It’s only been six years since Oklahoma City landed an NBA franchise, but the run has been very eventful. The Thunder moved to Oklahoma City in 2008 from Seattle where they had played as the ‘SuperSonics’ since 1967. The team enjoyed strong fan support in the ‘Jet City’ as well as success on the court. The Sonics won the NBA championship in 1979 and have been competitive for most of the past two decades.
Relocating To Oklahoma City
The move to Oklahoma City didn’t take place until 2008, but the wheels were set in motion several years earlier. The Seattle Supersonics’ home venue, the Key Arena, was getting old and fell below acceptable standards for an NBA arena. Starbucks Coffee chairman and CEO Howard Shultz was the owner at the time and was growing increasingly frustrated at his inability to work out a deal for either a new arena or a complete renovation of Key Arena. Sadly, the issue wasn’t money or fan support but self-aggrandizing and short-sighted politicians. Eventually, Shultz threw in the towel and in 2006 sold the team to a group of Oklahoma City based investors led by Clay Bennett.
Bennett made no secret that he was planning to move the team to Oklahoma City as soon as the Key Arena lease expired in 2009. Most of the remaining time in Seattle was full of legal wrangling between the city and Bennett. After a breach of contract lawsuit by the city a settlement was reached. The City of Seattle got a payment of $75 million over two years and retained the rights to the ‘Supersonics’ name, logo and colors for a possible new NBA franchise. Bennett essentially got the history of the franchise including trophies and championship banners and, most importantly, his ticket to move the team to OKC. The real loser in the deal was the people of Seattle, who saw their status as a ‘major league town’ take a huge hit. The arena situation likely cost the team an NHL franchise while vindictive meddling by the NBA kept them from becoming the new home of the Sacramento Kings.
The franchise–now known as the Oklahoma City Thunder–would flourish in their new home. They were able to draft Kevin Durant, who is now second only to LeBron James in star power and have won the divisional title four times. The Thunder reached the NBA Finals in 2012, losing to the Miami Heat. Oklahoma City now ranks along with Portland as having the most rabid fanbase in the league. The 2013-2014 season started on a down note, however, as Durant will miss the first 6 to eight weeks of the season due to a broken foot.
Watch OKC Game Tonight Live
Thunder fans who want to watch OKC basketball games live have little problem finding them on national TV broadcasts. Despite LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, the Thunder are the most popular team for the NBA broadcast partners ESPN, ABC and TNT. Oklahoma City will play on national TV 32 times this season, three more than the Cleveland Cavaliers 29 nationally televised games. Fans who want to watch Thunder game online shouldn’t count on these national TV broadcasts–ESPN’s online streaming is decent, but TNT streams only ‘select games’ and ABC streaming is all but nonexistent. The NBA League Pass is a better option and allows fans to see every televised game with a dedicated streaming platform. The bad news is the cost–$149 for online access and $199 for combined digital/TV viewing.
The TV networks don’t get what fans want–simple and comprehensive access to streaming OKC games online. As a result, the best option is to watch Oklahoma City Thunder online for free. You’ll have no problem finding a live stream to watch OKC basketball games live and you’ll even be able to find a radio stream for tonight’s game. Websites like Wiziwig, Stream2Watch.me, VIP Sports Box and others provide a comprehensive listing of live streams organized by sport. To watch Thunder games online you just need to check one of these sites, pick the stream speed that works best for your Internet connection and get ready for some basketball.
If you have a big enough monitor and a good sound system watching OKC basketball games live on your computer can be as good as watching on HDTV. Other options are to use a smartphone/tablet or a set top streaming device (Roku, AppleTV, Google Chromecast) to watch on television. No matter which screen you choose there’s no better way to get every Thunder game all season long!