Thursday , Mar , 26 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Phil Jackson Criticizes Oklahoma Thunder Fans

Oklahoma City’s home crowds have earned opponents’ praise because of their volume and energy, though Jackson thought the noise tended to peter out as the game progressed.

"They haven’t quite figured out the NBA game, the length of it," Jackson said. "They get all fired up in the beginning, and it’s a marathon. It’s 48 minutes of basketball. It’s not like college, where you can come out and get a 10-point lead or 15-point lead and you can win the game."

Thunder fans stand until the home team scores its first basket and have been compared to college crowds for their intensity.,0,1377366.story