• Thunder No. 7 in ESPN's 'Ultimate Team Rankings'

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    The latest edition of ESPN's "Ultimate Team Rankings" is out, and the Oklahoma City Thunder is high atop the list. The Thunder are No. 7 overall out of 122 teams, according to the annual ranking. The Thunder are the No. 3 NBA team on the list behind Western Conference foes San Antonio and Memphis. The Spurs are the No. 1 team in "Ultimate Team Rankings," which rates MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams in categories such as affordability, coaching, fan relations, ownership, players, stadium experience, bang for the buck and title track. The Thunder's highest rank came in the "players" category (10th), while the Spurs ranked first in fan relations, ownership, players and coaching.

  • PHOTO: Kevin Durant is ready for the Washington Nationals' playoff run

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Kevin Durant is from the Maryland/D.C. area. This is known. Which leaves him at a crossroads potentially: Root for the Baltimore Orioles or the Washington Nationals? Durant made his allegances clear when he posted an Instagram picture Thursday afternoon of himself wearing a Nationals jersey with his nickname "Easy Money" stitched on the back. "Yea man! Natitude," Durant posted. Both the Nationals (National League East) and the Orioles (American League East) have wrapped up their division titles and clinched playoff berths.

  • Kevin Durant respects David Ash walking away from football

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    From one Longhorn to another, Kevin Durant supports Texas quarterback David Ash. Ash announced Wednesday that he will  give up football after struggling with concussion symptoms throughout his career in Austin. Durant, who played his only season of college basketball at Texas, sent out a heartfelt message via Twitter supporting Ash's decision.

  • Kevin Durant opens up to Esquire about his friendship with Karl Malone and more

    Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    Esquire Magazine recently interviewed Kevin Durant on various topics including his influences growing up, his career and talking to the younger players. Turns out, Durant doesn't only look to his mother in tough times ("She's always on my side being positive and letting me know that it's going to be alright.") He also has a friend in The Mailman - Karl Malone. "I've gotten close with Karl Malone, who's called me numerous times when he can see on TV that I'm struggling, feeling bad after a loss," Durant said. "He can tell." Some other highlights from the interview: There were plenty of times when I wanted to quit because I was working too hard, but he knew I could handle it, and he was confident for me when I couldn't be confident for myself. We tend to take our careers too seriously and let it take over us. But great teachers have a great balance of working extremely hard to be the best, but also realizing what's the most important thing in life.

  • OKC Thunder: Michael Cage named new TV analyst for Thunder broadcasts

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder has hired Michael Cage as its new television analyst, the team announced Wednesday. Cage played 15 seasons in the NBA, appearing in 1,140 regular season games with the Los Angeles Clippers, Seattle, Cleveland, Philadelphia and New Jersey from 1984 until 2000. As a 6-foot-9 power forward/center, Cage averaged 7.3 points and 7.6 rebounds for his career. Cage’s best two seasons came with the Clippers when he averaged 15.7 points and 11.5 rebounds in 1986-87 and 14.5 points and a league-leading 13 rebounds the following season. He captured the 1987-88 rebounding title by grabbing 30 rebounds on the final night of the regular season to edge out Charles Oakley.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who had the best/worst offseason in the NBA?

    Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    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 you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 09/16 (<--Click here) - The NBA offseason is nearing its end. Who won the past few months? Who lost? What were the Detroit Pistons doing? Did the Thunder get better? We discuss that and more, plus rank our top-10 teams heading into the preseason.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant pays homage to Allen Iverson on Instagram

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Kevin Durant posted a photo of himself and future NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson on his Instagram Monday . The message? Iverson -- reffered to as "Chuck" in Durant's post (FYI, " Bubba Chuck " is one of Iverson's nicknames) -- changed the game. "Chuck too real. He changed the way we play ball," Durant said. "He changed the culture of ball. He is pound for pound the best. He paved the way. I can go on and on. But he's a legend and I'm just walking the path he created." In a November interview with BallisLife.com , Iverson said that in 20-30 years, everyone will be talking about Durant as one of the all-time greats."

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin recites 'Slam Dunk Poetry' in new commercials

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Blake Griffin has made a nice side career out of humorous commercials, from Kia to GameFly. Now, the former OU star is doing poetry on stage in commercials for Vizio, dropping spoken word verses on tearaway pants, mouthguards and bobbleheads.      

  • NBA offseason: Grading the Eastern Conference Player movement

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    With the dust essentially settled, we take a brief team-by-team look at the offseason. Who came out well? Who overspent? How would you grade them?

  • NBA offseason: Grading the Western Conference Player movement

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    With the dust essentially settled, we take a brief team-by-team look at the offseason. Who came out well? Who overspent? How would you grade them?

  • James Harden came *this* close to falling off a bridge in Spain

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Former Thunder sixth man extraordinaire James Harden’s currently in Spain with Team USA as they steamroll international opposition at the FIBA World Cup. But it looks like he very narrowly avoided a potentially serious accident on a Segway scooter. The video below was uploaded to YouTube Tuesday and shows The Beard briefly lose control of […]

  • OKC Thunder: D-League team to be named Oklahoma City Blue?

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 10, 2014

    NBA D-LEAGUE IN OKC — The NBA Development League has filed a trademark application for a possible name for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s D-League affiliate, which will relocate to Oklahoma City this season. The league filed a claim for “Oklahoma City Blue”.

  • Serge Ibaka talks about being an inspiration, playing Kevin Durant and reshaping Africa

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Serge Ibaka wants to show African children they, too, can accomplish their dreams. Yahoo Sports! caught up with Ibaka in Spain during the FIBA World Cup to talk about the work he's done to bring basketball to his native Congo, and the pride it brings the Thunder forward. Ibaka,who's playing for Team Spain in the FIBA World Cup, goes on to talk about his calf injury in the postseason, as well as his happiness that Kevin Durant isn't playing for Team USA ("No, no, no. No ... nobody wants to play against Kevin," Ibaka said. "Who wants to play against him? Hell no. Every time he takes a shot, people start crying.") Ibaka also says that "it's too early to talk about Kevin staying or going."

  • OKC Thunder: D-League team releases 2014-15 schedule

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Developmental League affiliate announced its season schedule on Tuesday, and the team will tip off its first season in Oklahoma City against the Maine Red Claws at home on Nov. 14. New for the 2014-15 season, the 18-team D-League will feature two conferences (East, West) broken into division. The Thunder […]

  • Serge Ibaka giving away signed basketball from the FIBA World Cup

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    In case you've been caught up in football fever, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has been tearing it up for Team Spain in the FIBA World Cup. Ibaka teammed up with Sportlobster to give away three FIBA World Cup basketballs signed by him personally. All you have to do is post #Spain2014 in the Basketball Fanzone on www.sportslobster.com for a chance to win.

  • Thunder ranks 27th in Grantland NBA court design rankings

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Grantland.com NBA writer Zach Lowe took on the task of ranking the NBA's court designs 1-30. The Thunder did not fare well, ranking 27th out of 30 teams. Lowe also says OKC's alternate dark jerseys "fell flat" (not that that has anything to do with court design). From Lowe's piece: "The Thunder would have ranked last had we done this exercise four years ago. Oklahoma City tried to touch every base in building its color scheme, meshing elements of the state flag, the sun, and referents to the local college teams. It’s ended up with a color-logo combination that is evocative of nothing. The blue and orange just feel generic. "The Thunder did well to unclutter the court by using the same blue all the way around, and the white font spelling out the team’s name pops against that blue. It’s a big improvement from 2010-11, when the Thunder featured this tricolored mess of a painted area: "The Thunder’s alternate dark blue jerseys also fell flat. This franchise feels ripe for a total design overhaul. Should we mention how awesome the Sonics’ colors and court design were? We probably shouldn’t, right?" FYI, the Los Angeles Lakers ranked No. 1. See the rest of the list here .

  • Blake Griffin, Clippers teammates play flag football

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Guess Blake Griffin is feeling fine. More than a month after withdrawing from Team USA to rest up for the NBA season, the former OU All-American participated in a flag football tournament with his Los Angeles Clippers teammates Chris Paul, Matt Barnes, DeAndre Jordan and Glen "Big Baby" Davis. "Just throw it up," Griffin said in the Instagram photo showing the five players at the Athletes vs. Cancer 2nd Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game. The game was presented by Barnes and rap artist Snoop Dogg.

  • Kevin Durant rated 95 in NBA 2K15; three other players rated above 90

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Kevin Durant is the NBA's Most Valuable Player. It looks like he rates among the best in the NBA in the video game world as well. 2K Sports announced that Durant will be 1 of 4 current NBA players with an overall rating above 90, in their new rating system for NBA 2K15. Durant, who graces the cover of the game set to be released Oct. 7, will have an overall rating of 95 and will be joined in the 90s by three other players. One would presume LeBron James will be another player in the 90s, maybe even rated higher than Durant. Who are the other two players? My guess would be Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and  Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why supply and demand may keep Reggie Jackson in OKC

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Only four teams currently have a clear need, as well as the necessary salary cap space, to make a run at Reggie Jackson next summer should he become a restricted free agent. Those teams are Dallas, Miami, New York and the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Kevin Durant pens deal for stake in frozen yogurt chain

    By Brianna Bailey, Business Writer | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Thunder star Kevin Durant will endorse Oklahoma City-based chain Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt as part of a deal with the company.