Last season Oklahoma City destroyed the Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Christmas Day
After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 playoffs, the NBA was put on watch about how good this Oklahoma City Thunder squad would turn out to be. The NBA made the smart move by putting the Thunder on their Christmas Day schedule.
Boy has it paid off. Oklahoma City has reveled in the national spot light. They’ve won three of the four appearances and those three wins haven’t even been close. Wins over Denver, Orlando and New York have been impressive spankings of what were supposed to be quality franchises. Their lone loss was to the Miami Heat in 2012.
It used to be that Oklahoma City fan base was looking to just be on the Christmas Day schedule. Now everyone is curious on where they’ll be playing and not if. It shows how much the globe wants to see the Thunder and how much of a quality franchise has been built here in the Oklahoma City.
For me, it’s becoming part of a Christmas tradition. You sit at home, open presents, maybe eat some Christmas lunch. Then, you either march down to Chesapeake Energy Arena, arms locked, ready for a Christmas Day battle. Or you sit around the couch, dressed in your Kevin Durant jersey, ready for the Thunder to dominate the NBA. I love being able to introduce new family members to Russell Westbrook’s wonderful dress code. I love answering, “Why do people under estimate that ‘Ibaky’ guy?”
It’s a nice change of pace for some people who aren’t with a lot of people either on Christmas. Not everyone has the luxury of being with family on Christmas. Now they can take comfort of knowing they’re with Thunder nation on Christmas. They’re not alone and are able to enjoy the holiday, just like everyone else.
It also brings in alternate jerseys. While seeing the traditional Thunder blue is great for 70+ games a season. I am one of those who likes the new, prototype jerseys. Even if they are the sleeved ones. I enjoy the ability to check out different variations of Thunder love.
While there are others out there, like Berry Tramel, who do not want a Christmas Day game. I’m one who looks forward to it. To make a Christmas Day game shows the respect of your team and just how big your franchise reaches. It explains why the Lakers continue to be on their, despite their horrendous teams lately.
Take pride in your Christmas Day games, Thunder fans. There may come a time when Oklahoma City doesn’t get the joy of playing on Christmas Day.