• Turkey's Fenerbahce beats Nets 101-96 in exhibition game

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets lost their preseason opener Monday night to Turkey's Fenerbahce Ulker, which got 18 points from former NBA lottery pick Jan Vesely in a 101-96 victory. Brook Lopez scored 18 points for the Nets and Wayne Ellington added 16. With a big crowd of fans cheering them on, the Istanbul team improved to 2-2 all-time against NBA clubs. Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 2014 Phoenix Suns draft pick, added 17 points, and another former NBA player, Gigi Datome, had 16.

  • Cavaliers return to home court for 1st time since Finals

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers took the court at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night for the first time since losing Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June. The Cavs held their annual Wine and Gold scrimmage, and James, as he often does, got the crowd of 14,480 going with a trademark dunk. He scored six points in 12 minutes. James called it "a great turnout," and said it was "unbelievable" that so many fans turned out on a Monday night. In a callback to the Finals against Golden State, much of James' supporting cast was missing because of injuries, as well as a contract impasse. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert all sat out hurt, while Tristan Thompson is holding out for a long-term contr

  • Stephen A. Smith to Kevin Durant: ‘You don’t want to make an enemy of me’

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    The public back-and-forth between Thunder forward Kevin Durant and ESPN's Stephen A. Smith took another turn Monday when Smith fired back at Durant on ESPN's First Take in a segment that lasted close to 15 minutes. Smith's latest volley came in response to Durant's comments on Friday. The Thunder star said Smith was “lying” and “making up stories” about him being primarily interested in going to L.A. in free agency if he doesn't re-sign with Oklahoma City. Here's some of what Smith said: “Kevin Durant is the last person on earth that should be going off on the media like that,” Smith said in a portion of his segment.

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist out indefinitely, has torn labrum

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss an extended period of time after an MRI revealed he has a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The team made the announcement Monday, but would not say if he needed surgery or how long he will be out. On Sunday, the team announced he had a separated shoulder, but an MRI upon returning to Charlotte confirmed additional a torn labrum too. The Hornets say Kidd-Gilchrist will meet with team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook on Tuesday to determine the next steps for the recovery and rehabilitation of his shoulder. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury in Saturday's preseason game at Orlando in the second quarter when he landed on the fl

  • Former Suns center Neal Walk dead at 67

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Neal Walk, a tough center on the early Phoenix Suns teams who became an inspirational speaker after losing the use of his legs, has died at age 67. The Suns confirmed his passing in a statement on Monday. "We were saddened last night to learn of the passing of Neal Walk, an integral member of the most successful Suns teams in our franchise's early years," the Suns said in the statement. "The Suns will always remember and appreciate the many contributions Neal made, both on the court with his scoring ability and tenacious rebounding, and later as a community ambassador and photo archivist with the team." Walk lost the use of his legs in a surgery to remove a tumor from his spine in 1987. Phoenix dr

  • Video: Thunder Blue-White Scrimmage at Newcastle High School

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 11 hr ago

    This is for the die-hard Thunder heads. For all of you who couldn't make it to the team's annual Blue-White scrimmage on Sunday at Newcastle High School, thank God for YouTube. While you're at it, thank Dylan Jones, too. He's one of the 2,000 or so fans who were fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of this year's Thunder team. And he had the foresight to film it. Note: we planned on doing a live stream at NewsOK.com on Sunday but were rebuffed by the team for some reason that sounded like, well, because. I'm not sure really. At any rate, the internet wins again. Enjoy.

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant unveils basketball court at North Highland Elementary

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 11 hr ago

    Kevin Durant unveiled a new basketball court for North Highland Elementary School and the Oklahoma City community at a dedication ceremony. The outdoor court is the first North American court launch under the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation.

  • VIDEO: Stephen A Smith responds to Kevin Durant comments on ESPN's First Take

    Erik Horne | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Last week, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported that if Kevin Durant doesn't re-sign with the Thunder, "L.A. (Lakers) is his primary objective." Durant responded, saying Smith was lying. Smith responded the same day via Twitter and the world awaited the next chapter. It was presumed Smith would go into deeper length about his mini-beef with Durant on ESPN's First Take on Monday. Smith did, along with his co-host Skip Bayless.

  • Dion Waiters is having fun playmaking for teammates

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Waiters unofficially finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists, showing off his passing ability and strong finishing at the rim.

  • Bryant returns as Jazz beat Lakers 90-71 in preseason


    HONOLULU (AP) — Kobe Bryant scored five points in his first action since undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in the Los Angeles Lakers' 90-71 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday. Bryant was 1 of 5 from the field, with his only made basket coming on a 3-pointer from the left corner. He made both of his free throw attempts. Derrick Favors had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Jazz in the preseason opener for both teams. JAZZ: Favors scored 12 points in the first half. Gordon Hayward added 11 points and nine rebounds, Rudy Gobert had 10 points and eight boards, and Trey Burke added 10 points. LAKERS: Guard Lou Williams, who won NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors with Toronto last season, scored 14 points o

  • Bosh returns to the lineup, Hornets top Heat 90-77


    MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh returned to the Miami Heat lineup and scored 14 points in a 90-77 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night in a preseason game. Bosh, who missed Miami's final 30 games last season because of blood clots in one of his lungs, played 23 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds. Brian Roberts led the Hornets with 21 points. HORNETS: Roberts shot 6 of 11 from the field and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. HEAT: Gerald Green and Amare Stoudemire each scored 12 points in their Miami debuts. Stoudemire also had six rebounds. ROOKIE WATCH: Frank Kaminsky and Justice Winslow, the ninth and 10th selections, respectively, in the 2015 NBA draft, each scored nine points. Kaminsky also finished with 11

  • Hornets' Kidd-Gilchrist has dislocated right shoulder


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated right shoulder. The team announced the news on Sunday but did not speculate on how long he'll be out of action. The injury occurred with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday's preseason contest at Orlando when he hit the floor hard. Kidd-Gilchrist did not play against the Miami Heat on Sunday. Kidd-Gilchrist is a key player for Charlotte. The Hornets were 28-29 last season when he played and 5-20 without him. The 6-foot-7 Kidd-Gilchrist will be further evaluated by Hornets team physicians in Charlotte on Monday. The team said an update on his status will be provided when available.

  • Slimmed-down Lowry scores 26, Raptors beat Clippers


    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 26 points in 21 minutes, leading the Toronto Raptors to a 93-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night in a preseason game. The All-Star point guard, who arrived at training camp noticeably slimmer after a summer of healthy eating and grueling workouts, shot 7 for 10 from the field and 11 for 12 from the free throw line. JJ Redick led the Clippers with 15 points, while Blake Griffin — who knocked the shot clock off its mooring with a thunderous dunk during warmups — added 14. CLIPPERS: Paul Pierce made his only shot and scored two points in 9 minutes off the bench. He was booed after leading the Washington Wizards to a sweep of the Raptors in last

  • Pizza and soccer on agenda for Celtics on trip to Italy


    MILAN (AP) — After a couple of days in Milan, Isaiah Thomas' Italian experience is still lacking a certain something. "I'm waiting on some pizza," said a laughing Thomas, who used to do commercials for a regional pizza franchise when he played for the Sacramento Kings. "The place we went to last night didn't have no pizza so hopefully tonight we go somewhere I can order some pizza for real." This trip isn't just about culinary experiences, though. The Celtics are in Milan to play an exhibition game against Olimpia Milano on Tuesday before traveling to Spain to play Real Madrid as part of the NBA Global Games.

  • LeBron James call Thompson's contract issue 'a distraction'


    CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James was done talking about Tristan Thompson's contract situation. Then he saw his teammate at a wedding Saturday and changed his mind. In his most candid comments yet, James called Thompson's stalemate with the Cavaliers "a distraction" on Sunday and urged both sides to get a deal done. "The last thing you need is a distraction when you try to make a championship run. And we have that right now," James said after practice at the team's facility in Independence, Ohio. "It's unfortunate for both sides that we're going through it right now as a team." Thompson, who played a major role in Cleveland's run to the NBA Finals last season, has not reported to training camp as he remains in a holdout f

  • Jason Kidd and Badgers' Bo Ryan form bond during Bucks camp


    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A training camp trip to the University of Wisconsin allowed the Milwaukee Bucks' Jason Kidd to form a coaching bond with the Badgers' Bo Ryan. Two former point guards are leading two young teams. "We saw the game a certain way, when we were playing. As coaches, now we try to institute that in our players to get them to see the game the same way. A few tweaks here and there, as all coaches do," Ryan said after watching the Bucks practice at the Badgers' facility. "I'm impressed with how (the Bucks) are working with one another, the energy they have here," he added. Kidd liked building camaraderie with Ryan, who has guided Wisconsin to back-to-back Final Four appearances. The Badgers lost to D

  • Pelicans beat Pacers 110-105 in preseason opener

    Updated: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Davis had 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 110-105 victory over the Indiana Pacers in the preseason opener for both teams Saturday night. Davis scored all of his points in the first half, shot 8-of-17, and was limited to 15 minutes. PELICANS: Eric Gordon returned to his home state and scored 16 points. ... Luke Babbitt scored 16 points off the bench. PACERS: Monta Ellis, who averaged 18.9 points last season, only scored two in 21 minutes. ... Paul George had 18 points and five rebounds. STAR WATCH: George got off to a hot start with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting in the first quarter, including two 3-pointers and a dunk.

  • Hornets Kidd-Gilchrist leaves game with shoulder injury

    Updated: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Hornets coach Steve Clifford said forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the hospital for further evaluation Saturday night after injuring his right shoulder in Charlotte's 106-100 exhibition win over Orlando. Kidd-Gilchrist was curling off a screen late in the second quarter when he tumbled to the ground after absorbing a foul by a Magic player. He stayed down for several seconds, and got up holding his shoulder. He was immediately helped to the locker room. Clifford said that the injury put a damper on an otherwise productive preseason opener for the new-look Hornets, but didn't have an update on his status beyond him going to the hospital. "We're just waiting to hear anything, but nothing

  • Hornets Kidd-Gilchrist injured in 106-100 win over Magic

    Updated: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jeremy Lin had 17 points, Jeremy Lamb added 16 and the Charlotte Hornets held on to beat the Orlando Magic 106-100 on Saturday night in their exhibition opener. Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury after going to the floor following a foul in the second quarter. Magic: Reserve big man Andrew Nicholson made the most of his 21 minutes, scoring 23 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Rookie watch: Fifth-overall draft pick Mario Hezonja had nine points, a dunk and shot well from the outside in his debut. Charlotte rookie Frank Kaminsky had seven points and four rebounds.

  • This Russell Westbrook Promo Will Get You Jacked For His 2015-16 Season

    Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Russ couldn't carry the Thunder to the playoffs by himself last season. That just gives him more motivation. This highlight mix shows that.