Posted on May 16, 2011 at 4:56 PM
Monday, May 16 at 5:17 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - In the last three seasons, the state of Oklahoma has endorsed the Thunder.
“It’s sort of like you have the Oklahoma State fans and the Oklahoma fans united," says KWTV sports anchor Dean Blevins. "They usually hate each other so they don't usually come together and here they've come together."
Oklahomans usually don't have much love for Texans unless you’re Thunder forward Kevin Durant who's been accepted as part of their family despite playing college basketball at Texas.
"I don't like Texas but I'm glad he's here," says Thunder fan Tony Rucker.
"He knew a good state when he found one. He had to leave there," says Thunder fan Jay Wehba.
"He's still a longhorn fans but we love him anyway," says Thunder fan Dominique Williams. "He plays for the Thunder. We'll keep him."
"I think his heart is in Texas but I think he likes it in Oklahoma now," says Thunder fan Joe Carter.
Texas and Oklahoma have played each other in football in the Red River Rivalry since 1900. Now the rivalry between the two states has a chance to take on a new level in the Western Conference finals.
"I guess it's good. Its close," says Thunder guard James Harden. "People can drive to the games and stuff like that but like I said, it should be a fun game. We're ready."
"I'm sure there will be a lot of OKC fans trying to get in the building in Dallas and vice versa," says Thunder forward Nick Collison. "But both places have good crowds. There might not be many seats available."
"We'll see," says Thunder center Kendrick Perkins. "I don't know about that but we'll see. You can always tell by the first game."
Whether its basketball or football, there is one thing that never changes and that's the dislike between the two states.
Thunder fan Jay Johnson doesn't hide his hate. "With a religious hate sir, I hate to say it, but it’s very serious sir."
Thunder fan Perry Adams summed it up best. "I was in Las Vegas not too long ago and people would come up to me and ask me if I was from Texas, and I didn't hit him, but I said I'm going to give you one more chance to tell me where you think I’m from. They catch Oklahoma every time," he says.