Life Without Hoops

Imagine your life without basketball. There would be no “Thunder Up,” Rumble the Bison or packed arenas of students and alumni watching their alma mater. There would be no $250 Air Jordans, and Michael Jordan himself would just be known as a mediocre baseball player.

Without basketball, “dribble” would just be baby drool and a “buzzer beater” would be a great name for a fly swatter.

Without basketball, Oklahoma would still be divided between OU and OSU fans, rather than united by the Thunder.

The truth is, without oil and natural gas, we really would have a life without basketball. Petroleum-based fibers, coatings and paddings are responsible for everything from the basketball goal down to each player’s uniforms and sneakers.

Take a look at how oil and natural gas brings one of America’s favorite games to life at