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.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder renews its I-35 rivalry with the Dallas Mavericks. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow's sharpshooting again gives the Thunder a boost in win over Bulls

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    With no need to unleash that patented quick-trigger, Morrow calmly squared up and planted the dagger three, capping OKC’s important 109-100 win over the Bulls.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka misses second straight game with knee soreness

    By Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Ibaka is considered day-to-day. He’s unlikely to play on Monday in Dallas, but hasn’t been ruled out.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Bulls

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder's homestand continues today with a matchup against the Chicago Bulls. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • OKC Thunder: Proud alum Scott Brooks talks about UC Irvine's first NCAA Tournament bid

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    On late Saturday night in Anaheim – or early Sunday morning, if you were watching from the Central Timezone – UC Irvine took down Hawaii to win the Big West title. It gave the Anteaters their first ever NCAA Tournament bid, which, when examining UC Irvine’s basketball history, is a bit surprising. Back in 1986, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant returns to practice for the first time since latest surgery

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    The Thunder’s Saturday afternoon practice was a short and light one. But it came with a welcome sign. For the first time since his latest surgery, Kevin Durant participated in contact and team activities.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter produces big in the Thunder's win over Minnesota

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Before the middle of last month, in its first six-plus seasons in the metro, OKC has never had even a marginal offensive option at the 5 spot. But the arrival of Enes Kanter has completely changed that.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka (knee) misses Timberwolves game and is day-to-day

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Mitch McGary started in Ibaka’s place, becoming the 17th different player to start for the Thunder this season.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves with Serge Ibaka. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka (knee) out against Timberwolves; Mitch McGary to start

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    Throughout what has been an injury ravaged season for the Thunder, Serge Ibaka remained the lone player to appear in every game. Until Friday night. The Thunder big man will sit out against the Timberwolves with right knee soreness. He is listed as day-to-day. “I don’t know if you guys follow my Twitter page, but […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks says the Thunder will try zone defense in the future

    Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Early this season, facing severe injury woes, Thunder coach Scott Brooks tried to combat his lack of healthy bodies with a 2-3 zone defense. And for stretches, it was effective, bothering opposing offenses and allowing an undermanned OKC squad to stick in games. But the past few months, with much of the roster back healthy, the Thunder hasn’t employed that zone. With OKC struggling of late, Brooks was asked if we might see it at some point soon. “Absolutely,” Brooks answered. “It definitely will come back. Time to time, we definitely have to throw it back in there…This is a stretch where we’re struggling the last X number of games. It’s something that we have to do, throw it out there just to change things

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How much of a threat are the Pelicans to OKC's playoff hopes?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 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 OKC’s only professional team. 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 […]

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams discusses the finer points of NBA smack-talking

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    With the Timberwolves coming to town on Friday night, Steven Adams was asked about the unenvious task of battling Minnesota big man Nikola Pekovic. Adams started talking about Pekovic’s brute strength and constant physicality. But the conversation soon turned to smack-talking. Pekovic doesn’t go back-and-forth much. Like Adams, he’s physical but generally quiet on the court. “Nah, he doesn’t chirp,” Adams […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Join Thunder writer Anthony Slater at 11 a.m. as he answers your questions on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: DeAndre Jordan roasts the Thunder's retooled frontline in Clipper win

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    In the Clippers’ loss in Oklahoma City last month, DeAndre Jordan entered averaging 19.3 boards in the past 12 games. On Wednesday, he continued to pummel opponents in the interior.

  • Thunder notebook: Sam Presti calls the idea of trading Kevin Durant 'ludicrous to assert'

    Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The Thunder GM said, “There's no way to measure what he represents to our organization on and off the floor.”

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant to return within one to two weeks

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    For the first time since his latest surgery, Kevin Durant has a firm timetable for his return. The Thunder evaluated him on Wednesday morning and, before Wednesday night’s matchup with the Clippers, Scott Brooks said the superstar forward is expected back in action within the next week to two weeks. “He is progressing, had another […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Clippers

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomes the Los Angeles Clippers to town for a marquee Western Conference matchup. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Enes Kanter happily integrating into new team, city

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    During his final days in Utah, Enes Kanter expressed some unhappiness due to an uncertain role and a questionable future with a losing team filled with young big men. In Oklahoma City, Kanter is again among a logjam of young post players. He’s getting a similar amount of playing time as with the Jazz. But Kanter is playing better and seems far happier. The reason, he says, has to do with team success. “Well, the thing is we are winning here,” Kanter explained. “We are playing for something. We are playing for playoffs, we are playing for ring. There (in Utah), I still respect them and I don’t want to say nothing bad about them. But this is just way different than what I’ve been seeing. It’s a whole different

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant ramping up his on-court activity, including dunking

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Mar 10, 2015

    Since his latest surgery more than two weeks ago, Kevin Durant hasn’t practiced with the team. He’s yet to scrimmage or compete in any contact drills. But his activity is ramping up. The last two days, Durant has been going through intensified post-practice individual workouts with a few coaches and the trainer nearby, maneuvering through […]




Anthony Slater Today at 10:06 AM Ongoing ceremony for the 20th anniversary of the OKC bombing at the memorial LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 18 2015 09:29:49 PM CST Two dunks in one Vine https://t.co/1ZAht5lHSZ
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 18 2015 03:35:26 PM CST Lefty reverse while Anthony Davis is intentionally fouling you. Degree of difficulty = 10 https://t.co/7ssAFmgFId
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 18 2015 01:16:42 PM CST @HerringWSJ Ya, it's definitely unique
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 18 2015 01:07:10 PM CST Motorcycle invasion in OKC https://t.co/P4MdHkir5j
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 18 2015 11:45:14 AM CST Peak Psycho T is playoff ready, bringing all the sloppy hustle https://t.co/16bVlyGzfX
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 18 2015 11:34:38 AM CST Playoffs should be fun. I'm thinking Warriors over Cavs. Finals MVP: Klay Thompson. But they linger: LINK
Anthony Slater Sat, Apr. 18 2015 09:00:27 AM CST Serge Ibaka backed Scott Brooks: "Why would you fire him?" - LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 06:54:17 PM CST Here's the full quote by Serge Ibaka on Scott Brooks. A strong endorsement: LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 06:53:36 PM CST That was part of a larger interview with Serge Ibaka by @hoopshype, which you can read here: LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 06:52:19 PM CST Serge Ibaka on Scott Brooks: "Why would you fire him? What has he done? Injuries were not his fault." LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 06:30:43 PM CST Steven Adams said it was "tables on planes" that surprised him most about NBA life. What did Mitch McGary say? LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 05:57:21 PM CST Russell Westbrook wins West player of the month in February, March and April. His first three career POM awards.
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 04:53:19 PM CST New Thunder podcast, wrapping up the season: LINK
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 03:13:31 PM CST End of the season Thunder podcast dropping shortly.
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 10:48:13 AM CST Dion Waiters on why the stepback jumper is so comfortable for him: "Can't guard it"
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 10:45:40 AM CST Dion Waiters said he's going out to LA to work out with Kobe this offseason: "Kobe said he definitely want to work with a Philly guy."
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 10:36:29 AM CST Dion Waiters offseason goal: "Eating right." Said the biggest reason he played better late this season is cause he got in shape.
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 10:30:08 AM CST @gr8ball83 @kev_in_norman @L0rv Scheduled to go today
Anthony Slater Fri, Apr. 17 2015 10:29:31 AM CST Dion Waiters and Mitch McGary exit interviews about to start at Thunderville. The only two who didn't go yesterday.

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