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Title: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on October 09, 2019, 03:28:23 pm

Oklahoma got its first glimpse of the Thunder in Monday's preseason game before an enthusiastic crowd of 12,055 inside the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa.

                         Oklahoma City Thunder's Abel Nader drives to the basket around Dallas Mavericks' Isaiah Roby during a preseason NBA basketball game in Tulsa, Okla.,
                         Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Dave Crenshaw)(Dave Crenshaw / AP)--Dallas Morning News.

     TULSA, Okla. — Isaiah Roby’s final statistics from his first game with the Mavericks included two points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 17 minutes.

     What didn’t show in the box score from Tuesday’s 119-104 preseason loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder?

     Days worth of off-court learning for the rookie second-round pick.

     The curve started Monday afternoon, when Roby first boarded the team’s private plane. When he played the last three seasons at Nebraska, the team traveled well, Roby said,
     but the Mavericks in-flight menu to Tulsa included California rolls.

     “Sushi on a plane?” Roby said. “In college, we were fighting for granola bars.”

     Then hours before the preseason opener Tuesday, Roby walked onto the BOK Center court to take warm-up shots and saw Jeff Van Gundy preparing his notes for ESPN’s
     game broadcast.

     Roby had one thought.

     “That’s when it’s like, ‘It’s finally here,’” Roby said.

     Roby’s $1.5 million cap hit this season — part of the four-year, $6.7 million contract he signed this summer — will be the largest salary a player selected in the second round
     of the draft out of college has earned in his first NBA season.

     But his debut didn’t come without lapses.

     Roby hasn’t yet had a chance to develop a pregame routine. When he walked out of the training room before the game Tuesday, he realized he was 45 minutes ahead of
     schedule because the Mavericks have different benchmarks than he found a rhythm with in college.

     And he made just one of his six shot attempts from the field, including neither of his two tries from three, after entering the game midway through the third quarter.

     “At 46 in the draft, he’s a steal,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “But this is a big learning game for him, and it’s pretty clear the things he’s got to do. He’s got to keep refining his
     long-range shot and get used to the NBA reads.”

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     Dallas Mavericks vs Oklahoma City Thunder - Full Highlights | October 8, 2019: (

Title: Re: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on December 01, 2019, 04:40:26 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder are going thru an era of challenge post Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka & Harden era.  
NBA support has been strong since relocation of the NBA's Supersonics to OKC in 2008.  Thunder have enjoyed 392 consecutive sellouts since 2010 as of this day.  
Much of that support include season ticket sales & ticket packages from Tulsa & Wichita.

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Oklahoma City 2018 Urban & MSA population is estimated at 650,000 & 1.4 million respectively.  Standards dictate that it takes 1 million population per major league sport (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL) to adequately support a major league sport.

Current efforts to address upgrades to Chesapeake Energy Arena to make it a viable NBA venue will include the passage of $104 million in renovation to our arena.



Price tag:  $115 million of a MAPS 4 initiative total of $978 million that will be presentation before OKC voters December 10 of this year.

          MAPS 4 Initiatives:

                          Parks ($140 million)
                          Youth Centers ($110 million)
                          Senior Wellness Centers ($30 million)
                          Mental Health and Addiction ($40 million)
                          Family Justice Center operated by Palomar ($38 million)
                          Transit ($87 million)
                          Sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and streetlights ($87 million)
                          Homelessness ($50 million)
                          Chesapeake Energy Arena and related facilities ($115 million)
                          Animal Shelter ($38 million)
                          Fairgrounds Coliseum ($63 million)
                          Diversion Hub ($17 million)
                          Innovation District ($71 million)
                          Freedom Center and Clara Luper Civil Rights Center ($25 million)
                          Beautification ($30 million)
                          Multipurpose Stadium ($37 million)

Many fans & posters are concerned about the team's competitiveness beginning the rebuilding; seen as a reset for the franchise.  It will be crucial for our community to support these initiatives to keep our largest indoor venue up-to-date.

Title: Re: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on December 01, 2019, 04:50:40 pm
Just want to mention that the $115 million earmarked for the Arena upgrades includes $11 million in renovations to the City-owned Thunder's NBA practice facility.

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Title: Re: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on December 11, 2019, 12:33:57 pm

Chesapeake Energy Arena
Thunder Practice Facility

Oklahoma City voters overwhelming approved a 16 project package $978 million  MAPS 4  initiative by a 70% 'Yes' vote to include $115 million in improvements to the Chesapeake Energy Arena ($104 million) and Thunder Practice Facility ($11 million) in upgrades.  

This vote of confidence coupled with the recent 2017 (13 bond propositions) passage of the $967 million General Obligation Bonds will infuse $1.9 billion in new construction for  streets, bridges, transit construction & capital improvement projects.  Construction will span 2020-2028.

               2020 MAPS 4 Initiative ($978 million) : (
               2017 Bond Package ($967 million): (

Title: Re: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on December 20, 2019, 10:11:52 pm

                              Oklahoma City Thunder reach .500


                        Box score: (http://"")

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Title: Re: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on February 12, 2020, 02:22:33 am

   NBA Teams Values 2020

   Here’s the full list of NBA franchise valuations, per Forbes:

          _1.  New York Knicks: $4.6 billion
          _2.  Los Angeles Lakers: $4.4 billion
          _3.  Golden State Warriors: $4.3 billion
          _4.  Chicago Bulls: $3.2 billion
          _5.  Boston Celtics: $3.1 billion
          _6.  Los Angeles Clippers: $2.6 billion
          _7.  Brooklyn Nets: $2.5 billion
          _8.  Houston Rockets: $2.475 billion
          _9.  Dallas Mavericks: $2.4 billion
          10.  Toronto Raptors: $2.1 billion

          11.  Philadelphia 76ers: $2 billion
          12.  Miami Heat: $1.95 billion
          13.  Portland Trail Blazers: $1.85 billion
          14.  San Antonio Spurs: $1.8 billion
          15.  Sacramento Kings: $1.775 billion
          16.  Washington Wizards: $1.75 billion
          17.  Phoenix Suns: $1.625 billion
          18.  Denver Nuggets: $1.6 billion
          19.  Milwaukee Bucks: $1.58 billion
          20.  Oklahoma City Thunder: $1.575 billion

          21.  Utah Jazz: $1.55 billion
          22.  Indiana Pacers: $1.525 billion
          23.  Atlanta Hawks: $1.52 billion
          24.  Cleveland Cavaliers: $1.51 billion
          25.  Charlotte Hornets: $1.5 billion
          26.  Detroit Pistons: $1.45 billion
          27.  Orlando Magic: $1.43 billion
          28.  Minnesota Timberwolves: $1.375 billion
          29.  New Orleans Pelicans: $1.35 billion
          30.  Memphis Grizzlies: $1.3 billion

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Title: Re: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on March 05, 2020, 04:08:18 pm
Thunder @ Knicks

Madison Square Garden, New York City
Friday, March 6, 2020, 6:30 PM
TV/Radio: FSOK/98.1 FM

OKC - Darius Bazley (SF), A. Roberson (SG), (2) Day-To-Day

Player Injury/Status Report

NYK - M. Robinson (C) Day-To-Day, D. Smith Jr. (PG), K. Allen (SG) (2) Out

20 games remain, 8 Home, 12 Away

Title: Re: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on June 26, 2020, 10:54:27 pm
Thunder vs. Jazz -  2:30 p.m.,CT,  Saturday, August 1, 2020 in Orlando.  All Thunder games on Fox Sports Oklahoma

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Title: Re: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on July 05, 2020, 01:25:31 pm
Rockets' Russell Westbrook to produce docuseries about 1921 Tulsa race massacre



Title: Re: National Basketball Association
Post by: Laramie on July 05, 2020, 01:33:13 pm
OKC signs fan favorite Dort to multiyear contract


Thunder re-sign Luguentz Dort, 21, to multiyear deal (