This the the first in what might become a small series. Who knows. I just know that I started thinking the other day and for whatever reason, this game still sticks out in my mind as one of my favorites ever. So I’m revisiting.
October 30, 2009. The Oklahoma City Thunder are miraculously 1-0 heading into a road game against the Pistons. You see, the word “miraculous” truly fits in this circumstance. The season before — Oklahoma City’s maiden voyage into the NBA — the team started out 1-12 which eventually ballooned to 2-23 which eventually swelled to 3-29, the lowest of low points thus far for this franchise.
So to have one win in the bag already felt nice. And surprising. It was the home opener, a blowout of the Kings. The Thunder looked pretty solid, but then again, it was the Kings.
It’s almost hard to track back to that time where a single, lone win felt important. But that’s how it was in 2009. Just getting that home opening win was massive because it meant the team just needed three more before Jan. 1 to get off to a better start this year than the last. Progress, as you might say. Baby steps, indeed, but steps nonetheless. That was the mission in Season 2 with the Thunder. Make another step forward. Move ahead, even just a little. The 2008-09 season ended with the team 23-59, kind of a respectable mark because of, you know, 3-29. There was a little reason to hope for something better, for a little sunshine. I think I had the Thunder winning 36 games for the season or something like that. And even I felt like that was horrifically optimistic. Keep Reading…