The good people at the mothership have asked us TrueHoopers a simple question: Who is your second favorite team? Henry and Kevin compiled the result from the network and there’s a tasty post to read over at TrueHoop. Here’s my answer:
The idea of a second favorite team for Oklahoma City fans is a really weird one. Because in reality, the Thunder could really be considered a lot of OKC fans’ second-favorite team even now.
Some cling to the city’s first love, the Hornets. Some went with the closest regional team, the Mavericks. I didn’t have a previous favorite team so if anything, I was a Jordan leftover and still kind of rooted for the Bulls. But if there’s a team I secretly love besides my hometown Thunder, it’s the Trail Blazers. I love everything about them. The logo, the name, the uniforms, the players, the rabid supporters. It’s really what I envision happening to my team in my city, since we’re both one team professional towns. I’m jealous of what they’ve got and I hope the same kind of uprising hits Oklahoma City in full force soon.
I honestly was looking through the team list on NBA.com trying to figure out what my answer was. Who do I secretly root for? Did I pull for anyone I didn’t think I would in the playoffs? Who do I mind losing to the least? I never had a favorite team other than the Hornets for two years and when they left, so did my fandom. But like I said, the Trail Blazers are just a cool team to me.
A lot of it is envy for what they have. And when we get that here, I don’t think I’ll feel the same way anymore. But a lot of it is the huge respect I have for Brandon Roy. I’d say other than Thundermen, he’s got to be my second favorite player in the league right now.
So we ask you, who is your second favorite team? The Teacher, San Antonio? The Other-Kind-Of-Local-Team, the Mavericks? Or maybe it’s The Wagon, the Lakers? And OU or OSU don’t count. So what say you, Daily Thunderers?