A First for OKC Thunder Fans: Boo Birds

by November 20, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

Ever since they landed in Oklahoma City, the local pro hoops team had heard nothing but polite clapping and words of encouragement from the hometown folks. As you know, of course, nothing lasts forever, and last night was a turning point in the relationship between the ticket buyers and the ballers.

The mood inside the Thunder’s gym finally turned sour; twelve games into the honeymoon, the fans at last voiced their displeasure. Can you blame them? The home team was getting spanked by the Clippers.

From The Oklahoman:

With 2:50 remaining in the third quarter Wednesday night, Thunder fans no longer could contain their frustration. So they did the unthinkable.

They booed.

For two full seasons while hosting the displaced Hornets, local NBA fans never booed the home team.

Though OKC went on to lose by 20, the peanut gallery found it in their hearts to offer the players some encouragement as they made their way back to the locker room.

Losers of nine straight, and quite possibly headed towards one of the worst seasons in League history, the Thunder players can expect scenes similar to last night to repeatedly play out this year – at least until those folks stop caring altogether, and just no longer show up to the arena.