More Ghostly News From That OKC Hotel That Haunts NBA Players
Last week we told you about how a large portion of the Lakers roster refused to stay at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in Oklahoma City because it gave them the heebie jeebies; either from previous supernatural experiences or because they'd heard unnerving stories from other players around the league.
Metta World Peace, for his part, even said that he'd been molested by a whole swarm of ghosts while he was laying in bed watching a George Clooney movie. So you can take that as you will.
Despite the many supposed hauntings that players around the league have experienced, the Miami Heat chose to stay in the 106-year-old hotel while they were in town for their game against the Thunder. Guess what? Their asses got haunted. Heat forward Justise Winslow told reporters that he saw his bathroom door moving on its own while he was in the shower on Sunday.
"That really happened,” Winslow said.
“I’m just trying to get through this trip as quickly as possible. I try and spend the least amount of time in my room. I go down, sit at the bar, get me something good to eat, watch TV, watch football, but I don’t spend a lot of time in that room.”
Heat forward James Johnson recalled his own tale of feeling an earthquake and being terrified that hit had something to do with "the rumors of the hotel."
"I was on the toilet in a haunted hotel, and the room just started shaking crazy and my door was wobbling back and forth. I’m nervous," Johnson told reporters. "I don’t know what’s going on, and I can’t get out of there fast enough because I still ain’t completed my bathroom break. So, I’m nervous."
"And all of a sudden I get a whole bunch of knocks on my door, and I’m like, dang, I don’t know what it is. I open my door and there’s like six people, six teammates, outside: 'Did you feel that? Did you feel that?' I’m like, 'Yeah, what was that?' And they were like, 'It was an earthquake.' ”
"And the earthquake really sounds scary, but it eased my mind, because I’d rather that than the rumors of the hotel, you know? I wasn’t sure everybody felt it. I didn’t call nobody. But after I got the knock on the door and realized that everybody felt that, it made it easier."
It turns out that it was indeed a 5.0 magnitude earthquake centered about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City that the guys most likely felt. Still, it's clear that superstitious NBA players don't generally handle their stays at the Skirvin very well. I think we could all agree that they just find alternative lodging. I know there aren't that many options in OKC, but at this point, maybe they could start taking a look on Airbnb. It's cost effective and sometimes the hosts will even leave you fresh-baked banana bread!
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