Christmas Eve 2009 was a whiteout of a blur to many Oklahomans. In Oklahoma City, for example, 13.5 inches of snow fell and winds gusted to more than 60 mph. But for Brian Davis, who moved to the state in 2008, the day provided a clear image of the way challenges are approached in Oklahoma — together. On Christmas night, the Oklahoma City Thunder opens the 2011-12 regular season against the Orlando Magic at Chesapeake Energy Arena. With that, Davis begins his fourth year as the Thunder’s television play-by-play announcer. But before the action tipped-off he recently took some time to share how that perspective gained in a blizzard continues to reinforce itself.
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In observing Oklahomans in the community as well as from courtside, Davis said one aspect that defines the people of the state is their willingness to take a risk to try to make something happen. He points to agricultural and oil and gas. But he doesn’t stop there. “Oklahoma City took a huge risk, defined the term ‘leap of faith,’ when it built the arena hoping to land a professional sports team,” he said. “And it took a spectacular series of events, starting with Hurricane Katrina, for anyone outside to take the notion seriously. Folks like Ron Norick and Mick Cornett and Clay Bennett believed, and here we are.”
Former Duke University basketball stars and downtown developers Christian Laettner and Brian Davis avoided an outcome that could have resulted in possible jail time when a judge found Friday that they were not in contempt of court. U.S. District Court Judge Beryl A. Howell for the District of Columbia gave Laettner and Davis two weeks to disclose their assets and liabilities to a creditor that filed suit against them in 2009. Laettner and Davis are two of three original developers who started the rehabilitation of West Village from a group of tobacco factories and warehouses.
While his holdout from Chargers training camp continues, linebacker Shawne Merriman has had other matters to deal with. This week it was an ongoing dispute in federal court with former Duke basketball players Christian Laettner and Brian Davis. On Monday, Merriman filed an affidavit in Maryland that said Laettner and Davis’ company, BD Ventures, owes him $3.64 million, plus $998.76 per day in interest. The amount stems from a loan Merriman and his company, S.M. Real Estate, made to the former Blue Devils’ company in 2007. The loan was to be fully repaid in March 2009, but Merriman, who played at the University of Maryland, sued them in federal court in April 2009, saying he wasn’t repaid as promised.