As I continue to watch the NBA playoffs, I continue to hear people (most prominently the ESPN and TNT broadcasters) refer to the OKC fans as the best fans in the NBA. I’m not sure about the rest of you all but I am very tired of hearing about how the Oklahoma City Thunder fans are the best in basketball.(Hear my rant after the jump...)
When this team moved from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008 they had ONE year of not reaching the playoffs and ended with a record of 23-59 (After starting 3-29 on the season, I might add). That means OKC fans had to go through one losing season. Damn. must be tough
Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to be a ‘hater’, good for them and I wish them continued success in the future. And of course their happy, this small market city is excited about having a professional team in town and their going all out to support them. All I’m saying is that they haven’t even been able to even prove themselves yet. These fans were handed a playoff ready team on a silver platter- along with a player by the name of Kevin Durant. As far as I’m concerned you don’t prove yourselves as fans until shit hits the fan. One day (far from now) they will go through
another a rebuilding phase. All I’m saying is let’s see how they fare when their team isn’t as good. I’m not saying they wont support their team during tough times, shit I think they will, but lets at least give them a chance to prove it.
I sure hope they never have to go through what we (King fans) have to go through (or Seattle fans had to for a different matter). Let’s see if they all remain loyal after multiple losing seasons. I hope they never have to try to remain loyal after their owners refuse to spend a dollar to use all the cap space they have. I hope they never have to try to remain loyal after their owners try to move the team. I hope they never have to try to remain loyal after their owners agree to a deal to keep the team in town (not to mention with free money being given from NBA) and then absolutely sabotage the deal. I hope they never have to go as far as to step away from basketball and focus on something far more then even basketball, focusing on the city, focusing not on remaining in the playoffs, but remaining at all.