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: Five observations from the Thunder's preseason finale

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Perry Jones had 20 points and Russell Westbrook added 14 points and 11 assists for Oklahoma City, which struggled in its final preseason game.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook thinks the preseason should be shorter

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Thunder’s preseason schedule came to an end on Tuesday night. And if you ask star point guard Russell Westbrook, it came a few games too late. “Shorten the preseason,” Westbrook said. “The preseason needs to be shortened for sure. I just think that it’s too long, seven games. It should be three or four games and then get ready for the season.” Of late, some NBA stars have advocated for the shortening of the 82-game regular season. LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki were at the forefront of that. But Westbrook disagrees. “I’m cool with that,” Westbrook said of the regular-season length. “That’s fine with me. I like playing basketball, actually I love playing basketball. I have no problem playing 82

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up its preseason schedule against the Utah Jazz tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant becomes underwear endorser for Neff Headwear

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s current inactivity on the court isn’t affecting his momentum in the business world. The Thunder superstar partnered with another company on Tuesday afternoon, with Neff Headwear announcing Durant as its newest endorser. “We teamed up with NBA superstar and global icon Kevin Durant to create an exclusive designer underwear collection,” the company wrote […]

  • Transcript of Kevin Durant's first meeting with the media since his injury

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    For the first time since the first significant injury of his life, Kevin Durant spoke with the media on Tuesday morning. Here is the transcript: What’s your frame of mind coming out of surgery? It was good. It was different experience for me, never been injured before. Throughout this whole process, the Thunder’s been great […]

  • Live Coverage: Kevin Durant Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Kevin Durant speaks with the media at 9:30 a.m. from the Thunder practice facility. Follow our live coverage with The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks unsure whether he will rest Russell Westbrook on back-to-backs this season

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Russell Westbrook has looked great in the preseason. So it’s expected that he will have no restrictions once the regular season starts, particularly after the injury to Kevin Durant. But Scott Brooks, at least for now, wasn’t ready to rule that out.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves Preseason in Tulsa

    Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and others provide coverage of Oklahoma City's preseason game against Minnesota in Tulsa.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams' improved offensive touch leads to breakout preseason, high expectations

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Oct 18, 2014

    Steven Adams returned to training camp this year a much improved offensive player. He showed flashes last season, but his production was inconsistent and limited. This season, the difference has been clear.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow impresses in starting debut with Thunder

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    For the first time this preseason, Thunder coach Scott Brooks was able to trot out a starting five we could conceivably see on opening night. And it was an intriguing one.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Raptors Preseason

    Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and others provide coverage of the Thunder's preseason game in Wichita, Kan.

  • Kevin Durant posts Instagram photos of himself on crutches: "I'll be back"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    With surgery completed, the reigning MVP has finally started the clock toward recovery. Kevin Durant had his Jones fracture operated on in Charlotte on Thursday afternoon, then quickly returned home to Oklahoma City. And upon arrival, Durant posted a pair of Instagram photos, one of himself crutching around the house and the other of him […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder face off against the New Orleans Pelicans in their fourth preseason game tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: Steven Adams and Reggie Jackson team up for hilarious commercial

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    With Steven Adams expected to get an enhanced offensive role this season, he needs to be in tune with his point guards. On Tuesday night, it looked like Adams had developed a nice connection with Russell Westbrook, who fed the big man four easy hoops in the second quarter of OKC’s preseason win over Memphis. […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Add Anthony Morrow (sore ankle) to the long list of minor Thunder injuries

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Guard Anthony Morrow joined the walking wounded on Wednesday, sitting out practice with what coach Scott Brooks called a sore ankle. His status for Thursday’s preseason game in New Orleans is unknown.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 117-107 preseason win over Memphis

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 117-107 preseason win over Memphis on Tuesday: 1. All Adams, all the time – Steven Adams heard two quick whistles in the first three minutes on Tuesday night. Foul trouble, again, banished him to the bench. But that may be the only thing that’ll be able to keep him there this year. Upon […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant sits on bench without walking boot or limp

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    In somewhat of a surprise, Kevin Durant was in the building on Tuesday night. The Thunder’s injured superstar sat on the OKC bench during an preseason game against Memphis, wearing his signature KD’s without a protective boot on his fractured right foot. Durant even bounced around a little during warmups, celebrated with his teammates after nice plays and walked without a limp during timeouts. At halftime, he fired up some flat-footed practice shots. At one point, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph peered down the benches toward Durant, pointed downward and mouthed: “Your foot good?” Durant gave him an approving nod. None of this changes the expected timetable for Durant’s return (six to eight weeks).

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Grizzlies Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    No Kevin Durant tonight, but the Oklahoma City Thunder makes its preseason home debut against the always-tough Memphis Grizzlies. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant still undecided on treatment options for foot fracture

    By Erick Horne, Anthony Slater and Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Across Oklahoma City, the stunning Kevin Durant injury news has started to sink in. But the treatment of that injury, according to USA Today, still remains undecided. At his press conference on Sunday, Sam Presti said the team, Durant and Durant’s representatives would discuss all the options over the following days. That conversation is apparently still taking place. Durant could either get surgery, which is how a Jones fracture is traditionally treated, or try to let it heal through rest, which is reportedly tough because of the limited blood supply to the foot area. RANDOLPH FELL FOR ADAMS’ ‘PLAN’ Zach Randolph spent all summer thinking about Steven Adams.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With Kevin Durant out, what should Scott Brooks do with the starting lineup?

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    The Thunder entered training camp with two starting spots open. For now – though he won’t admit it – it seems coach Scott Brooks has settled on both.




Anthony Slater Today at 10:19 AM RT @DarnellMayberry: The next eight games will provide answers to the Thunder's messy situation LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Nov. 20 2014 10:37:15 PM CST Raiders get big sack, celebrate while the next play is going on lol https://t.co/sHUeZ1RExB
Anthony Slater Thu, Nov. 20 2014 07:16:39 PM CST Crazy TD by West Virginia https://t.co/OKCvY6mbp9
Anthony Slater Thu, Nov. 20 2014 05:37:19 PM CST Our latest Thunder podcast -- LINK -- is now on iTunes: https://t.co/r3HYvajA4I
Anthony Slater Thu, Nov. 20 2014 03:17:04 PM CST New Thunder podcast -- Is it time to panic in Oklahoma City? We discuss: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Nov. 20 2014 02:00:41 PM CST Talking all things Thunder hoops right now, right here: LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Nov. 20 2014 12:11:06 PM CST New Thunder podcast dropping later today.
Anthony Slater Thu, Nov. 20 2014 12:04:20 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: ICYMI: Kobe says Durant didn't really mean that not nice thing he said to Dwight Howard LINK
Anthony Slater Thu, Nov. 20 2014 09:51:49 AM CST Kevin Durant adds Oklahoma City-based Sonic to his ever-growing list of endorsement partners -> LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 11:09:15 PM CST Updated Western Conference standings: LINK
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 11:06:13 PM CST Lakers win and improve to 3-9. Thunder (3-10) now alone at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 10:26:16 PM CST @cristianisking No
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 10:24:41 PM CST -Sebastian Telfair: 18 points on 7/7 FG -Reggie Jackson: 16 points on 5/20 FG
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 10:22:30 PM CST Thunder lose 107-100 in Denver, fall to 3-10 this season.
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 10:18:32 PM CST Reggie Jackson misses an ill-advised three, then Denver nails two dagger threes. Nuggets up nine.
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 10:15:42 PM CST Serge Ibaka with a larrrrge three. Thunder, somehow, only down three. https://t.co/xSVcNgeyPx
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 10:02:31 PM CST The Nuggets take some strangggge shots.
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 09:50:05 PM CST Thunder hasn't given up 100 points the past seven games. Denver with 88 through three quarters. Defense falters the night offense is decent.
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 09:32:14 PM CST Nuggets lead stretched to 13 midway through the third quarter. This game is getting away from OKC.
Anthony Slater Wed, Nov. 19 2014 09:22:53 PM CST @Hubbs0412 Yeah, I think burden of being #1 guy (and the pressure/attention defenses throw at #1 guys) is weighing on him