Oklahoma City Thunder Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The preseason for the NBA's 2015-16 starts for the Oklahoma City Thunder when they will face the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi center on October 8th. The preason for the Thunder includes 2 away games, back to back, where they will play Dallas Mavericks, along with Denver. Their first home rally will welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City on October 14th, 2014. As the regular season begins, the Thunder will start with an away game facing Portland Trailblazers on October 29th. The regular season also begins on the road, with back to back away games. The big season game appears to be when they face the 2014 Champions, the San Antonio Spurs on Christmas Day. The Thunder face several back to back games this season, including the early weeks of the season with 6 back to back away games within the first few weeks of the season. The second half of the season welcomes more home games for the Thunder.
Oklahoma City Thunder Roster
With Scott Brooks returning as head coach, and the big star players returning as the core of the team, there is an addition that could be a nice tweak to the starting lineup. The starting lineup could potentially be Russell Westbrook at Point Guard, Kevin Durant at Small Forward, unless Kendrick Perkins is healthy enough to start at Center, there would be a new player in the starting lineup with Steven Adams. Starting Power Forward is Nick Collison and Shooting Guard would be Jeremy Lamb. The Thunder has four rookies on the roster this year including Semaj Christon, Point Guard who comes from Xavier University, Josh Huestis, Small Forward from Stanford University, Grant Jerrett, Point Forward, Arizona University and Mitch McGary, Power Forward from University of Michigan. The Thunder has a nice experience level on the team, which will help shape the rookies and show the veterans true championship contender experience. With the roster including many return players, the team should deliver an exciting season.
Oklahoma City Thunder Fan Experience
The Chesapeake Energy Arena which is located in Downtown, Oklahoma City is formerly known as the Ford Center and then the Oklahoma City Arena. The arena was built in 2002, and underwent improvements in 2007 when the city acquired the Seattle SuperSonics. The arena has 18,203 seats, which merely seems enough for the continued sold out games played by the Thunder. The arena barely met the specification requirements by the NBA upon the acquisition of the SuperSonics. The facility is 581,000 sq ft, and features 3,380 club seats, seven party suites, 49 private suites. It also features several local restaurants and is located near Bricktown, the city's premier nightlife area. The Chesapeake Energy arena continues to undergo renovations and plans to be within the top tier of NBA stadiums across the country.
Oklahoma City Thunder Trivia
The Oklahoma City Thunder are the first profession team of the state, the Seattle SuperSonics name was changed once the city acquired them in 2008. The Thunder has a bison as a mascot, which has nothing to do with thunder, other than his name being Rumble, but the bison happens to be the state's animal. The D League team, Tulsa 66ers is named after Route 66. The Thunder is the NBA's newest team and has been with the league since 2008.
Oklahoma City Thunder History
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a result of the Seattle SuperSonic being acquired by a marketing team in Oklahoma City. There were no other professional teams in the state at this point. The city tasted what hosting an NBA team could be like when the New Orleans Hornets temporarily played there after Hurricane Katrina, it made the city hungry for a team of their own. The Thunder debuted in the 2008-09 season, which they played in Billings, Montana. The team struggled as they attempted to build something from the ground and do it with a very young and professionally inexperienced team. However, the 2009-10 season was the beginning of many repeat appearances in the NBA playoffs. The team has been to the playoffs consecutively for 5 seasons, resulting in 3 semifinal championships, 1 conference final championship and 1 NBA Final appearance. The team also boasts the 2014 NBA MVP and scoring champion and NBA All-Star team member, Kevin Durant, the league's 2014 Coach of the Year, Scott Brooks. Also award holders for 2014 season include Serge Ibaka, NBA All-Defensive First Team and Steven Adams, NBA Second Rookie Team.
Oklahoma City Thunder Fan Info
The fans of Oklahoma City Thunder are known to adorn blue faces, and bring an energy that upholds the arena's name, Chesapeake Energy arena. The fans can be seen sporting Kevin Durant jersey's, #35, T-shirts, tennis shoes, there have even been ladies who have high heels decorated to show their love for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They pack out the arena game after game, never leaving many open seats. They roar as the thunder of Oklahoma thunderstorm. The state is known for unpredictable weather and so are the fans, once the roar begins, it's almost like it causes roaring throughout downtown Oklahoma City. The city supports the team with such excitement, that local corporations have Thunder days at work, meaning anytime the Thunder play feel free to come in all of your Thunder gear to cheer on the home team. The mobile NBA store and Rumble, the Bison, the mascot are seen all through the city mingling with the fans, which is probably why they love and cheer the Thunder on the way they do.
Oklahoma City Thunder Rumors
It's been rumored Reggie Jackson could become a free agent next Summer, cited by the Sports World Report. Also, could Kendrick Perkins be up for grabs, as well? Well, the Sport World Report says this could be happening. Based on changes in the starting lineup, Perkins has been benched, due to injuries and Steven Adams has been given the starting job. Rumors of Michael Jenkins being offered a deal for training camp could be true as the free agent has struck a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Could Rajon Rondo be traded to Oklahoma City from Boston? Potentially Reggie Jackson and Kendrick Perkins would free up the finances to make the deal happen, otherwise financially the deal may not be feasible. These are rumors to follow closely as the preseason lurks in the comings weeks. Also rumored is that this could very well be the year the Thunder will win the NBA Championship.