Anthony Slater
Sports Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com'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.

  • OKC Thunder: Outpouring of support exemplifies Monty and Ingrid Williams’ wide-ranging impact in the basketball community

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Feb 11, 2016

    By pure NBA scheduling coincidence, the New Orleans Pelicans arrived in Oklahoma City just hours after news spread of the tragic death of Ingrid Williams.

  • Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson discusses the impact Monty and Ingrid Williams had on his life

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Back in August 2013, Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson's girlfriend committed suicide. Anderson found her body in her New Orleans apartment. He was completely devastated. His coach at the time, current Thunder assistant Monty Williams, got the first call. Monty rushed to the scene, dragged a heartbroken Anderson away and took him back to Williams' house. There, Monty and his wife, Ingrid Williams, prayed and consoled and helped Anderson through the toughest of times. It's an inspiring story of coping with a tragedy beautifully detailed by Sports Illustrated in November of 2014. And it's what made Wednesday's news of the car crash that led to Ingrid's death so hard for Anderson to grasp.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow, Kevin Durant, Billy Donovan react to tragic death of Monty Williams' wife

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 9 hr ago

    It was an understandably somber atmosphere around the Thunder's shootaround this morning in advance of OKC's game against the Pelicans on Thursday night. Ingrid Williams, the wife of assistant coach Monty Williams, tragically died on Wednesday afternoon from injuries suffered in a car accident in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. The team was still trying to process the news. "Tried to think about what I was gonna say, but I just love Coach Monty so much," Kevin Durant told reporters, fighting back tears, before eventually having to walk away. "I feel for him, man. Somebody we all love, man. I just don’t know what to say, man. I’m sorry.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    It's the final game before the All-Star break. Follow live coverage of tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder journal: New Orleans Pelicans return to Oklahoma City healthier, but still floundering

    By Anthony Slater, Staff writer, Aslater@Oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    When the Pelicans arrived in Oklahoma City in mid-November, Ish Smith was their starting point guard, Jimmer Fredette was getting minutes off the bench and eight players were inactive due to injury. Smith is in Philadelphia now, Fredette is with the D-League's Westchester Knicks and most of the injured Pelicans have returned to the lineup. But a season that came with so much promise remains toiled in disappointment. Entering Wednesday, the Pelicans were 19-32, putting them 6.5 games behind the Rockets for the eighth seed in the West. Last season, New Orleans surprised the basketball world, going 45-37 to squeak by the Thunder and nab a playoff spot.

  • OKC Thunder: Previewing the Thunder's Thursday night matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans

    By Anthony Slater, aslater@Oklahoman.com, Staff writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater previews the Thunder's Thursday night matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans When: 7 p.m., Wednesday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: TNT (Cox 31) and FSOK (Cox 37/HD 722 — Dish 416 — DirecTV 676-5 — U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM THREE THINGS TO KNOW * The Pelicans are 13-21 against the West this season. The Thunder is 24-5 against the West. New Orleans is 6-20 on the road. OKC is 24-5 at home. * With 37 points against the Magic, 40 against the Warriors and 32 against the Suns, Kevin Durant has scored 30-plus in three straight games for the first time this season. * This is the second of three matchups between these teams this

  • Kevin Durant reflects on photographing the Super Bowl, calling it a top-five life experience

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    PHOENIX -- Kevin Durant has hit game-winning shots, won an Olympic gold medal, put up 66 points in a legendary Rucker Park performance and achieved nearly every basketball goal imaginable sans an NBA title. But on Sunday, he did something he said was one of the "top five times of my life." Credentialed through The Player's Tribune, Durant photographed the Super Bowl from the sideline. "Don't want to say (it's up there with) getting drafted, but it was in the realm of that," Durant said. "Just being able to experience something so huge, so big, on that level. I've watched it plenty of times, went to the game last year. But to be able to sit on the sideline, taking pictures, something that I love to do.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What did we learn from the Warriors game?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies -- 02/09 (<–Click Here) - The Thunder's loss in Golden State brought plenty of interesting data to analyze. What did we like from OKC's side of things? Dislike? What about Scott Brooks' recent comments? Or the recent chatter about KD's free agency? Berry Tramel joins us to discuss.

  • OKC Thunder: Former coach Scott Brooks discusses his firing with The Vertical

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    After six-plus years with the Thunder, Scott Brooks was fired this past April. Ever since, he went radio silent, not making any public comments about OKC's decision to let him go. That ended on Tuesday morning. Brooks joined The Vertical's Chris Mannix for a podcast, discussing a variety of topics. One of those was his disappointment for how his tenure in Oklahoma City ended. You can listen to the interview here. Here is a quick transcript of the OKC related topics: On being fired by the Thunder... Brooks: "It was disappointing. It was really disappointing. I thought my staff did a great job. Last season, we still ended up top-five in scoring. The last five years I was there, we

  • OKC Thunder journal: Kevin Durant, Anthony Morrow reflect on a memorable day at the Super Bowl

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    "Don't want to say (it's up there with) getting drafted, but it was in the realm of that," Durant said. "Just being able to experience something so huge, so big, on that level. I've watched it plenty of times, went to the game last year. But to be able to sit on the sideline, taking pictures, something that I love to do. I'm definitely going to sit down and have a glass of Pinot Noir and talk about this for a long time."

  • OKC Thunder: Offense overcomes poor defensive effort in win over Suns

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Kevin Durant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half and Oklahoma City pulled away in the final four minutes to hand the Phoenix Suns their eighth consecutive loss, 122-106 on Monday night.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Suns

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    The Thunder is in Phoenix tonight looking to bounce back from Saturday's loss at Golden State. Follow live updates on tonight's matchup from Thunder writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant comments on the firing of Derek Fisher: "I think he did a great job"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    PHOENIX -- With Kevin Durant's impending free agency looming large over the Thunder and the rest of the league, almost any big decision has some sort of a link back to KD. On Monday morning, the New York Knicks fired Derek Fisher. Fisher, of course, became a close friend of Durant's during his time with the Thunder. Some thought the presence of Fisher gave the Knicks an extra boost in its chase of Durant. But he's gone now. What'd Durant think when he heard? "Yeah, man, that's a tough situation," Durant said at Monday's shootaround. "Going to the biggest market in the league, having so much pressure from Day 1. (Carmelo Anthony)'s been out, what, 9 or 10 games? It's tough not having your

  • OKC Thunder: Five takeaways from the Thunder’s first game against the Warriors

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Round 2 comes on Feb. 27 in Oklahoma City. But here are five takeaways from Round 1:

  • OKC Thunder journal: Durant refers to “uncertainty” when downplaying free agency questions

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    In prefacing a pregame question regarding free agency, a reporter said to Kevin Durant, “I’m sure in most cities you go, people ask you about free agency…”

  • OKC Thunder: Second-half rally falls short in loss to Warriors

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Down the stretch of OKC’s 116-108 loss on Saturday night, an old issue reappeared against the league’s best team.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Warriors

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    It's the first of three meetings between the Thunder and Warriors. Follow live updates on tonight's game from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: How Golden State's Stephen Curry went from little-known recruit to the face of the NBA

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    It’s tough for Curry to walk around anywhere and be anonymous anymore. Which is quite the change for a guy who, 10 years ago, couldn’t get the attention of just about anyone in the basketball world.

  • OKC Thunder: Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson discuss the challenge of guarding Russell Westbrook

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr notices a difference in the Thunder offense this season, which has led to a difference in Russell Westbrook. "It seems like he has the ball more," Kerr said. "They've changed a little bit offensively. A lot more on-ball screens for him with (Kevin Durant) off the ball. Obviously they're both phenomenal players. I'd say Westbrook is playing as well as he's ever played." Kerr knows the challenge ahead of his team on Saturday night, trying to contain a Thunder offense that is clicking at an incredibly efficient rate the past six weeks. "A little better movement," Kerr said of OKC under Billy Donovan. "Some different looking sets. Misdirection stuff. A lot of on-ball

  • Thunder journal: Will Kevin Durant see time at center against Warriors?

    By Erik Horne and Anthony Slater Staff Writers | Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Golden State puts 6-foot-7 Draymond Green at center in small lineups. Could the Thunder do the same with Kevin Durant against the Warriors? Serge Ibaka's ability to defend multiple positions will presumably be stretched to his limits against a Warriors lineup that has its best offensive rating with Green as center/point forward who leads the team in assists per game (7.4). Ibaka was seen post-practice on Friday getting in extra work away from the rest of the Thunder bigs, guarding D.J. Augustin in one-on-one situations. With Ibaka possibly being deployed against guards and perimeter players in a small Thunder lineup, coach Billy Donovan didn't rule out Durant anchoring the Thunder frontcourt in spots.  “I




Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 10:55:25 PM CST The outpouring of support for Monty Williams exemplifies his impact on the basketball community. Story from OKC: https://t.co/BaodtSU15q
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 10:00:22 PM CST ICYMI: Ryan Anderson, from a unique perspective, in a heartfelt conversation about Monty and Ingrid Williams - https://t.co/9svUwn9xCv
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:52:42 PM CST Kevin Durant on Monty Williams part 2 https://t.co/ZTbVNKbjg2
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:50:44 PM CST Kevin Durant on Monty Williams part 1 https://t.co/LtDHGUjNW2
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:16:57 PM CST Dominant win from the Thunder heading into the break: 121-95 over the Pelicans. OKC is 40-14. Eight days off.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:14:30 PM CST Steve Novak 3s tonight: 2 in 1 minute Pelicans 3s tonight: 3 in 47 minutes
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 09:09:20 PM CST With a Thunder win sealed, this is a great stat https://t.co/SlAWD1GV1u
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:50:02 PM CST Two 3s from both Singler and Morrow off the Thunder bench tonight. Only three 3s from the entire Pelicans roster.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:44:42 PM CST End 3Q: Thunder leading the Pelicans 95-74. Westbrook with 23-10-9. KD with 23-3-6. Pelicans defense has been brutal all night.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:38:31 PM CST A final Russell Westbrook power slam before the All-Star break https://t.co/YjeBhiPJF2
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:34:15 PM CST This is such a great block from Serge Ibaka https://t.co/S3kTzBZPRX
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 08:00:18 PM CST Russell Westbrook's first half: 18 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds Kevin Durant's first half: 17 points, 2 assists Thunder lead Pelicans 62-53
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:58:59 PM CST Check out this out of bounds, late in shot clock, play from Westbrook to KD to Westbrook https://t.co/GWNUaifPvz
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:55:37 PM CST Simple action out of the timeout leads to an easy Durant layup https://t.co/MLVpTH1K5X
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:39:48 PM CST Beautiful lefty bounce pass from Russell Westbrook on the break leading Enes Kanter into dunk https://t.co/GXDluumOrh
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:34:26 PM CST The point guard play.......has not been crisp the past few minutes.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:26:36 PM CST Serge Ibaka's first quarter: 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and this rebound putback https://t.co/LIGqyvHcSU
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:25:14 PM CST End 1Q: Thunder lead the Pelicans 29-25. Kevin Durant has 11 points.
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:17:26 PM CST Westbrook and Adams continue to grow as pick-and-roll partners https://t.co/Iqwab6K0sn
Anthony Slater Thu, Feb. 11 2016 07:16:14 PM CST The Thunder staff left Monty Williams' typical bench seat open the first couple possessions. Assistant Darko Rajakovic is in it now.

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