It's hard to believe, but the 2019-2020 Thunder season gets started in just a couple of weeks.
As we know, this year's team, goals and expectations have changed significantly since we last saw the boys in blue sulk off the court in Portland. Paul George is in LA, Russell Westbrook is in Houston, and Jim Traber is desperately searching for new people to criticize on a daily basis on his radio show.
For those fans, like me, who were kind of ready for a refresh / rebuild, that's okay. I get to care about the draft again, which is new. I also don't have to worry about my spring being ruined by a good but not great team reach their ceiling in the first round of the playoffs.
For other fans, especially those who form deep emotional attachments to players and love them like first-born children, this season may be tough. Sure, it will be nice to see CP3 in an Oklahoma City jersey again, and the new squad may be surprisingly decent, but images of Russell Westbrook dunking and Paul George hurting his shoulder will be tough to shake.
Fortunately, the Thunder has released a 2020 Alternate Universe Calendar for those fans who are having a difficult time moving on:
According to the Ogle Mole who sent us this photograph, the calendars are on sale at the Barnes and Noble on Memorial. I'd hurry up and snatch yours up before Sam Presti sends a squadron of Stormchasers to confiscate and burn all copies. Not only will it help you remember the old times, but it will also be a valuable collectors copy.
In the meantime, we wish the real 2020 Thunder the best of luck this season. They'll need it.