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.