The Thunder have gone from gasoline to cleaner burning natural gas.
Sort of. The building Kevin Durant and teammates call home had been called the Ford Center since the team came to OKC based on an older naming rights deal. But with the new tenants and attention the building’s operators went looking for a new naming rights sponsor.
Enter Chesapeake Energy and hence the building is now formally called the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Like all such buildings, there will probably be a nickname for it soon enough (Cleveland’s Quicken Loan Arena is called The Q, and so on).
Chesapeake Energy is a 22-year-old company that is one of the largest natural gas companies in the nation. It is based out of Oklahoma City.
The deal is for $3 million a year for 12 years (with the amount increasing slightly each year), which is not bad in a smaller market like OKC.
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.