When teams come to Oklahoma to play the Thunder, they usually stay in the Skirvin Hilton Hotel. It’s not a popular hotel among many players, because of it’s reputation as a haunted building. Numerous NBA players have reported weird happenings during their stays in the hotel, and many more regular hotel guests confirm those reports.
The hotels reputation was strong enough that when the Lakers rolled into town, Lou Williams and Larry Nance Jr. both decided to pay for a room in a different hotel rather than risk seeing a ghost. Speaking to the Orange County Register, the two players explained:
Nance: “I prefer to stay away from the supposed supernatural. I just don’t want any issues.”
Williams: “I’m not going to play with that. I’d rather pay for my peace of mind. If they say it’s haunted, that’s enough for me. I’m not going to roll the dice.”
The rest of the team stayed in the Skirvin Hilton, choosing to brave seeing a ghost over paying out of pocket for a hotel. Everyone survived the night, and no one had any strange encounters, except Metta World Peace. Metta claims that he was touched all over by a ghost, including in some violating areas:
“The ghosts were all over me. I just accepted it, They touched me all over the place. I’m taking one of the ghosts to court for touching me in the wrong places.”
Although his statement sounds like a joke, he insisted that he was serious and that he really did see ghosts. Of course, we’re talking about a guy who legally changed his name to Metta World Peace, so everything he says should be taken with a few thousand grains of salt. Head coach Luke Walton says that the experiences may have had more to do with alcohol than with actual encounters with the undead:
“Maybe some teammates drank too much and came back being loud a couple of times, but no ghosts.”