My blog post headline was designed to capture your attention.Maybe that old adage about sports being a form of religion is not so far off the mark after all.Some might say that because there are lots of folks following the OKC Thunder like they would a religion. Certainly, this is true of other teams and other sports besides basketball, as well.I’ve been taking note of how faith and the Thunder NBA team have intersected in one way or another. Here are just a few of my findings. Some of them are stories that I have written. You might have more. If so, send ‘em to me.1. Thunder MVP Kevin Durant (pictured) told The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson he keeps a Bible in the backpack he carries everywhere.2. Thunder MVP Kevin Durant shared with Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman that he had committed to daily Bible reading.3. The Capitol Baptist Association and Union Baptist Association have partnered with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for the “iBelieve” faith outreach in conjunction with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff run. (May 12: “Baptists believe in Gospel, Thunder”) (May 14: “Baptists ‘I Believe’ outreach going strong”)4. Lorelei Decker, an Oklahoma City teen battling cancer, was named Thunder coach for the day a few weeks ago. Decker, a member of Cherokee Hills Baptist Church, is a huge Thunder fan. Stories about how her Christian faith has helped her face and combat her illness were published in The Baptist Messenger and The Oklahoman (June 2: “Polished look”)5. Local preachers weighed in on how the Thunder players and fans should react to the return of Los Angeles Lakers starter Metta World Peace, also known as Ron Artest (remember him?) after he elbowed the Thunder’s James Harden in the head (May 10: “Thou shalt not act out”).6. An El Reno pastor prayed for world peace as a way to jab at Lakers player Metta World Peace and his not-so-peaceful antics on the court ( April 26: “El Reno pastor makes playful jab”).Carla HintonReligion Editor If you enjoyed this post, please consider to leave a comment or subscribe to the feed and get future articles delivered to your feed reader.