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Becoming the OKC Thunder

2006

On July 18th an eight-member group of Oklahoma City-based businessmen led by Clay Bennett join to form the Professional Basketball Club, LLC and agree to purchase the Seattle SuperSonics for $350 million.

Relocation

2007

On the 2nd of Novemeber, Sonics owners file a relocation application with the NBA seeking to move the franchise to Oklahoma City.

Denied

2007

On September 21st, Sonics owners file an arbitration demand that would prevent Seattle officials from forcing the Sonics to remain at Key Arena through 2010. A judge later denies the request.

A New Name

2008

On September 3rd there was a formal announcement at Leadership Square that the Seattle SuperSonics will be called the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Ford Center

03/14/2008

On March 14th, Oklahoma City officials sign a letter of intent with the Sonics ownership group, outlining preliminary terms of a 15-year lease agreement for the use of the Ford Center.

First Game As OKC

10/29/2008

Thunder plays its first-ever regular-season game and loses 98-87 to Milwaukee at home.

New Coach

11/21/2008

Thunder replaces coach P.J. Carlesimo with assistant Scott Brooks on an interim basis.

Rennovation

04/01/2009

Construction for the first phase of the Ford Center’s $100-million renovation.

Play Offs

04/12/2009

Oklahoma City Thunder make the playoff for the first time known as the thunder

Head Coach

04/15/2009

Brooks agrees to a multi-year contract and formally becomes head coach.

Harden

06/25/2009

Draft James Harden.

Durant Steps Up

01/30/2010

Kevin Durant became the youngest player in league history to win the scoring title, averaging 30.1 points per game while playing in all 82 games.

Division Champs

12/31/2010

Northwest Division champions in the 2010-11 season. 55-27

Playoffs

12/31/2010

Thunder goes into playoffs as 4th seed and lose in 3rd round.

All Stars

12/31/2011

Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Perkins, and Ibaka made it onto the 2012 All Star ballots.

Making the Finals

12/12/2012

Thunder makes it to the finals but is defeated by the Heat in a five game series. 1-4

Division Champs

01/31/2013

Claim Northwest Division champs again. 47-19