Today I’m trying out a new series with my column to help Thunder fans learn an important aspect of being a true big league city. When we first were introduced to NBA basketball, the Hornets marketing team basically sold tickets by convincing Oklahoma City patrons to come out and watch the opposing team’s stars. More of their ticket solicitations involved pictures of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant than Chris Paul. Now that the Thunder are legitimately our team, that has tapered off. However, transitioning to becoming fanatics of the home team is just step one.
Step two is being openly hostile to the opposition.
That’s where we sort of fail. Oklahomans are just too nice. We want the Thunder to win, but we generally also wish the best for the opponent any other night. That needs to stop, and I’m going to help you.
Generally this series will outline five reasons you should hate another NBA team. Sometimes, that won’t be enough (teaser: the Lakers might merit a top-100). For the Jazz, who were my favorite team prior to their choice to pass over my draft crush, Chris Paul, and the unlikely chain of events that brought Paul to my hometown, five will be tough for me to accomplish. But that’s why I started with them. Keep Reading…