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Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Updated: October 9, 8:29 AM ET
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
"You got laid off?" "Yea, but I think I'll land on my feet with the Thunder." "Ugh, it rains a lot there." "What?"
In our neverending quest to provide content that's both informative
entertaining, we're rolling out a 'Fun Facts' on every NBA team. No idea what that means? Check out the entries for the
. Up now: the
Oklahoma City Thunder
, also known as The Team That Abandoned (depends on how you look at it) The Emerald City. We'll keep it fun, though. We promise.
their new jerseys
last month. Let's just say we're
Hey-O! We're here all week. Seriously. Try the veal. 2. Fans will have to wait for a mascot though.
The team has no plans to debut one until the All-Star Break at the earliest.
Maybe they can take
mascot, who's now out of work.
It would make sense. His name is Thunder.
3. Oklahoma City first became an NBA city back in 2005. It hosted the
New Orleans Hornets
for two seasons after Hurricane Katrina, and
was so impressed by fan turnout that he moved it to the
top of the relocation list.
4. Stern did his homework:
The Sporting News
ranks Oklahoma City as the 79th best sports city
. (Just as a reference point, Seattle checks in at 32…) Should be noted that the rankings were done
the team moved, though.
is one of the more…colorful centers in the league.
At least his hair matches his new uniform.
6. You think the NBA will ever
7. How soon before all of the old Sonics merchandise floods eBay?
They're practically giving the stuff away.
8. Rookie guard
is the cousin of
9. Because it will be played at every single game at the Thunder's home arena the Ford Center,
here's a link to
ESPN The Magazine
a look at the five biggest issues facing the team right now.