Sonics Are Renamed Oklahoma City Thunder

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 3, 2008 8:06 PM CDT
Clay Bennett, chairman of the new Oklahoma City NBA franchise, unveils the team name, Thunder, and colors, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Thunder can be heard from miles away, an early warning that a storm is about to arrive. So, perhaps it's only fitting that a full 6 weeks after the name first surfaced, Oklahoma City's NBA officials announced today that the team formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics would be known as the Oklahoma City Thunder. "It's hard to keep a secret," noted team chairman Clay Bennett.  

Even the logo and colors leaked out over the weekend. Bennett said the light blue color coincides with the state flag to represent the inclusion of all Oklahomans, the yellow refers to the sun and the reddish-orange color to the sunset. With the University of Oklahoma featuring crimson as its primary color, and Oklahoma State using orange, Bennett said it was "not too red and not too orange."