Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Mascot Night Tonight, Fans Win Thanks To Durant, Familiar Faces at Ford Center

Big time at the Ford Center tonight as the Thunder get ready to unveil our new mascot. We were at the arena until 12:15 last night rehearsing for the big event and I will be sure to include pictures on the next post.

All Star weekend came and went and it was quite the coming out party for Kevin Durant Friday night as he scored 46 points in the NBA sophomores vs rookies All Star game. The Thunder put on a watch party at Coach's, a sports bar up in Edmond which included appearances from our Drum Team, a few Thunder Girls and our in house M.C. The Thunder had 3 players participating in the game (Durant and Green for the sophomores and Westbrook for the rookies) and a drawing was held for a free pair of tickets each time one of our players scored a basket. Fortunately our staff brought along plenty of tickets as many fans were winners thanks to Durant's hot shooting.

Last week's tornado caused me to not write about the previous weekend's events. We had a 3 game home stand last week that included Denver on the 4th, Portland on the 6th and Sacramento on the 8th. All 3 teams have familiar faces which made the games fun. The highlight of the Denver game was getting a chance to say hello to Assistant Coach Tim Grgurich after the game. "Coach Grg" was an assistant coach under George Karl in Seattle during the 90s and has always been very friendly to me over the years whenever I see him at games. I don't really know the coach other than years of seeing him at team functions and in the halls of the Key Arena but he always recognizes me and makes it a point to ask me how things are going. He is one of the true good guys in the league and I always enjoy the opporuntity to say hello.

Portland's Strength Coach is Bob Medina who was also on Karl's staff back in the 90s and I enjoyed a chance to catch up with him for a few minutes when the TrailBlazers came to the Ford Center. Bob is another really good guy and it was nice to hear life is treating him well. Also enjoyed seeing Nate McMillan and Brandon Roy walking through the arena as the "206" was well represented.

Sacramento's Strength Coach is my buddy Daniel Shapiro, another former Sonics employee. The Kings flew in on Saturday afternoon for our Sunday game which meant I was able to take Daniel out to Club Rodeo where a bunch of us were celebrating a co-workers birthday. Daniel is also a Seattle native so hanging out at a bar with a bullriding area was a new experience for him. I've included a handful of pictures on the post of our trip to Club Rodeo. One thing I didn't get a picture of was the suit that Kings player Spencer Hawes was wearing before and after the game. Hawes is a Seattle native and former UW player and wore a yellow suit with a green and yellow Space Needle tie.
Here is a picture of my buddy Stephen playing drums behind his back at Coach's during halftime of the Sophomores vs Rookies game.

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