A Judge of Talent

For nearly 15 years, Judge Vicki Robertson has been on the bench of Oklahoma County District Court. But her gift for judging evidently includes all sorts of courts -- even the basketball kind.

As proof, the judge points to last year, when she was among those who heard Thunder General Manager Sam Presti address the Oklahoma County Bar as a guest speaker.

“I got to sit at his table. The Thunder had had an exhibition game and I said, ‘Sam, don’t cut Serge,’” she said with a laugh, referring to 6-foot-10 Thunder forward Serge Ibaka.

Judge Robertson pointed out that Ibaka went on to an impressive rookie season.

“I take credit for Serge personally,” she joked. “I think I was a pretty good judge of talent. I would say that I taught him the ‘Air Congo’ move, but I don’t think that’s right.”

Judge Robertson has had plenty of opportunities to see Ibaka and his teammates in action. A Season Ticket Member since the Thunder’s arrival in Oklahoma City, she has witnessed the dramatic impact that the NBA team has had on the community.

“After the playoffs, for example, it wasn’t so much the winning as it was the euphoria of the people,” she said.

“People were just excited. Everybody was high-fiving each other. We’ve always been a sports state between OU and OSU. It’s always been one against the other. The Thunder is something we can all unite behind -- and I think that is the big difference.”

Judge Robertson will retire from the bench at the end of the year, at which time she will continue to root on the Thunder in between her time spent golfing, skiing and scuba-diving.

Among the matchups she is particularly looking forward to next season will be Christmas night’s home game against the Denver Nuggets.

“I’ve just got to figure out how I can tell my sister at Christmas that we need to eat a little earlier so that I can get back from Dallas,” she said, laughing.

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