MICHAEL BREGMAN

New York in a Thunder State of Mind

Richard and Fern Bregman are longtime New York Knicks fans, not surprising given that these Manhattan residents are Knicks season ticket holders. But fan loyalty doesn’t appear to run in the family, as son Michael is devoted to a team that plays in a city nearly 1,500 miles away.

The 15-year-old boy is a dyed-in-the-wool Thunder enthusiast.

Richard said his son keeps up on every aspect of the team. “He loves Sam Presti and Scott Brooks, plots out personnel moves, potential matchups against rivals and just loves everything Thunder,” he said.

Michael doesn’t shy away from his long-distance obsession.

“Every day I check the Internet to make sure I’m 100 percent sure of what is going on,” he said.

“I also watch all of the Thunder games online if they are not on television. During basketball season, my life basically revolves around the Thunder. I try to plan out my homework, dinner, and shower so I don’t have to miss much of a game. Everything I do at night is rushed so I can fit it all into [the length of] a commercial.”

Twice he has had the occasion to see the Thunder in person, when the team has been in New York to face the Knicks. Michael was at Madison Square Garden both times, proudly wearing his Russell Westbrook jersey and cheering as loud as he could for the visiting team.

“It’s a lot of fun to scream your head off and be the only kid in the crowd doing so for the ‘away’ team,” he said.

Eventually, Michael added, he hopes to see the team compete on their home turf.

“My mother promised she would take me to OKC for a game as long as I keep my grades in school up,” he said.

From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, Thunder enthusiasts congregate on THUNDERALLY, an online, interactive community for Thunder fans.

Phil Bacharach is the Director of Corporate Communications for the Thunder. He is looking for die-hard Thunder fans throughout the world. If you or somebody you know bleeds Thunder blue, contact Phil by clicking here.