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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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Thunder vent out frustration at Lakers


It's time to vent our frustrations on a team that deserves no mercy.

Thunder prepare for win versus 76ers


There's going to be an exhibition game tonight, as the 76ers have already surrendered.

Thunder Cruise Over Bobcats Late, 116-99


No fast breaks, lots of trips to the line, and a three point guard lineup that busts it all open.

Thabo Sefolosha Out 4-6 Weeks With Calf Strain


We look at how the Thunder might do, and who his replacements will be.

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...

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?

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