Thunder tickets hot in OKC

Even the NBA lockout can’t kill excitement and anticipation in Oklahoma City, where the Thunder already are having a banner year at the box office without playing a game.

Oklahoma City fans have responded to the Thunder by , according to the Oklahoman.

Only the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston, Chicago and New York have sold all of their season tickets heading into the 2011-12 season.

The Thunder’s trip to the Western Conference Finals last season obviously has stoked hoop excitement in the Sooner State.

It says something about the strength of small-market franchises, although it never hurts to have entertaining star players like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to help market your product.

And it’s proving that Oklahoma fans have a deeper interest in sports than another Oklahoma football blowout or Mike Gundy’s latest rantings at Oklahoma State.

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