Video via Nate Robinson
As soon as the final horn sounded in Oklahoma City’s 133-123 Game 3 triple-overtime win, I had emails and tweets pouring in. When does the team arrive home? Can we meet them at the airport?
At that time, it was still about 1 a.m. CT and the team’s flight home from Memphis wouldn’t be in for a few more hours. Still, Thunder fans persisted. They were resilient with their support. Kind of like the team.
I did some checking and got the team’s arrival time and passed it along on Twitter. That arrival time — 3:30 a.m. That didn’t stop roughly 40-50 Thunder fans from still showing up and welcoming the team back early Tuesday morning. That’s impressive, insane and a whole lot of other things but most of all, just shows you how dedicated and committed to these guys Thunder fans are. People love this team. It’s just… real.
Every player sort of hobbled over to the chainlink fence that separates the runway and parking lot and high-fived each and every fan. Kendrick Perkins even said according to one person there, “We are going to bring a title home to you,” as he grinned ear to ear. Win it on the road and there will be quite the crowd there to greet you I’m sure.