Wilson Taylor has been employed with the Thunder for almost ten years, going from working as an intern into eventually becoming the team’s equipment manager. Over the years, since Taylor got to be around players like Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Nick Collison every day for the better part of a decade, they naturally became friends, and when it came time for Taylor to propose to his girlfriend, he turned to his superstar buddies for some advice.
USA Today‘s Sam Amick tracked down how Taylor came up with the idea of a scavenger hunt marriage proposal that involved his girlfriend, Felicia, interacting with several OKC players along the way.
“Six or seven guys went to this steakhouse, and (Novak) had a private room for us, and KD and I were kind of off to the side,” Taylor remembers. “He was like, ‘I know this (proposal) is coming up. What are you thinking? Have you talked to Russ and Nick?’ So I told him I’d been thinking about this whole scavenger hunt thing.”
“He’s like, ‘Let’s do this,’” Taylor said. “And Nick and Russ were the same way. Right from the jump, they were like, ‘Let’s do this together.’”
From there, Taylor, Durant, Westbrook, and Collison concocted a plan that would involve Felicia making six stops that all related to a special moment the couple had shared. Each stop would reveal a clue for the next location. After receiving the first three clues, the fourth brought Felicia to the Thunder practice facility where she had to make two free throws (supervised by Westbrook) before she was allowed to continue on.