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'WE MADE IT': 10 YEARS OF THUNDER BASKETBALL

THE DATE—and the three words associated with it—is locked in our collective memory. On July 2, 2008, when Clay Bennett stepped to the lectern set up inside the Skirvin hotel and opened a press conference with the words "We made it," it was clear Oklahoma City would never the same. To commemorate this historic time frame, okcthunder.com captured favorite memories over the past decade. So check back daily as we share the defining moments of Thunder Basketball. | READ MORE


DEFINING MOMENTS

Defining Moments

Ten seasons of Thunder Basketball are complete, with each one providing multiple events that helped strengthen the foundation. Their inclusion in our list might be debatable, but their significance to our timeline is undeniable.

TEAM & PLAYERS

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We marvel at their athleticism and resiliency, their passion and heart. Thunder players have produced a never-ending list of highlights and moments that have helped forge the special bond between the franchise and its fan.

PLAYOFF MEMORIES

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The NBA Playoffs bring a wave of excitement like no other time of the year. Banners go up on buildings and billboards all over town, windows are painted with words of encouragement and offices rallying their employees wear blue on game days.

FIXTURE IN THE COMMUNITY

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The Thunder made a commitment early to make an impact in the community. A lot of memories were created and traditions established that helped cement the phrase Thunder Cares.

PARTNERS IN THUNDER

Partners in Thunder

Twenty-six sponsors have been with the Thunder through all 10 season. Their financial support for the Thunder is vital, their contribution to the game night experience is essential.

LOYAL & LOUD

Loyal and Loud

The NBA-watching world is well aware of the special bond that exists between the Thunder and its loyal (and loud!) fans. It is a relationship we cherish and never take for granted.

ARENAS & FACILITIES

Even before the inaugural 2008-09 season tipped off, the Thunder and the city of Oklahoma City worked together with one common goal: to give fans the best possible game experience.

NOW THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT

Halftime Entertainment

From local acts to national performers, from celebrities in the crowd to new features, the Thunder pulls out all the stops to ensure its game-night experience is a visual and audio treat for fans of all ages.

STAFF MEMORIES

Staff Memories

Work hard, play hard. At the Thunder business office, one more entry is needed: laugh hard. We share a commitment to the fan-centric mission of delivering a first-class experience.

THE LIGHTER SIDE

Lighter Side

Sports are fun to play, to watch, to follow or to discuss as an integral part of our daily entertainment. They also offer those hilarious, spontaneous moments that take on a life of their own, especially over the years.

EMBRACING THE CHALLENGE

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With 10th season of Thunder Basketball in the books, our panel reveals the early obstables, excitement and pride in building a brand from scratch to make Oklahoma proud.


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