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I'm Zebulun Benbrook, manager of Welcome to Loud City since 2009. I do a lot of the feature articles around here, along with some news, previews, recaps, and et cetera. My work has been featured on Sports Illustrated Online, Yahoo! Sports' Ball Don't Lie, Dime Magazine, Bballbreakdown, Sheridan Hoops, and several other basketball-related blogs.

In addition to my work here at WTLC, I'm also a weekly contributor to The Lost Ogle, regularly guest star on the Phil Naessens Show, and produce a weekly YouTube show breaking down Thunder games.

You might also know me from my cheering at Thunder games. I'm the long-haired guy who jumps up and down behind the basket while wearing foam fingers on his hands. In the first two seasons of the Thunder's existence, I was featured as one of "Love's Ultimate Thunder Fans", which got me a free trip to Boston and was an awesome experience. If you ever see me at a game (or on the street) feel free to come say hi!

I've also been a long time commenter on Golden State of Mind. The Warriors were my first basketball love, and they will always remain my favourite team. Some may call me a traitor, but I think cheering for the Thunder the other 78 games of the season and writing tirelessly about them year round clears me of that title.

I have lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma my entire life, and call the place home. I love to travel and will go to great lengths to see basketball in strange places, but, in my opinion, no place is as great as the OKC.

Outside of basketball, I love to play any competitive sport or video game, even if I'm the worst guy in the room. In my spare time, I make movies, play trivia, watch obscure documentaries, crave adventure, and eat tons of Pizza/Taco Bell. In all honesty, I'm interested in just about anything, and I pride myself in being able to have a conversation with any open-minded person.

My mission for this blog is to be as informative, entertaining, and real as possible. I might come off as pretentious or a "know-it-all", but I'm one of the most down to earth people you'll ever meet. If you have a different opinion, I totally appreciate it and welcome it.

You can contact me any time via my email address, TaoNakamora@gmail.com. Criticism, Comments, Questions, or Ideas for Collaboration are all welcome.

That's it for now. I hope you enjoy Welcome to Loud City, and Go Thunder! (And Warriors!)

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Chicago Cubs
  • NBA Golden State Warriors
  • NFL Cleveland Browns
  • NCAAF Oklahoma Sooners
  • NCAAB Oklahoma Sooners
  • NASCAR Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya
  • General Tokyo Yakult Swallows
  • Fantasy Montevideo VHSes
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Caron Butler debuts for Thunder against Bobcats

We've got the lowdown on Butler's abilities, who will start for Sefolosha, and how the Bobcats are going to eliminate the transition game. Check it!

Grimey Thunder face Grimey Grizzlies

Gritting, Grinding, Grimeing.

Thunder Finally See Kyrie and Cavs

It's been over a year, but the Thunder still have a score to settle with Kyrie Irving....

Zeb Talks Jason Collins and Telfair on Naessens

We talk about Jason Collins historic day, Raymond Felton's demise, and the Warriors' recent success.

The Thunder Will Never, Ever Trade Westbrook

Never ever ever ever ever ever times infinity.

Thunder attack familiar Clippers

2013-2014 NBA Season @ 37-20Lost 2 43-13 Lost 1 February 23rd, 2014 Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 12:00 PM Central Standard Time TV: Your Local American...

Big Three Thrash Thunder, Heat Along for the Ride

If you thought 81 combined points from the Heat's big three was bad, then you might want to prepare yourself before opening this recap.

Thunder see Heat, Westbrook is back! (Update)

Russell Westbrook returns to action tonight against the Heat. What will we see from him against the champs?

KD Rescinds Statement Regarding Westbrook's Return

Looks like that Grantland interview wasn't all it was cracked up to be....

Zeb Disses All-Star Weekend on Phil Naessens

I get a chance to rant about why the dunk contest has been ruined, and why all of this East-West rivalry is total nonsense.

Zeb Talks NBA Trade Deadline on Down to Dunk

We talk about the implications of moving Sefolosha or Perkins, as well as what could happen to some of the other players around the league.

All-Star Saturday Prediction Contest

Want to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card? Then predict!

Kevin Durant's "Shaq Moment"

We explore KD's legacy by comparing last night's 43 point performance with a similarly dominant showing from Shaq 14 years ago.

Zeb Talks Knicks Disaster on Phil Naessens

We talk about where the Knicks are, what they need to do to be successful, and why Mike Woodson can't be a part of their future.

Thunder vs. Trail Blazers, with a side of KD Drama

KD has been dominant against the Blazers, but it might not even matter. Hit the jump to find out why!

Thunder vs. Knicks, 90's Style

Find out what the 4-1-1 is on the Knicks, and check out what NBA JAM has to say about tonight's game.

Thunder Face Inconsistent Magic

Can the Magic put together the kind of offense necessary to beat the Thunder?

KD, Reggie Jackson to do All-Star Saturday

Kevin Durant teams up with the Mailman and Skylar Diggins, while Reggie Jackson joins forces with Goran Dragic.

Thunder venture to outrun Timberwolves

With Pekovic out, can Barea and Cunningham deliver the Timberwolves to the promiseland?


As a blog, Welcome to Loud City does not officially support any political position that doesn't relate directly to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It is a place where people of all backgrounds and...

Zeb Talks David Stern's Legacy on Phil Naessens

We discuss the lockouts, the vetoed Paul trade, the dress code, the "frozen envelope" scandal, and much more.

Thunder Face Refreshed Grizzlies

Will Conley's absence upset the competitive balance tonight?

Thunder have tough test at Wizards

Could Westbrook's absence be a blessing in disguise tonight?

Oklahoma Gives David Stern an "A"

We love the commissioner, but does he love us?

Rolling Thunder take on Scorching Nets

The Nets are 11-2 since January 1st, including a win over the Thunder. Can OKC recover tonight?

How Stern helped us discover the Thunder as men

Kevin Durant plays basketball and football for charity. Russell Westbrook goes into hiding. Kendrick Perkins gets into a fight. Reggie Jackson finds himself penniless. These are the stories of the Thunder during the 2011 Lockout.

Thunder lose, nek minute, Thunder beat Heat

New Zealand's greatest viral video forms the basis for tonight's recap of the Thunder's redemption.

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