Thunder Assists Oklahoma’s Recovery
Oklahoma cheers on the Thunder. Now the Thunder is cheering on Oklahoma.
Oh, cheer’s not the right word. Cheering up is more like it. When Kevin Durant walked through neighborhoods with the American Red Cross, and Presti, Thabo Sefolosha, Scotty Brooks, Daniel Orton, Hasheem Thabeet and Russell Westbrook, crutches and all, toured the ravaged areas, I’d say it was the best moment of Oklahoma City’s seven NBA seasons.
Affinity for the Thunder is indisputable. Thunder gear made up maybe 10 percent of the wardrobe I saw worn by the displaced people milling around what once was their homes.
Big games and big shots and the NBA Finals are great fun. But when a few tall fellows, and a couple of short ones, can counter despair, can put smiles on faces and sparkles in eyes, well, that’s more valuable than a truckload of O’Brien trophies.
“It was moving for us because it became so clear that the resolve and the optimism that existed within these people was far greater than the devastation that they were standing on,” Presti said. “To see the perspective and the faith that existed, under the circumstances, was inspirational and truly made you want to be a better neighbor.”