With the NBA Playoffs not being too important around these parts this year, and every year prior since 2004 for the local Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn probably made a good decision in sticking with his hometown Oklahoma City Thunder when it came to his NBA rooting interests.â†µ
Blackburn bought season tickets to the Thunder prior to last season after becoming a fan of the team during his rookie year with the Twins (the same year the Thunder relocated after previously being known as the Seattle SuperSonics) and has since become "a self-proclaimed Thunder 'super' fan" according to a recent feature on him at ESPNW.â†µ
"I find myself drifting into one of those typical fans you hear up in the stands, 'Come on!'" Blackburn said in the interview. "I'll be saying something and then I think I've got to stop and catch myself. I sound like one of those idiots that yell at me half the time. I have to keep it under control."â†µ
Even though Blackburn's excuse to root for the Thunder during the NBA Playoffs is because he was born in Oklahoma, it's unlikely anyone would blame Minnesota fans if they decide to piggyback on the bandwagon for the duration of the postseason.â†µ
Maybe the Wolves will be good enough next season to change Blackburn's rooting interests?