The Oklahoma City Thunder are an American professional basketball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder competes in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. The team plays its home games at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Thunder’s NBA G League affiliate is the Oklahoma City Blue, which it owns. The Thunder are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues based in the state of Oklahoma.
The team was originally established as the Seattle SuperSonics, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the 1967–68 season. The SuperSonics moved in 2008 after a settlement was reached between the ownership group led by Clay Bennett and lawmakers in Seattle, Washington following a lawsuit. In Seattle, the SuperSonics qualified for the NBA playoffs 22 times, won their division six times, and won the 1979 NBA Championship. In Oklahoma City, the Thunder qualified for their first playoff berth during the 2009–10 season. They won their first division title as the Thunder in the 2010–11 season and their first Western Conference championship as the Thunder in the 2011–12 season, appearing in the NBA Finals for the fourth time in franchise history and first since 1996, when the club was based in Seattle.
When the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City after the 2007 – 2008 season, fans voted on potential nicknames from an original list of 64 possibilities. Thunder was chosen over Renegades, Twisters, and Barons, and the name was extremely well received. The team set sales records for the first day after the nickname was revealed. Oklahoma City housing the 45th Infantry Division, the Thunderbirds.
Happy New Year!!
It’s almost surreal how fast 2017 went by.
How many of us have already said or heard someone else say this? While it is certainly a true statement, it isn’t exactly anything that we did not express last year, or even the year prior. The truth is, each year seems to just flash by before we’ve seemingly had a chance to fully settle into the months. One of my favorite sayings goes “day by day, nothing seems to change, then one day you wake up and everything’s different.” Looking back at the historic events that 2017 brought us, we realize that no day can be taken for granted.
As we survey the landscape of the new year before us, we get to reflect, and more importantly assess what was accomplished the past 12 months. It was an impactful year for the Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce. We had the honor of facilitating the historic groundbreaking of the new Oklahoma City Clinic. From kicking off our new Community Education Series to launching a radio segment, we continue to add to our portfolio to better serve our partners and the Oklahoma City metro. With the establishment of the Oklahoma City Black Chamber Foundation, I am excited about the possibilities before us. Thank you for being part of the success with us!
2018 is all about partnerships in moving the city forward. It is no secret that our community is struggling in education, unbiased development, and workforce opportunities. I want to personally invite you to join the Black Chamber as we break barriers and open new doors. If you have never been to a chamber event, or it has been a while, I challenge you to come take in the experience. I promise that you will meet people you would not have met otherwise, who just may provide the missing ingredients to your success for the new year. I look forward to seeing you there.
Eran Harrill, CEO