Last year, Thunder fans grabbed national attention and widespread accolades for their spontaneous standing ovation following the final game of the season, when a Lakers win in Oklahoma City closed out our team’s 2010 playoff run.
With this season’s run coming to a close away from our home court, our fans didn’t have that same opportunity to thank our team with a final outpouring of chants and cheers.
No, they didn’t have the same opportunity - but they created an opportunity anyway.
Scores of fans left their houses after the game and drove, in the middle of the night, to the Oklahoma City airport because they wanted to make sure their team ended the night with a generous thank-you from the fans.
One of those fans, Dennis, recorded the experience and posted it this morning. It is a heart-lifting display of love and appreciation for this team that is truly unique to our community of fans. The still says a lot; the video speaks even louder (literally and figuratively):
We know how exceptional this is. We know how uniquely strong the connection is between our fans and our team.
I know our fans didn’t do this for more attention, but I strongly suspect a lot of people are going to take notice.
- Karina Henderson