Thunder Connects with Its Fans Over All-Star Weekend

Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 - The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today it will host events in Oklahoma City and Dallas over All-Star Weekend in which fans will be able to watch the events and celebrate the Thunder’s participation in the weekend. In addition, the Thunder website will feature a special All-Star site and fans will be asked to participate in a series of live, interactive online chats throughout the weekend. Oklahoma City is being represented at All-Star weekend by Thunder players Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Oklahoma City Watch Parties
All-Star Weekend watch parties, presented by Budweiser, are scheduled on Friday and Sunday evenings in Oklahoma City, both at Fox and Hound at 3031 W. Memorial Rd. They will feature in-game entertainment and giveaways including tickets and Thunder merchandise. Rumble and the Thunder Girls will appear at both. The parties are free and open to all fans ages 21 or over.

Friday’s event will be held to watch the Rookie Challenge game, featuring Thunder guards Westbrook and Harden. That party begins at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can come back to Fox and Hound on Sunday for a watch party celebrating Durant’s first All-Star Game appearance. Sunday’s watch party begins at 6:30 p.m., with the game tipping off at 7:00 p.m. live on TNT. The telecast will be viewed by approximately seven million Americans, with millions more watching around the world in more than 200 countries and in more than 40 languages.

Dallas Thunder All-Star Experience
Thunder fans making the trip to Dallas for All-Star Weekend are invited to the "Thunder Experience" pregame stop before the All-Star game beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. It will be held in the Texas Rangers Ballpark parking Lot A (between Randol Mill Rd. and Cowboys' Way). Fans are encouraged to look for the large Thunder flag and stop by for the chance to win a Durant All-Star jersey, team-autographed ball or courtside tickets to the Thunder vs. Mavericks game on Feb. 16. Thunder items will be given away and fans can sign a special large greeting card for Kevin Durant, wishing him congratulations on being named to the team. More than 90,000 fans are expected to watch the game at Cowboys Stadium, the most ever to watch a live basketball game.

Thunder All-Star Online
The Thunder website will feature a special All-Star page with complete coverage of the Thunder players’ participation in the weekend. Thunder Basketball writer Chris Silva and the web team will be in Dallas with the players, providing blogs, video, photos and more from the events. Silva will also lead online chats on Friday night from the Rookie Challenge Game, Saturday night from the Slam Dunk competition and other events, and Sunday from the All-Star game itself. Chatters can join the live online discussion by going to the website, thunder.nba.com. Special Thunder All-Star updates will be sent from the team’s Twitter page (twitter.com/okcthunder) and Facebook fan page (facebook.com/thunderfans).

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Dan Mahoney (405) 474-4406, dmahoney@thunder-nba.com
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