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Sonics backlash

Sonics backlash
About 100 Seattle-area residents made the two-hour drive to Portland to boo the Thunder during Wednesday's night's game against the Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.

Sonics fans showed up in the team's green and gold hats, jerseys and jackets and brought signs that either mocked the Thunder franchise or held more personal meaning. One sign read, "Clay Bennett ruined my childhood."

One group of Sonics fans seated directly behind the Thunder bench booed a teenager while he made his way to his seats because he was sporting a Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder jersey.

"I understand both ways," said Nick Collison shortly before tip-off. "They're angry about the team moving. If they do boo, I don't feel like they're booing us personally. It's more what happened overall. I'd feel worse if there was nothing and people were just indifferent and didn't care."


The Thunder's team charter returned to Oklahoma City after Wednesday night's game, but Durant, Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook and a few team officials took a private plane straight to Phoenix for the start of All-Star Weekend.

Durant, Green and Westbrook will play in the Rookie Challenge on Friday night, and Durant will join Atlanta's Joe Johnson and Memphis' O.J. Mayo in an outside game of H-O-R-S-E on Saturday.


Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he addressed the team before players went their separate ways following the Blazers game, encouraging them to stay in shape.

"I want them to enjoy the weekend, take care of themselves, be safe, but also get a workout in," Brooks said. "It's important to get one or two workouts in, preferably two. It doesn't have to be a lot. Just get on a bike or a treadmill for 30 or 40 minutes. Because four days off is a long time."


Collison said his left thumb is continuing to heal from a broken bone and has now reached the point that it doesn't cause him many problems. The team's medical staff issued him a smaller, less cumbersome splint that doesn't cover up his entire thumb, but no timetable has been given for when he can start playing without any protection.

"It feels really good," Collison said of his thumb. "They're still making me wear this splint, but I imagine it won't be for too much longer. The new splint is much better. I can feel the ball. It'd be great to play with no splint."

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