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Simmons: Thunder, Blazers Mean Most To Their Cities

Bill Simmons of pop culture, sports and entertainment website Grantland.com -- also known as "The Sports Guy" -- writes after attending Game 1 of the NBA Finals that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers mean more to their respective cities than any other NBA teams. ---------------------------------- With the possible exception of Portland, no NBA team means more to its city. This goes beyond having the loudest fans. There's genuine devotion here. These people arrived a good 45 minutes early for last night's Game 1 — and by "these people" I mean "everyone with a ticket" — then clapped their way through pregame warm-ups with such infectious enthusiasm that I remember saying to a friend, "No way these yahoos keep this up for three hours, they're going to burn out." Wrong. You know what burned out? My eardrums. My head is still ringing. This wasn't just a show for the Finals. I flew to Oklahoma City for a regular-season game 18 months ago; they brought it that night, too. ---------------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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