• Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow trying to snap out of prolonged shooting slump

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The sharpshooter has done plenty to dispel the reputation of him as a singularly skilled player — but he’s been struggling with his shot. It’s something Morrow says he’s gone through before. “Every season,” he said. “Shots aren’t going to fall consistently.”

  • Ratings watch: ABC's Thunder-Cavaliers telecast gets 14.7 on KOCO-5, a season-high for Thunder

    COMPILED BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Thunder-Wizards game gets combined 12.7 rating, Thunder’s second-best rating

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder-Knicks expected to go on as scheduled

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Despite postponement of the Knicks home game against the Kings on Monday night, New York’s home schedule is expected to resume on Wednesday night against the Thunder.

  • Kevin Durant, JJ Watt sign with American Family Insurance

    By Cliff Brunt, The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with American Family Insurance, the company said Tuesday. Durant, the NBA's most valuable player last season, is the first NBA player American Family has signed. American Family is one of the nation's largest insurers. The most recent deals Durant had signed through Roc Nation Sports before this one were with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Sonic, Neff Headwear and the Oklahoma Department of Health.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Westbrook has raised his game without Durant

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The Thunder beat the Timberwolves 92-84 Monday night in a game that was not the worst in OKC basketball history but is on the list. Scotty Brooks walked into his post-game press conference and said, “I’m surprised you guys stayed.” It was hard to watch. Of course, that’s what happens when Kevin Durant sits out […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant misses Timberwolves game with toe injury

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    With just over 90 seconds remaining in the Thunder’s 10-point loss in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, Kevin Durant slithered through the lane and scooped in the final two of his team-high 32 points. But the shot came at a price. On the drive, Durant came up limping on his left foot and initially pointed at the […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    No Kevin Durant (toe) for the Thunder tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Who's stepping up? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Kobe Bryant to have season-ending surgery

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, as announced by the Lakers on Monday. Per Lakers.com, Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed and earlier diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff for Bryant, and recommended surgery for the 19-year veteran. Surgery has been scheduled for Wednesday morning, with a recovery timetable to be announced following the procedure. The Lakers are 12-33, fifth in the Pacific Division and second-worst in the Western Conference. Bryant will miss the remaining 37 games of the season, including the Lakers' games against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 1 and 24.

  • OKC Thunder: NBA TV replaces Blazers-Nets with Wolves-Thunder

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    NBA TV will feature the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at 7 p.m., replacing the originally scheduled Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets game. Along with Monday's New York Knicks vs. Sacramento Kings game, Portland vs. Brooklyn has been rescheduled due to  an impending snowstorm set to hit New York City and surrounding areas.

  • OKC Thunder: Knicks, Nets postpone games due to impending snowstorm

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    With one of the largest snow storms in recent history bearing down on the New York City area, the NBA has postponed the New York Knicks' and Brooklyn Nets' home games scheduled for Monday night, respectively. What's that mean for the Oklahoma City Thunder? The Thunder is scheduled to play the Knicks in New York on Wednesday, but forecast projections for New York City and surrounding areas are calling for up to 20 to 30 inches of snow over the next two days. The Thunder would have to fly in Tuesday for the game. No decision has been made about Thunder-Knicks so far, but New York City schools are closed on Tuesday. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency on Monday. Oklahoma City plays Minnesota at home Monday night at 7 p.m.

  • Kobe Bryant wanted to sign with Michael Jordan's Washington Wizards

    Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Kobe Bryant may not be stepping foot on a basketball court again this season for the Los Angeles Lakers, but his injury isn't keeping him out of the news. Michael Lee of The Washington Post writes about how Bryant, who has won five championships and cemented a Hall of Fame career with the Lakers, had serious thoughts about signing for Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards more than a decade ago. At the height of the Shaquille O'Neal-Bryant feud, Bryant reportedly "informed him [Jordan] several times he wanted to play for the Wizards -- under the assumption that Jordan would return to the front office once his playing days were over." That never materialized. Jordan was removed as Wizards president of basketball operations in 2003, one year before Bryant was set to become a free agent in 2004. Imagine: Kobe Bryant in a Wizards jersey. It would have potentially been a landscape changing move for the entire league.

  • Thunder Chat Recap: Anthony Slater on 2nd quarter struggles, Brook Lopez, and OKC's chemistry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Is the Thunder experiencing chemistry issues? Anthony Slater filled in for Darnell Mayberry today on the Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 108-98 loss in Cleveland

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 108-98 loss in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon: 1. Dud – Just three days ago, the Thunder’s rocky season seemed to be at its most optimistic point. A four-game win streak was punctuated by an impressive overtime victory in Washington, putting OKC a season-high two games over .500. The Thunder had […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams misses game because of migraine

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Kendrick Perkins took Steven Adams’ place in the starting lineup and finished with four points, four rebounds and a steal before fouling out in 27 minutes. Adams remained in the locker room for the duration of the game.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Cavaliers beat OKC for sixth straight victory

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Cavaliers

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Sunday special. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • NBA: Clarifying the Luxury Tax System

    Jon Hamm | Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Fans and media call for NBA contenders to "just pay the tax!" It's more than just a financial decision. It's a strategic one.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Thunder, Cavaliers could play their best basketball late in the season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    When the Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers take the court inside Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday afternoon, they will represent two of the league’s handful of championship-caliber teams that have struggled for various reasons but are now looking to get right the rest of the way and regain their rightful place among the NBA’s true contenders.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hawks

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    It's a clash between two of the hottest teams in the league. Can the Thunder snap the Atlanta Hawks' 14-game winning streak? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Report: Kobe Bryant expected to miss rest of season with torn rotator cuff

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne on Friday. The Lakers will visit Oklahoma City on March 24, presumably without their star attraction. Bryant signed a two-year, $48.5 million deal with the Lakers in 2013. He's set to make $25 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent in 2016.