All The Small Things

Your undying Thunder loyalty matters

Via Devin Newsom (Twitter)

Going to keep this short and sweet, but I feel as though it needs to be said:

That thing you’re doing? You know — tweeting support at players, welcoming new guys, showing up at airports — keep doing that. Seriously, never stop. You are an important part in what makes this entire thing go.

Taj Gibson took to Instagram last night to share his feelings on being traded, and in that moment it all sort of hit me. His words:

Today was such an emotional day for me. From the time I heard my name called by David Stern, I have been so proud and honored to be a Chicago Bull. To Jerry Reinsdorf, John Paxson, Gar Forman, Coach Thibs, and Coach Hoiberg, you have all helped me grow into who I am today. There is no way I can ever thank you enough for the opportunities you have presented to me. I will be indebted to all of you forever!
To the Fans of Chicago, you have made playing for the Bulls everything I could’ve dreamed of and more. From the incredible support that we get every night at the United Center to the reaction I always receive walking down the streets, it would be impossible for all of you to make me feel more special. Every single one of you will always have a piece of my heart.

It’s a business, it’s a business, blah, blah, blah. At the end of the day, it absolutely is, but that often feels like completely missing the point. That point being these are real people and uprooting your life, family, etc, is extremely difficult. This is not to be forgotten, although I typically fail to take my own advice here. My biggest concern is if you can get buckets or not.

But all of this brings me back to the fans — and what makes you all so special. As Taj Gibson said, yesterday was an emotional day for these guys. You have to believe Thunder faithful showing up to the airport was a bright spot in a whirlwind 12 hours. It was 11PM on a Thursday night, but there you were — screaming, with signs, rushing their Chevy Tahoe just to tell them you love them.

And that’s cool, guys. It really is. It’s cool to go out and support the new players, but you’re also making this newfound land feel just a little more like home. That’s a special thing.

Keep it up.