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  • Report: Warriors "frontrunners" to sign Kevin Durant if he leaves Oklahoma City

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    After only slight murmurs for a few months, the Kevin Durant free agency chatter has ratcheted back up in the past week. He said some nice things about the Knicks organization, roster and city while in New York. So some 'don't rule it out' articles popped up. Then there was a Laker...

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 114-98 blowout of the Wizards

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Here are five observations from the Thunder's 114-98 win over the Wizards on Tuesday night: 1. Clicking -- The Thunder's defense remains a night-to-night, quarter-to-quarter, possession-to-possession mystery. Sometimes Kevin Durant is sliding and competing and locking up James Harden like...

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Wizards

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The Thunder is at home taking on the Wizards. Follow live updates on tonight's game from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • NBA's Western Conference standings are sequestered

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The Western Conference standings are tiered. Literally place by place through the first five slots. Golden State leads the West with a 44-4 record. The Warriors are 4-1/2 games ahead of San Antonio. The Spurs are 39-8. San Antonio is four games ahead of the Thunder. The Thunder is 36-13....

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant named Western Conference Player of the Week

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Following a 3-0 week by the Thunder, Kevin Durant was named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Jan. 25-31. Durant averaged a league-best 34.7 points per game last week, along with 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in the Thunder's wins against the New York Knicks,...

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne to return against the Wizards on Monday night

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    As the Thunder prepares for a challenging week and month ahead, it's getting a needed boost in the backcourt. Rookie point guard Cameron Payne, just five days after suffering a concussion in Minnesota, will return to the lineup on Monday night against the Wizards. Payne missed the...

  • OKC Thunder: Stephen A. Smith poses Durant-Westbrook to L.A. Lakers scenario

    Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith went on ESPN Radio on Friday and posed a free-agency scenario in which Kevin Durant goes to the Los Angeles Lakers, and Russell Westbrook joins him in L.A. the following summer. Smith called it "a big possibility." “Keep in mind this,” Smith said on ESPN 710's Mason and...

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne (concussion) may return against Wizards on Monday

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    It doesn't look like it'll be a long absence for the Thunder's promising rookie point guard. After suffering a concussion this past Wednesday and missing the Thunder's Friday night win over the Rockets, Cameron Payne returned to Thunder practice on Sunday and could possibly return on Monday...

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The Thunder is back at home tonight after a four-game road trip. Follow live updates on tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Should the Clippers trade Blake Griffin?

    Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    If the Los Angeles Clippers come up short again this season, Doc Rivers might need to think about selling high on his franchise player. Of the Clippers' three foundational stars, Blake Griffin probably would net the highest return in a trade. Several league sources insist that if Rivers, the...

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook decline to respond to Stephen Curry comment

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    A surprising quote from Stephen Curry hit the web on Thursday afternoon. While at a news conference announcing the Warriors new planned-arena, Curry, a Panthers fan, was asked about his favorite football team playing in the Super Bowl in the Bay Area. The night before, the Warriors and...

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne (concussion) out against the Rockets

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The Thunder is still feeling the effects of its arduous four-game road trip. On Thursday, tests confirmed that rookie point guard Cameron Payne suffered a concussion during the Thunder's Wednesday night win in Minnesota. He will miss OKC's home game against the Rockets on Friday and will...

Thunder Rumblings Bloggers

Anthony Slater

Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. He's a hoops fanatic and, this past season, served as a key contributor to The Oklahoman's NBA coverage, consistently blogging about the Thunder and attending nearly every home game.

Erik Horne

Thunder Beat Writer

Erik Horne is in his first season on the Thunder beat. Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep sports, to rodeo, to OU pro days, to monster truck rallies.

A native of LaPlace, La. – located 25 miles west of New Orleans – Horne headed to Atlanta following high school, graduating from Oglethorpe University in 2007 as a four-year letterman in soccer. While in Atlanta, Horne worked two years as an intern then sports editor for SCORE Atlanta, providing coverage of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and high schools in the Atlanta metro area.

Horne lives in Oklahoma City.

Darnell Mayberry

Assist Editor/ NBA Coordinator

Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in 2004.

Mayberry joined The Oklahoman’s sports staff in 2005 after a year at the Akron Beacon Journal, where he covered the University of Akron men’s basketball team, high schools and recruiting. Since arriving at The Oklahoman, Mayberry has become the leading authority on the NBA as the only traveling media member and the only reporter to cover every NBA game ever played in Oklahoma City.

He served as the paper’s beat writer on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from 2005-07, broke the news of the Seattle SuperSonics’ settlement negotiations with the City of Seattle in the summer of 2008, a development that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma, and has covered the Thunder since the franchise’s inception.

Mayberry and his wife, Courtney, were married in 2010 and live in Oklahoma City.