Down in sunbaked Oklahoma City, where the NBA's Thunder and college football reign supreme, superstar hoopster Kevin Durant need not worry about the images of Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins replacing his own mug on splashy billboards around town.

On the surface, that should be obvious. Hockey will never usurp hoops and pigskin on the sporting radar in those parts.

At the same time, the scheduled arrival of Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins to the American heartland for the opening of the Oklahoma City Barons training camp next weekend has seemingly caused a bit of chatter around the city, according to Barons general manager Bill Scott.


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