• OKC Thunder: Who looks good in orange?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Linda Miller was the fashion editor at The Oklahoman for two-plus decades and writes the Fashion Matters blog, and since it appears the Thunder might be debuting orange alternate jerseys this season, it got us thinking about the fashion ramifications. (Yes, sports writers think about fashion. Scary, right?)

  • OKC Thunder: Ranking the Thunder's alternate jerseys

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoman columnist Jenni Carlson ranks those other jerseys from best to worst:

  • OKC Thunder: Could an orange alternate jersey disrupt the Thunder's Bedlam peace?

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    The Thunder has brought this state together like little else has. Sooners and Cowboys now cheer for the same team. Oklahoma City and Tulsa now agree about something. Heck, people in Oklahoma have even come to love a Texas Longhorn. But could this cats-and-dogs-living-together utopia be getting a test?

  • OKC Thunder: What fans think of the leaked orange jerseys

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Recently, an orange Thunder alternate jersey leaked on the web. To get a better gage of fan reaction, we reached out to the Thunder faithful for their response.

  • OKC Thunder to face Turkish team Fenerbache Ulker in preseason home game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A couple preseasons ago, the Thunder traveled overseas and made a stop in Istanbul, facing Turkish team Fenerbahçe Ülker in a friendly exhibition. This preseason, Fenerbache is returning the favor, traveling stateside to face the Thunder. The game will be played on October 9th in Oklahoma City, confirmed by the Turkish club. Fenerbahçe Ülker will face the @BrooklynNets on October 5 at Barclays Center and the @okcthunder on October 9 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. — Fenerbahçe Ülker (@fenerbahceulker) July 28, 2015 Fenerbahçe Ülker also happens to be the professional club where Thunder center Enes Kanter, a Turkey

  • Wisconsin Assembly approves Milwaukee Bucks arena deal

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly voted Tuesday to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city. No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team owner Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public. "The Bucks will not only remain home in Wisconsin, but we'll soon begin a transformative economic development project that will help revitalize our community and region," Feigin said in a statement issued by the team.

  • Barnes says he fits Grizzlies' 'Grit & Grind' approach

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Barnes believes he epitomizes the "Grit & Grind" style of play the Memphis Grizzlies have prided themselves on for years. Now that the Grizzlies have acquired him, the 35-year-old veteran forward is eager to continue playing that brand of basketball while winning over a fan base accustomed to cheering against him. The Grizzlies acquired Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets last month in exchange for guard Luke Ridnour. Barnes averaged 10.1 points and 4 rebounds per game with the Los Angeles Clippers last season. The Grizzlies believe Barnes' tenacious style makes him an ideal fit for this franchise. General manager Chris Wallace says "if there's any player that was destined to be a Grizzl

  • Nuggets sign 2nd-round pick Jokic

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have signed 20-year-old Serbian center Nikola Jokic to a multi-year contract. Jokic, a second-round draft pick, has spent the last three years playing for KK Mega Vizura of the Adriatic League. In five starts for the Nuggets summer league team, the 6-foot-10, 250-pound center averaged 8 points. 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 blocks in 21 minutes per game.

  • Walker calls Bucks arena 'good deal all the way around'

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says the bill passed by the state Assembly committing $250 million in taxpayer money toward paying for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena a "good deal all the way around." Walker made his comments Tuesday while speaking with reporters at Pat's King of Steaks, one of two Philadelphia cheesesteak institutions he was visiting. Walker says he is ready to sign the bill, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote. There were 35 Republicans and 17 Democrats in support, with 20 Republicans and 14 Democrats against. Republican Rep. Dean Knudson voted against the measure. He says government shouldn't subsidize professional sports facilities. No one spoke against the measure during the roughly

  • Hornets sign free agent guard Elliot Williams

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Hornets have announced they have signed free agent guard Elliot Williams. Terms of the deal were not released Tuesday. The 6-foot-5 Williams signed a 10-day contract with Charlotte last season but didn't see any playing time. Williams has played in 104 career NBA games for Portland, Philadelphia, Utah and New Orleans since being selected 22nd overall pick in 2010 draft. He has averaged 5.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game during his career. After his brief stint with the Hornets last season Williams played for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA D-League, where he was an All-Star and helped his team win a championship. Named second team All-D-League, Williams averaged 21.3 points and 7.

  • Dragic not expected to play for Slovenia this summer


    MIAMI (AP) — Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat is not expected to play for Slovenia in the EuroBasket tournament in September. Heat President Pat Riley met with Dragic about his invitation to join the team, and it was collectively decided that it would be in the point guard's best interests to spend the rest of the summer preparing for his first full year in Miami. Dragic said in April that he was leaning against playing anyway. He cited several reasons, including free agency — he wound up signing a five-year deal worth just over $85 million — and that his wife is due to deliver a baby in August. The Heat acquired him from Phoenix in February. He averaged 16.6 points and 5.3 assists in 26 games with Miami.

  • Cavs trade Haywood, Miller to Blazers


    CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded forward Mike Miller and center Brendan Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers to create salary-cap room and save luxury-tax money. The Cavs have been shopping Haywood's expiring $10.5 million contract for weeks and worked out a deal with the Blazers, who will also get two second-round picks from Cleveland. Both teams confirmed the trade on Monday. The Blazers are expected to cut Haywood, who barely played for Cleveland last season. Miller was signed last summer, bringing playoff experience and 3-point shooting to the Cavs, but he was hardly used in the playoffs. Haywood, a 13-year NBA veteran, has averaged 6.8 points and six rebounds during stints with Washington, Da

  • Mavericks sign pair of free agent forwards


    DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent forwards Jamil Wilson and Brandon Ashley. They announced the deals on Monday. The 6-foot-7 Wilson averaged 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds in 41 games last season with Bakersfield of the NBA D-League. Ashley, undrafted out of Arizona after his junior season earlier this year, averaged 10.4 points and 5.3 rebounds in seven games for the Atlanta Hawks' summer league team in Las Vegas this month. The 6-9 Ashley averaged 12.2 points and 5.2 rebounds for Arizona last year.

  • Pacers complete deals with 3 veterans, complete rookie class


    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have re-signed forwards Lavoy Allen and Shayne Whittington. The team on Monday also signed swingman Glenn Robinson III to a three-year deal and completed an undisclosed deal with second-round pick Rakeem Christmas. Allen agreed to a multiyear deal worth $3 million annually this month. He has averaged 5.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in a five-year career. Whittington played in 20 games last season after making the roster as an undrafted free agent. He was expected to re-sign after competing on Indiana's summer league team. Robinson played in high school in Indiana and starred at the University of Michigan before leaving school early. His father, Glenn, was the No. 1 overall pick

  • Warriors trade David Lee to Boston for Wallace, Babb


    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have completed the trade sending two-time All-Star forward David Lee to the Boston Celtics for Gerald Wallace and Chris Babb, the teams said Monday. They agreed to the trade July 7, but Boston needed time to sort out other moves in free agency before acquiring Lee. "We are excited to welcome David as a member of the Celtics family," Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said in a statement. "His proven skill set and experience on a championship team will add valuable depth to our frontcourt and a veteran presence to our locker room." Lee was an All-Star in 2010 with New York and 2013 with Golden State.

  • Cavaliers sign guard Matthew Dellavedova to 1-year contract


    CLEVELAND (AP) — Matthew Dellavedova has hustled his way back to the Cavaliers. Dellavedova, who emerged as an unlikely postseason hero when All-Star guard Kyrie Irving was injured, signed a $1.2 million contract for next season on Monday. He had been a restricted free agent, and although the Cavs signed Mo Williams this summer to be Irving's primary backup, the team wanted to keep Dellavedova because of the energy he brings off the bench. Dellavedova accepted the Cavs' qualifying offer and he can be an unrestricted free agent next summer when the league's salary cap will expand. He made $816,000 last season. The Australian has endeared himself to Cleveland fans, and his teammates adore "Delly" for his non-stop

  • Heat trade Napier and Zoran Dragic, waive Walker


    MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat trimmed roster and payroll Monday, trading Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic and Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics and then waiving forward Henry Walker. Napier was a first-round selection after leading Connecticut to the 2014 NCAA title and played in 51 games for Miami, averaging 5.1 points and 2.5 assists. Dragic, the brother of Heat guard Goran Dragic, appeared in 16 games. Walker made 24 appearances for the Heat last season. The moves cut about $4.1 million off next season's payroll, which also takes a sizable bit off Miami's projected tax bill for next season. Zoran Dragic earns $1.7 million this season, Napier will make about $1.3 million and Walker was due $1.1 million — $100,000 of w

  • Davis endorses Gentry plan for roster stability, new style


    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis sounds rather pleased that the New Orleans Pelicans have done very little tweaking to their roster since their first-round exit from last season's playoffs. It was that promise of roster stability, combined with the introduction of a new, fun-loving coach with an up-tempo scheme, which made him eager to commit long-term to New Orleans. "I just felt comfortable here. I like the team. I like the direction that we're heading in. I like the guys who are playing by my side," Davis said Monday. "I have a lot of trust in our organization and what they're doing.

  • Former NBA player banned from county fair after winning all the prizes


    Gilbert Arenas took his family to the Orange County Fair, and it turns out he is not bad at carnival games, SBNation.com reports. Per his Instagram, the three-time All-Star was banned from all basketball hoops, but not before racking up several giant pandas, a sack of plush toys and a Minion that is larger than his son.

  • Report: Blake Griffin to participate in Team USA minicamp, hopes to play in 2016 Olympics

    Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin will be a participant in USA Basketball's minicamp next month and the former University of Oklahoma star hopes to play in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to a report from ESPN.com. A five-time All-Star with the Clippers, Griffin was a first-team All-American at OU in 2009 and was twice named The Oklahoman's high school player of the year while at Oklahoma Christian School.