'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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.