Welcome back to Bricktown Buckets

The 2020-21 NBA Season is over for the Oklahoma City Thunder, what a year it was. No fans, zoom media Availability, 72 games shrunk into what felt like 72 days, an absolute whirlwind. For me personally, I loved every second of it. Even while the Thunder finished with a bottom-five record in the NBA, the 2020-21 season was my first full season covering the team and the league as a media member. At 23 years old, that is a dream I have had since the 4th grade.

This might surprise you, but I was not and am currently not a great athlete, or even a good one. I tried hard, I had a high IQ for every sport I played, but I was never any good. I was self-aware. I knew early on I could not dream of being Dan Marino, or Patrick Ewing, I had to dream of being Dan Patrick.

Since the 4th grade, I have only ever wanted to be a sports journalist. I had many blogs and podcasts in high school, blabbing about my favorite teams to all 25 people (literally) who would listen. Going into college as a Journalism major I continued podcasting, began doing some play-by-play work, even starting a job in Sports Information at my University. Then, I was given the break of a lifetime, taking over the Locked on Thunder Podcast on the largest and best podcast network, the Locked on Podcast Network. Truly a dream job.

This allowed me to start to reach my dreams, talk to athletes, and be a legitimate media member. I can not thank the people at Locked On enough, and I look forward to nothing more than my daily recording sessions for Locked on and thinking of ways to improve.

This goal also could not be accomplished without you, yes you. The number of people who read, download, listen, and interact with my content is crazy, I thought 25 downloads an episode was mind-boggling. The growth of Locked on Thunder under my time is something I am incredibly proud of, and hope to continue!

In December, I decided to launch Bricktown Buckets, this season will go down as a “soft launch.” I want to thank everyone who has contributed to Bricktown Buckets to this point, and who took the time to read articles on this site. The launch was filled with ups and downs, including going zero dark thirty like LeBron James during the NBA Playoffs once my Mom got sick. My mom passed away a few weeks ago, and that obviously took a toll. However, I am ready and excited to relaunch Bricktown Buckets dot com.

What is this relaunch? Well, at Bricktown Buckets dot com, we will cover all things NBA, and the Oklahoma City Thunder specifically. Eventually, the goal is to turn this into Bricktown Media where we can cover the entire sports landscape of Oklahoma.

In the interim, Bricktown Buckets will cover Game previews, game recaps, the big takeaway from game days, the offseason in full including the NBA Draft, free agency, and trade frenzies, and whatever else Sam Presti and this great organization is up to.

What does this mean for you? Well, I hope you will stick around, check back daily, and enjoy the content for starters.

Bricktown Buckets is also looking for contributors, if you are interested in writing, video, or audio content, send an email (RylanStiles@BricktownBuckets.com) or reach out on Twitter!

Thank you to every person who has helped make my dreams come true to this point, and supported me in any capacity in getting here. I hope to make Bricktown Buckets one of your favorite spots for OKC Thunder content!

Rylan Stiles

Rylan Stiles is the host of the Locked on Thunder podcast, a media member with the Thunder and the NBA, and Founder of BricktownBuckets.com.

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