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

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 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: 6 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.

  • Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant denies L.A. rumors; Stephen A. Smith responds

    By Erik Horne and Anthony SlaterStaff Writers | Published: Fri, Oct 2, 2015

    Earlier this week, Stephen A. Smith went on ESPN's First Take and said he's been hearing rumblings that Kevin Durant could head to the Lakers in free agency. “Regardless of how senseless it may (sound)," Smith said. "In one breath I'm hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn't stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.” After Friday's practice, Durant, speaking for the first time since those rumors have bubbled across the Internet, strongly denied them. Here's the interaction: There was the first of these unnamed sourced free agency reports that we're expecting to come out throughout the season.

  • OKC Thunder: A look ahead to 2017

    Jon Hamm | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    Kevin Durant's pending free agency in 2016 is no secret. But teams are looking ahead to 2017, and fans should, too.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, MOKAN Elite announce partnership

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Oct 1, 2015

    The Kevin Durant brand continues to grow. The Thunder All-Star announced a partnership with MOKAN Elite, Kansas City’s Nike Grassroots Youth Basketball Program. Durant plans to team up with MOKAN Elite to “create a unique platform for the top grassroots players across the Midwest.” “Excited to announce the start of my partnership with @MOKANelite! Big things ahead,” Durant said Thursday via social media.

  • Why did NBA 2K16 rate Kevin Durant the NBA's fifth best player?

    Published: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Segments of the gaming community were outraged when it was revealed last month that Kevin Durant would have a 91 rating in the new NBA 2K16. It's the game's fifth highest rating for a player widely considered the NBA's second best player. Ahead of Durant is LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and James Harden. Mike Stauffer, the man charged with coming up with 2K16 player ratings, explained his reasoning for rating Durant fifth in a Q&A with grantland.com. "Some of the ratings that we looked at for when you're coming off injuries and...I know he's not listed at 7 feet, but when any 7-footer is having foot injuries, you're concerned with them coming back and being in the same form," Stauffer said. "I personally love Kevin Durant. I think his rating will be one that shoots up pretty high this season. Any rating is a projection. These rating a very fluid. If you're a 91, that doesn't mean you're gonna be a 91 all year."

  • Kevin Durant to dedicate new basketball court at local elementary school

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Thunder star Kevin Durant will unveil a new basketball court at North Highland Elementary on Monday, Oct. 5. The outdoor court will be the first North American court launch under the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation's "Build it and they will Ball" courts renovation initiative. The initiative's aim is to launch new and renovated basketball courts to inspire and motivate young athletes across the world. The mission of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation is to enrich lives of youth from low-income backgrounds through various educational and athletic programs. "I'm so thankful for the role that basketball had in my life as I was growing up," Durant said in a written statement.

  • Thunder rookies sing 'Happy Birthday' to Kevin Durant

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Reporters asked Kevin Durant 15 questions on Tuesday after the Thunder's first preseason practice. Not one was about his birthday. Durant turned 27 Tuesday, but every question he was asked was about his health, the new system, his conditioning, the coaching staff, and other Thunder on-the-court topics. Eventually, the topic of Durant's birthday was brought up to coach Billy Donovan and veteran forward Nick Collison. Donovan didn't get a chance to do anything special specifically for Durant, but he did get to hear the Thunder players sing to their teammate. "We've got a couple guys with some good voices," Donovan said. "I was kinda outside the huddle. It sounded funny, though.

  • Kevin Durant wants to be 'totally focused' playing defense

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    When Kevin Durant comes back to the Thunder lineup, the offense will undoubtedly see an improvement. What often gets overlooked is how Durant will impact the defensive end for the Thunder. “I think that’s an underrated part of my game,” Durant said Tuesday. “I feel like I can guard 1 through 4. I can switch with bigs and point guards, and I can use my length a lot.” Durant’s 6-foot-10 frame and athleticism will be welcomed with open arms by a Thunder defense that saw its shotblocking and steals numbers drop off last season. From 2013-14 to 2014-15 Thunder’s total blocks decreased from 501 to 454, and total steals from 678 to 598.

  • Happy birthday wishes pour in for Kevin Durant

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Today is Kevin Durant's 27th birthday, and the internet world went out of its way to wish the Thunder star a happy birthday. While a who's who of celebrities, companies and corporations weighed in, Durant's teammates sang him happy birthday following the first day of training camp Tuesday. Apparently, a few Thunder players can sing, too. Here's a sampling of those who  wished Durant a happy birthday today via Twitter. Check out the cool photos and graphics of Durant that accompany many of the birthday wishes. Happy birthday today to Kevin Durant! pic.twitter.

  • Kevin Durant says it'll 'take some time' to get comfortable, hasn't lost 'feel'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Kevin Durant celebrated his 27th birthday on Tuesday with the opening of Thunder preseason camp, and after one practice, the feel is there, even if his body isn’t completely. “I feel great, actually,” Durant said, wiping sweat from his face. “It’s really different being out there in a practice setting. I haven’t been there in a while. It’s definitely going to take me some time to really get comfortable out there again.” Durant’s conditioning will be in focus early this season as he continues his return from a broken right foot. Durant hasn’t played in an NBA game since Feb. 18, and has spent a majority of the summer resting and rehabbing.

  • OKC Thunder: Teammates say Kevin Durant's optimism and determination are on display

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    After missing 55 games last season due to a broken foot, the 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player is a no-brainer to be a boost to the Thunder’s record and statistical output the minute he steps back onto the court.

  • Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant on free agency fan reaction: 'I'm not looking for people to lobby me'

    By Erik Horne, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    All season, through chants and signs and social media posts and random public run-ins, Durant is sure to face pleas from every angle of the country.

  • OKC Thunder: 'Core four' prepares for massive season with changes all around them

    By Anthony Slater, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Back in late May 2014, the Thunder fell two games shy of the NBA Finals, losing to the Spurs in Game 6 of the conference finals. Just 16 months later, the roster has seen a complete reconstruction. Only six of the 15 players remain — the core four, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson.

  • Kevin Durant watched the NBA playoffs, even though he said wouldn't

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Kevin Durant said he wasn't going to watch the NBA playoffs after the Thunder was eliminated from postseason contention. Well, he lied. He admitted so Monday at media day. "I did even though I lied and said I wouldn't," Durant said. "It sucked. I hated seeing someone else win, but (there were) great basketball games being played. I've gotta respect it, but I hate seeing those guys win." "But it was good to sit on my couch with my friends and watch some basketball. When it was over it really kinda sucked. We got to see some good ball out there, but it's a new year. Around this time, everyone's excited, so I'm looking forward to this season.

  • Kevin Durant when asked about Texas football: 'That's a low blow, man'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Kevin Durant is riding with his team, even after a heartbreaking Big 12 loss. Durant was asked Monday if he had any words of encouragement for Texas coach Charlie Strong and the Longhorns after their 30-27 loss to OSU on Saturday. The reply from Durant - who played one season for Texas - was delayed,  before it a long pause, icy stare and silence. "That's a low blow, man," Durant said, with the media room crowd breaking into laughter. The Texas loss capped an 0-2 week for Durant's favorite football teams with him in attendance.

  • Kevin Durant reflects on ‘eye-opening’ Westbrook wedding

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    The Thunder has been one of the youngest teams in the NBA from the day the ball was tipped in Oklahoma City, but the team’s stars are maturing, and not just on the court. Kevin Durant and Thunder players past and present had the opportunity to attend Westbrook’s marriage this summer to Nina Earl in Beverly Hills. When Durant was asked Monday about the experience of witnessing Westbrook's wedding, he called it "eye-opening." “It showed me that we are getting older, and things are changing." Durant said. "More importantly, I was just so happy for Russell and his beautiful bride, Nina. “We’ve all seen him grow up together and I think it’ll really be a shock once they

  • Wizards point guard John Wall planning to recruit Thunder star Kevin Durant to Washington

    Published: Sun, Sep 27, 2015

    Washington point guard John Wall continues to openly admit that he will recruit Thunder star Kevin Durant to play for the Wizards. In a sit-down interview with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Wall said he will "throw a pitch" at Durant when the time is right. "It's going to be an opportunity where you have an opportunity to try to throw a pitch at him and try to get him to come back home," Wall said. "But I know - one thing of just knowing him, he's going to be very focused on taking care of the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. I'm going to be focused on taking care of the Washington Wizards. But when the time is right and you can get away from all that, yeah, you probably do have some conversations and throw your pitch. But I know what he's focused on and I know what I'm focused on." This isn't the first time Wall has stated his intentions to lure Durant into signing with his hometown team. In February 2014, Wall told The Washington Post he had already begun planting seeds in Durant's ear . "I throw a little slick shots here and there," Wall was quoted as saying. "Try something." Durant will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 but has repeatedly expressed his satisfaction with the Thunder, even saying he loves playing in Oklahoma City. But that hasn't stopped teams from positioning themselves for Durant's services. The Wizards essentially rolled out the red carpet for Durant during the Thunder's lone visit to Washington last season, hoping the allure of his hometown and teaming with Wall and Bradley Beal will be enough to entice him to leave the Thunder. Durant, however, said this past spring that he hasn't entertained thoughts of playing anywhere other than Oklahoma City. "I love it here, man. I love my teammates. I love the city. I don't really think about anywhere else," Durant told Revolt TV. "I hear it all the time, don't get me wrong, and once you hear it you're kind of like (looks up thinking). But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I'm one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career. "Kobe (Bryant), Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki type. That's awesome. But you never know what the future holds sometimes and how teams may feel about you after a while. But I love it here, and I would love to get my jersey retired here." The Thunder kicks off the 2015-16 season Monday with media day at 11:30 a.m. inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Training camp opens Tuesday.

  • New assistant Royal Ivey brings another Kevin Durant connection to staff

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Sep 26, 2015

    Royal Ivey signed a free agent deal with the Thunder in July 2010. Over the next two seasons, the seldom-used guard averaged only 8.6 minutes in a combined 59 games. But his contributions went far deeper. Molded in the same ilk as Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Ollie, he was one of the veteran leaders tutoring the young talent during the franchise's infancy. It's an impact that's still benefiting Ivey and the Thunder organization. With training camp set to begin Tuesday, the Thunder has hired Ivey onto its coaching staff as a player development assistant. He fills the void left by shooting coach Adam Harrington, who recently left the team to pursue other opportunities. Ivey's coaching career began last offseason.

  • PHOTO: Thunder goes orange on social media, hinting at alternate jerseys

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    On Thursday, Kyle Singler posted a really close-up photo of what he said was a new Oklahoma City Thunder jersey. That jersey was definitely orange. The team pretty much confirmed Singler's post on Friday, with an orange barrage on its social media accounts. There were posts of orange "O-K-C" close-ups and the team changed its Twitter avi and Facebook background photo to that bright orange look. #GetUpGetLoud pic.twitter.com/SVvvLLIYSZ — OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) September 25, 2015 The reviews on the Thunder Facebook page have been mostly good, with some apprehension and dislike mixed in.