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.

  • Kevin Durant thanks Scott Brooks, but says he supports team's decision '100 percent'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The world waited for Kevin Durant to speak on the firing of Scott Brooks, and the All-Star forward finally did on Instagram late Wednesday afternoon. Thank you Scotty A photo posted by Kevin Durant (@easymoneysniper) on Apr 22, 2015 at 3:38pm PDT It was a heartfelt farewell to Brooks. But it also came with a […]

  • OKC Thunder: Who will replace Scott Brooks? A long list of candidates

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    For the first time in its history, the Thunder’s head coaching job is vacant. P.J. Carlesimo arrived from Seattle in 2008 entrenched as the franchise’s lead man, coached the Thunder to a 1-12 record in its first 13 games and was promptly fired. Scott Brooks, an assistant at the time, was immediately promoted to interim coach. […]

  • WATCH: Sam Presti Press Conference on Scott Brooks

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Thunder general manager Sam Presti addresses the media following the Thunder's firing of Scott Brooks as head coach on Wednesday. Watch the press conference at 7 p.m. and follow live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the Web.

  • OKC Thunder: Enes Kanter undergoes knee scope, out 4-6 weeks

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The Thunder’s long list of injury issues has now spilled over into the offseason. On Wednesday morning, the team announced that Enes Kanter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, knocking him out of offseason activity for 4-6 weeks. Last summer, both Nick Collison (in June) and Perry Jones (in July) had similar knee scopes […]

  • OKC Thunder: UConn coach Kevin Ollie issues statement, says he has 'no plans to pursue other opportunities'

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    As the rumor mill has swirled this past week, tossing Scott Brooks’ job security into question, UConn coach Kevin Ollie’s name emerged as a possible candidate to become the Thunder coach. On Wednesday morning, in a statement through UConn, Ollie did his best to shoot that possibility down. “As I have said many times, I […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Discussing Scott Brooks' wavering job security

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    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 […]

  • NBA Playoffs: Good weekend for Blake Griffin and other Oklahoma connected players

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    After a rocky regular season that included some quiet rumblings about whether his otherworldly athleticism had declined a bit, Blake Griffin quelled concerns with an explosive introduction to the 2015 postseason. In the Clippers impressive 107-92 win over the Spurs on Sunday night, Griffin finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Oklahoman writers weigh in on Thunder's season

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City saw its players miss a combined 220 games due to injuries, Russell Westbrook emerged as an MVP candidate and coach Scott Brooks’ job security was called into question the moment it was all said and done. Our writers weigh in on those topics and more in a roundtable discussion.

  • NBA Playoffs picks: The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team makes its predictions for every round

    Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NBA PLAYOFFS — The San Antonio Spurs are the overwhelming consensus pick for the NBA championship by The Oklahoman’s Thunder coverage.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook wins Western Conference Player of the Month for April

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    On Friday afternoon, the NBA announced Westbrook took home the award for April after averaging 32.5 points, 8.1 assists and 8.0 rebounds in the Thunder’s eight games. He also captured the award in February and March.

  • Serge Ibaka on Scott Brooks: "Why would you fire him?"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    With his Son of the Congo documentary appearing on ESPN Friday night, Serge Ibaka sat down with HoopsHype.com recently to talk about what the film means to him. But within the interview, Ibaka was asked about the Thunder’s tumultuous season and the recent rumblings about Scott Brooks job security. To both inquiries, he gave a pair of […]

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary reveals what surprised him most about the NBA lifestyle

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    In his legendary exit interview last season, Steven Adams — having just completed his first NBA season — was asked what most surprised him about professional life. “Tables on planes,” Adams smiled in awe. “That’s amazing.” At his exit interview on Friday morning, Thunder rookie Mitch McGary was told how Adams answered a year earlier (“Did he really say […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Grading the Thunder's season player-by-player

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    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 […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder Exit Interviews, Day 2

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Dion Waiters and Mitch McGary have their exit interviews to wrap up the Thunder season. Follow along with Thunder writer Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Surly Kevin Durant stewing in the criticism, fired up for next season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    He gets so worked up over what’s being said that those close to Durant often try to convince him that it’s best to ignore it all together. But he can’t.

  • Scott Brooks on his future with the Thunder: 'I expect to be the coach here next season'

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Early Thursday morning, a Yahoo report surfaced quoting anonymous league sources that said the Thunder was evaluating whether Scott Brooks would remain the team’s long-term coach. A few hours later, at his regularly scheduled exit interview, Brooks addressed his future with the franchise. “I expect to be the coach,” Brooks said. “Proud to be the coach of this organization. […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder Exit Interviews, Day 1

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Coach Scott Brooks leads off the Thunder exit interviews at 10:30 a.m., with players to follow. Watch the live stream and follow Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, and more for updates throughout.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC eliminated from playoff contention on season's final night

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A tumultuous Thunder season that was derailed by injuries finally came to an end Wednesday night.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The season comes down to one game. Can the Oklahoma City Thunder take down the Minnesota Timberwolves and get some help from the San Antonio Spurs to make the playoffs? Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The season comes down to one game. Can the Oklahoma City Thunder take down the Minnesota Timberwolves and get some help from the San Antonio Spurs to make the playoffs? Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.




Anthony Slater Wed, May. 27 2015 05:55:11 PM CST Home for our player-by-player Thunder season review: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 27 2015 11:23:55 AM CST @sturgill123 A combo guard or wing. Much bigger need than in the frontcourt.
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 27 2015 11:16:00 AM CST He's a 6-11 playmaking power forward from Arkansas https://t.co/kTALu3Hrnf
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 25 2015 09:16:11 PM CST Swish https://t.co/5G8rPyT7T3
Anthony Slater Mon, May. 25 2015 11:05:49 AM CST Steven Adams season report card: LINK Adams roundtable: LINK
Anthony Slater Sun, May. 24 2015 09:25:18 PM CST LeBron poster https://t.co/addCRiQnzu
Anthony Slater Fri, May. 22 2015 09:21:53 PM CST The LeBron bot is twitching out https://t.co/p5pdcP3eZR
Anthony Slater Fri, May. 22 2015 12:20:50 PM CST @DarnellMayberry @NewsOK You shall refer to me as 'video star' from here on out
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:44:49 PM CST @BrianCoog95 lol vacation is pretty nice
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:39:22 PM CST When James Harden heard I wasn't a breakfast defector... https://t.co/AAdYwPuaPx
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:29:20 PM CST He seems to think the foul may have been on Corey Brewer https://t.co/8qZ8km4jYx
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 12:50:07 PM CST ICYMI- Our latest Thunder podcast: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:43:05 AM CST Russell Westbrook named All-NBA 2nd Team for the fourth time in his career: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, May. 21 2015 10:30:10 AM CST Russell Westbrook named All-NBA 2nd team. Fourth time he's been second team. Curry/Harden the 1st-team guards.
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 20 2015 10:29:29 PM CST Our latest Thunder podcast: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 20 2015 02:54:45 PM CST New Thunder podcast: What should OKC do with the 14th pick? LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 20 2015 11:59:13 AM CST RT @WojYahooNBA: Yahoo Sources: Scott Brooks passing on New Orleans and Denver coaching interviews, likely sitting out next season. http://…
Anthony Slater Wed, May. 20 2015 09:46:43 AM CST OKC has the 14th pick. A look at the players who have been drafted in that range recently -> LINK
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 19 2015 09:14:45 PM CST @AuthorDebCowan Conference call after the lottery
Anthony Slater Tue, May. 19 2015 09:00:02 PM CST @61gabester Nice catch, thanks

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