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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Travis Ford confident friend and mentor Billy Donovan will be a success with the Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    There was no one happier than Ford on Thursday afternoon when news broke that Donovan had been hired by the Thunder, an organization that sits just an hour down the road from Ford at Oklahoma State. He plans to make the drive on Friday afternoon to be at Donovan’s introductory press conference.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Answering the lingering questions surrounding the Billy Donovan hire

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Here are a few lingering questions surrounding the Thunder’s Billy Donovan hire:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: An extended examination of Billy Donovan's coaching style

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    “When I was 24 years old, I was forced to scout,” Donovan recalled during a 2014 press conference. “I was forced to coach, I was forced to teach, I was forced to break down film, I was forced to make decisions. There was not any area of coaching, when I was with Coach Pitino, that I wasn’t exposed to.”

  • Thunder reportedly 'pushing to hire' Billy Donovan as coach

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Billy Donovan to OKC rumor mill is starting to gain some serious momentum. Late Tuesday night, ESPN reported that the Thunder and Donovan had begun “formally” discussing the vacant coaching position. On Wednesday morning,Yahoo reported that Sam Presti was “pushing to hire” the long-time Florida coach and “preparing an offer.” Donovan’s name has been floated around plenty […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Is the Thunder coaching search narrowing in on Billy Donovan? What other coaches are the Thunder considering? Ask Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat live at 11 a.m.

  • Report: Thunder have 'formally' discussed coaching job with Billy Donovan

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Since the day the job opened, and even a bit before, Billy Donovan has been labeled as one of the favorites to eventually land in the Thunder’s coaching vacancy. As the search quietly moves forward, that sentiment continues to grow. Late Tuesday night (or early Wednesday morning, depending on your time zone), ESPN reported that […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Ollie reportedly withdraws himself from consideration for the Thunder coaching job

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Recently, Ollie released a statement that said he wasn’t pursuing any other opportunities. He’s entering the second year of a five-year deal. His contract buyout is $5 million, but drops to $4 million after June 1.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who is your guess to be the next Thunder coach?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 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 […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: Anthony Slater on who could replace Scott Brooks

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Thunder writer Anthony Slater answered your OKC coaching search questions Thursday on the Power Lunch. Here's the recap.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: How risky would it be for the Thunder to hire a college coach?

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    His replacement is yet to be determined. But two of the hottest names to emerge in this early coaching search are both college candidates – UConn’s Kevin Ollie and Florida’s Billy Donovan.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Sam Presti confident the Thunder will keep Enes Kanter moving forward

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Kanter is restricted this summer, meaning he can either re-sign with the Thunder or sign an offer sheet elsewhere, which OKC will have the chance to match. From the sounds of it, general manager Sam Presti plans to retain Kanter.

  • 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.




Anthony Slater Today at 1:23 PM Kris Bryant 'KB' shirt outside Wrigley looking a lot like a 'KD' logo LINK
Anthony Slater Today at 10:35 AM Good update on Kevin Durant via @DarnellMayberry -> LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Jul. 04 2015 02:18:14 PM CST RT @NBATV: Billy Donovan and @KDTrey5 are cheering the @okcthunder on as they take on the Hornets right now on NBA TV #NBASummer LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Jul. 04 2015 01:08:56 PM CST Blazers a team with cap space and now a potential need that could configure an expensive offer sheet with Enes Kanter, if interested.
Anthony Slater Sat, Jul. 04 2015 08:05:51 AM CST Follow @DarnellMayberry all week long. He's in Orlando for summer league.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 03 2015 03:54:53 PM CST @ttaylor_ross You have flexibility to keep your own players, but can't use it on open market. Similar for Thunder w Kanter.
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 03 2015 03:46:00 PM CST Nope. Clippers don't have the cap flexibility https://t.co/ZZKC4LYCiJ
Anthony Slater Fri, Jul. 03 2015 09:55:31 AM CST Silence tells us plenty about the Enes Kanter free agency negotiations: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 10:22:15 PM CST @criznazy53 Eliminates a potential suitor
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 08:55:42 PM CST @OKCNightCourt Minimal now. They are chasing Robin Lopez. But if that fails, it could ramp up.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 08:54:07 PM CST Silence tells us plenty about the Enes Kanter free agency situation: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 05:50:47 PM CST Kevin Durant: Better at shooting jumpers than swinging golf clubs LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 04:02:40 PM CST Cameron Payne, as expected, will not play in Summer league. Thunder taking cautious approach with his healing finger.
Anthony Slater Thu, Jul. 02 2015 10:25:29 AM CST Desperate Knicks may hike the price, but OKC committed to matching https://t.co/UL0kQ8Iklm
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 09:10:33 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Why the Kyle Singler deal isn't as bad as you might think - LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:53:04 PM CST @j10payne D-League
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:44:13 PM CST Re-signing of Singler puts OKC roster at 14. Kanter would make 15. One (or more) of PJ3/Novak/Huestis trio won't be on team next year.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:38:35 PM CST Even as he struggled post-trade last February, Thunder brass maintained its affinity for Kyle Singler. $$$howed it today.
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:38:06 PM CST RT @DarnellMayberry: Can confirm @WojYahooNBA report that the Thunder has agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal with restricted free agen…
Anthony Slater Wed, Jul. 01 2015 02:35:37 PM CST More years than expected https://t.co/Pyl3VKzx6N

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