• VIDEO: Justin Bieber shoots at Kevin Durant with a Nerf gun

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    What is Kevin Durant up to? Oh nothing, just hanging out with Justin Bieber in California. According to this YouTube video, Bieber was in California with Durant last week when he popped him with a Nerf gun. Seems like Durant is enjoying his offseason. Bieber could have at least hooked Durant up with a weapon of his own. Sort of an unfair fight, especially since Durant probably can't get around very well at the moment. At least Durant and Bieber got some shopping done , too.

  • Celebrate! The Eastern Conference Finals are over

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Eastern Conference Finals are over. Let us all give thanks. Not for what we had. Our long national nightmare is over. The short-handed Cavaliers mercifully swept the top-seeded but outmanned Hawks, finishing off Atlanta 118-88 Tuesday night in a game I can’t tell you a lot about. I turned it off after three quarters. […]

  • Best ever? Kendrick Perkins says LeBron James needs 'a couple more titles and that's it'

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Is LeBron James close to being the best ever, dethroning Michael Jordan? His teammates believe so. Northeast Ohio Media Group's Chris Haynes wrote that some of James' Cleveland Cavaliers teammates are among the believers that King James is nearing Jordan's long untouchable status. One of those who's sold on James as heir to Jordan is former Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins. "The only thing that he's missing is a couple more championships and then it's a wrap," Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Right now we have arguably the best player to ever play the game. I'm just saying man. I'm not taking anything away from Jordan, but all (James is) missing is titles. A couple of more titles and that's it." James already has two titles under his belt from his four seasons with the Miami Heat. Jordan retired with six championships in six trips to the NBA Finals with the Chicago Bulls. Oh, and there are those six NBA Most Valuable Player awards in Jordan's trophy case, too. It's a lot to live up to for James, but Perkins says the four-time MVP is capable. "Just think about it, truthfully, if he wanted to, he could win the MVP every year," Perkins said. "Think about that. He averaged 25 [points], 6 [rebounds] and 7 [assists]. That's absurd, and people are like 'he had a down year.' That's crazy talk. When it's all said and done, he'll probably be the best the game has seen."

  • Video purportedly of Kevin Durant raises questions

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Kevin Durant was politely answering some reporter's questions outside a Los Angeles club Friday night when he decided it was time to go. But when he opened the door of his car to leave, he could only stand helplessly and act aloof when a plastic canister fell out of the car onto the pavement.

  • Kevin Durant's high school to drop its basketball program

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Kevin Durant's high school has decided to drop its vaunted basketball program. Montrose Christian, a private K-12 school in Rockville, Md., is listed for sale and public records show signs of ongoing financial distress. Durant played at Montrose during his senior season in 2005-2006.

  • Thunder Chat Recap: The market for Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb, NBA Draft and the assistant coach search

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    POWER LUNCH CHAT -- Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry answered a variety of questions on the Thunder, the NBA playoffs and the draft on Monday's Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap:

  • The Thunder's (slim) chance at the NBA Draft Lottery and who it should pick

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    NBA DRAFT LOTTERY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder has a 1.8 percent chance of landing a Top 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Stranger things have happened. With the NBA Draft Lottery coming up Tuesday, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel discuss who the Thunder should target with a potential Top 3 pick or the No. 14 selection.

  • Report: Maurice Cheeks a possible Thunder assistant coach candidate

    staff reports | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A former Oklahoma City Thunder assistant could be in the mix to return to the Thunder bench under Billy Donovan. Yahoo Sports sources are reporting that former Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks has emerged as a possible candidate for Donovan's staff. Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams is one of several "ambitious" former ex-NBA coaches that Donovan is attempting to talk into taking his top two assistant positions, and it appears that Cheeks is in that group. Cheeks was an assistant under Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City from 2009-2013, and has had head coaching stints in Portland, Philadelphia and Detroit. It's been reported that Donovan's former Florida assistant Anthony Grant will join the Thunder staff as the No. 3 assistant. Other assistants on the radar are Chicago's Andy Greer, Portland's Nate Tibbetts, and the New York Knicks' Brian Keefe.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Join Thunder writer Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. to talk some Thunder offseason, the NBA playoffs, the NBA Draft Combine and more.

  • We're to believe NBA superstars aren't consulted when it comes to hiring and firing coaches? Yeah, right.

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Let me get this straight. The most precious commodity in American sport is an elite-talent basketball player. Championship hopes are determined not so much by culture or coach but by who’s on the roster. And yet we’re to believe that said superstars weren’t consulted, or at least informed, by something so germane to their careers as who will coach them?

  • Kevin Durant sells home for almost twice what he paid

    Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    It appears that Kevin Durant is good at more than basketball: He also has an eye for hot real estate properties, Yahoo Homes reports. Durant's Miami penthouse recently sold for $3.15 million, almost double what he paid for it just four years ago. 

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Join The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry to talk Thunder basketball, NBA playoffs, the draft and more on the Power Lunch chat live at 11 a.m. Get your questions in here.

  • WATCH: Billy Donovan's Florida farewell press conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Billy Donovan goes back to Gainesville to talk to the media after being hired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Watch the press conference here.

  • Chat Recap: Anthony Slater answers your Thunder questions

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat, taking a deeper dive into the Billy Donovan hire, the NBA Playoffs, and the MVP voting. Here's the recap:

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan has a track record of success dealing with personalities like Russell Westbrook

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Billy Donovan will be coaching a New Zealander, a Turkish player and a Congo native who knows five different languages. But above all, everyone is interested in how he’ll handle the delicate task of managing the emotionally charged Russell Westbrook, something his predecessor (Scott Brooks) did remarkably well.

  • David Thorpe says Billy Donovan is going to be a lot like Scott Brooks

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Lots of opinions about the Thunder hire of Billy Donovan. But my favorite NBA analyst is David Thorpe, a former coach who now works with players individually — he’s worked with Serge Ibaka — and is a regular contributor to truehoop blog. Thorpe talked about Donovan in an interview with Henry Abott, which you can […]

  • VIDEO: Billy Donovan's introductory Thunder press conference

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan was introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Watch the entire press conference here and review The Oklahoman's live coverage.

  • 10 famous Oklahomans' ages and genders guessed by How-Old.net

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Let’s see how accurate the Microsoft-created website is!

  • Chat Recap: Where does Billy Donovan rank among NBA coaches? Darnell Mayberry explains

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Before Billy Donovan was introduced Friday, Darnell Mayberry answered your Thunder and NBA related questions on the Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap.

  • VIDEO: Florida creates classy Billy Donovan tribute

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Billy Donovan is the new coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a move the University of Florida saw coming, as it released a video tribute on Thursday via gatorzone.com. The 1-minute, 50-second video is pure class, and pays homage to Donovan's impact throughout his 19 years in Gainesville. From gatorzone.com: "Eight years after he backed out of a deal with the Orlando Magic, it was going to be hard for Billy Donovan to leave the Gators again. This time, though, it was the right time; the right situation."