited about seeing an NBA team here.”

John Mayberry Jr., RedHawks left fielder

"They could've named it the Warthogs, and I'd have been all over it. I'm so excited to have the NBA here. Of course, I named a basketball team something that nobody could pronounce.” — Chip Land, former owner of the CBA's Oklahoma City Cavalry

"I'm not a big NBA fan, but as a team name it sounds fine to me.

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