Opening night

The sights around the first Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game were as much of a spectacle as the sights on the court. By the end of the first quarter, it was better to keep an eye on who was in the stands than who was making bank shots (because it sure wasn’t the Thunder).

Sitting courtside under one basket were the owners who brought NBA to Oklahoma City, Clay Bennett and Aubrey McClendon. Majority owner Bennett enjoyed watching his team in his home town while McClendon enjoyed a box of popcorn.

The gov and first babe had nice seats, next to Bennett.

Former (and disgraced) OU men’s basketball coach Kelvin Sampson had a safe seat in the Ford Center, on the Milwaukee Bucks bench. He is now an assistant coach for the Bucks, about the only job he can get these days.

But the most intriguing seating arrangement was right behind the Thunder’s bench. Oklahoma State University president Burns Hargis sat behind the bench. And sitting next to Hargis was OU Athletic Director Joe Castiglione. So where was OSU athletic director Mike Holder? About three rows back from Hargis and Castiglione.

Oh, and the Thunder lost their first franchise game 98-87. “Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper

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