Room with a Thunder View

Colby Turner doesn’t have to go far to soak in the atmosphere of Thunder Basketball.

All he has to do is wake up.

When Colby was out of town visiting his grandparents earlier this summer, Lori Turner surprised her 8-year-old son by transforming the boy’s bedroom into a Thunder shrine.

“We moved into our home last April, and I’m really big on decorating,” explained Lori. “I wanted to surprise each kid with a new room while they were out of town.”

Lori’s brother contributed a Fathead wall graphic of Kevin Durant, while she got busy adding shelves to house Colby’s growing sports-memorabilia collection. She painted the room Thunder blue and even added paintings of a scoreboard and Love’s Loud City.

“I also sewed a basketball valance and painted his bulletin board,” Lori said. “They day the Fathead arrived, my brother came over on his lunch break and we put it on the wall. Once we were done, it looked amazing.”

After a week, Colby returned home. His parents and older sister ushered him into his new and improved bedroom.

“As he looked around, he kept saying, ‘Wow, mom, I love it!’” Lori recalled.

“He would say this randomly over the next few days as well, and told me how he thought it was cool that he woke up and saw K.D. every morning. His friends said it’s ‘pretty cool,’ which, coming from them and an 8-year-old boy is great.”

The project even earned kudos from Colby’s aunt, a Californian who is a committed Los Angeles Lakers fan.

“She hated to admit it, but even though it wasn’t purple and gold, she still liked Colby’s room,” Lori said.

As for the Turners, Lori said the family is solidly behind the Thunder.

“Win or lose, we like these guys based on their hard work and dedication to the Thunder,” she said. “Colby has always thought it was awesome that the players live in the same city he does. He still asks me from time to time if we can invite Kevin Durant over to play with him.”

Thunder rooms can be found in cyberspace, too, such as the online, interactive community known as THUNDERALLY.

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.


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