Oklahoma? Not OK.

We're not saying it's the greatest draw in the history of the world, but here's your first chance to see the Phoenix Suns take on the new-look – hell, new town! – Oklahoma City Thunder. Oklahoma City? In the National Basketball Association? Like, all permanent and stuff? Thunder? What is this, Arena League football? The WWE? Well, NBA fans, that’s what you get for not drinking enough Joe – at least, not enough to satisfy the bottom line of Starbucks honcho Howard Schultz, who offloaded his tanking Seattle Sonics to a bunch of monied hicks from OKC. The rubes then transported the team lock, stock, and jocks to one of the butt-ugliest places on the planet. Can’t you just see the free agents lining up to play in the Dust Bowl? On the upside, the Thunder has a decent young core. Keep your eyes peeled for Russell Westbrook, the former UCLA shooting guard, and former University of Texas phenom Kevin Durant.
Thu., Oct. 23, 7 p.m., 2008