There may still be hope for an NBA season this year, though remarkably abbreviated and the fans pretty pissed off. But if there is no season, no Thunder games at the CHK arena, there are still plenty of entertainment alternatives out there for your discretionary income and some of the alternatives may actually pay dividends in the end. Here are some ideas...
Donate. If you're a high-roller and the economy hasn't ripped a hole in your check book, you could do something exceptional with your extra dough - you could help places like City Rescue Mission. CRM, Jesus House (under new management) and local churches are busting their chops this holiday season to make ends meet as they help those who cannot help themselves. Another great organization is the Mid America Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. They host events, advocate for veterans who have been hurt and are a group of men and women who are absolutely phenomenal in their service to those who have served us.
Eat. Take the family out to eat - and I don't mean at one of the chain restaurants, but rather locally-owned restaurants. Try something different like Flat Tire Burger in Edmond, up by UCO. Or you could take the family to Ted's for some good Mexican food. On 23rd and Classen, you'll find some exquisite Asian cuisine that the whole family can enjoy and yes, they are largely locally-owned.
There are alternatives to the NBA and if you're a die hard basketball fan, support local universities' basketball programs. There are a lot of ways to spend the money that is burning a hole in your pocket, lusting for some Thunder, and you can do so in such a way that you can sleep well at night.