When your team is dealt a crushing defeat that closes the door on what was a pretty spectacular season, how do you deal with that as a fan? You do exactly what the fans of Oklahoma City did last night when their Thunder lost Game 5 to the Dallas Mavericks, 100-96. Instead of allowing their beloved players to return to OKC in sullen silence, a ton of fans showed up to the airport and waited for the team flight to get in. Armed with signs and banners, chants and lots of love, the fans erupted as the players exited the plane at 1 a.m.
It really was a beautiful sight. Hundreds of people chanting for their team, showing them that the support they had all season wasn’t going anywhere after they had fought, but failed, to advance to the NBA Finals. So many moments in this video show just how special the connection is between the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and their team. There’s superstar Kevin Durant shaking hands and sharing smiles and thanks with the fans through the chain-link fence, James Harden dancing to a “Fear the Beard” chant and going to grab coach Scott Brooks, who wears an expression that says it all.
While many members of this this team filled to the brim with basketball talent only know of this kind of support, Brooks knows this isn’t how most seasons end. Not in the NBA. Not where wins and losses are what matters. The Thunder didn’t get the win that they needed to keep their season going, but they did get another reminder that they’ve got something special brewing in Oklahoma City. Pretty phenomenal.
And if you were wondering, it was the 1:58 mark that got me. Ain’t no shame from this girl.
(via Daily Thunder)