Thunder Returns Home To Hundreds Of Fans

Tuesday, May 31st 2016, 6:20 pm
By: Dana Hertneky

After Monday night's game seven loss, the Thunder returned home Tuesday afternoon. As usual, they were greeted by what Russell Westbrook calls the “best fans in all of sports."

“You got to welcome them home either way, win or lose,” said Will Appling, who regularly meets the team at the airport.

Many fans waited for hours for the plane to arrive.

“Just let them know that we’re there for them. We don’t really care if they win or lose. We’re just going to be there for them,” said Toni Slawson.

“I know they appreciate it,” said Mackenzie Wester.  

But neither the threatening rain nor the Warrior’s storm of threes that ended fans' championship hopes would dampen the enthusiasm out here.

Some fans even came up last night, like Maria Escobar-Prevette and her mom who made the trip all the way from Lawton.

“I stayed up all night, to make sure I was awake. I kept rushing my mom and my sisters to get here,” she said.

And many out here didn't lose the opportunity to lobby Durant to stay in Oklahoma City. A local business handed out shirts that said #STAYOKC-KD.

“Hopefully Kevin will get up and say he’s going to stay, that would be really nice,” said Will Appling.

Unfortunately, that didn't happen, but Durant and Westbrook did address the fans.

“To see all you guys right now is just amazing, thank you so much, thank you for the great year,” said Durant.

“Next year, we’ll try to do better,” said Westbrook.