• OKC Thunder signs 'domestic draft-and-stash' pick Josh Huestis

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Josh Huestis’ journey to the NBA is finally over. The Thunder signed the 2014 first-round draft pick on Thursday, fulfilling its end of a unique commitment the two sides made to each other before last year’s draft. Huestis, the 29th overall pick out of Stanford, raised eyebrows throughout the league when agreed to delay his NBA arrival and spend all of last season competing with the Thunder-owned Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League. It was the first time that a first-round selection agreed to such an arrangement with a team. For Huestis, the deal allowed him to be selected higher than he was projected to be taken and secure a long-term commitment from a franchise.

  • Report: Thunder signs Josh Huestis to 4-year deal

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Josh Huestis will be a member of the Thunder this upcoming season. The second-year wing has reportedly signed a four-year rookie scale deal with the Thunder, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com . Huestis, the No. 29 overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, played his rookie year in the D-League with the Oklahoma City Blue after agreeing with the Thunder to forego signing his NBA rookie contract. This summer, Huestis told The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry  he had no regrets about making that decision. Huestis' first-year salary would have been $1 million had he signed. Instead, it was closer to $25,000. “I think it was a great decision,” Huestis said earlier this month. “I think it was the best decision that I could make in terms of my own career. I think having an opportunity to play in the D-League for a year has really taught me a lot and has prepared me to move forward in my career. And I think if I had to make the decision again I would make the exact same one.”

  • Thunder TV analyst Nancy Lieberman expected to become Kings assistant coach

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    The Kings are expected to hire Nancy Lieberman, the 1996 Hall of Fame inductee and assistant general manager of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, as an assistant coach, according to a report Thursday from the Sacramento Bee . According to The Bee, Lieberman said she will accept the offer.. Lieberman  joined Fox Sports Oklahoma in 2012 as an analyst on Thunder Live pregame and postgame shows. Kings vice president Vlade Divac said Thursday "definitely I'm going to offer her the job." Lieberman helped the Kings at the Summer League in Las Vegas. Lieberman's hire would make her the second full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, joining San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who was hired a year ago.

  • Thabo Sefolosha: Too early to say when I’ll be back

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is slowly on the mend after suffering a broken right fibula during an altercation with the police earlier this year. The Atlanta Hawks guard spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying "I am doing better every day. The leg and ankle are feeling good but it is too early to say exactly when I'll be back on the court." Sefolosha was injured while being arrested outside a New York nightclub in April. Sefolosha was charged with three misdemeanors in the incident but has denied the charges and has claimed his injuries were caused by the police . Without Sefolosha, the Hawks - the No. 1 seed in Eastern Conference - progressed to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing 4-0 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver says 'stay tuned' for regular-season game in Africa

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver says "stay tuned" for a regular-season game in Africa as the league prepares to play its first exhibition on the continent. Team World will take on Team Africa in an exhibition Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (who will not play in the game) as one of the main ambassadors. Silver didn't put a time frame on when the NBA will bring a regular-season game to Africa, but says his aim is to put the league on a "fast track" to grow in the continent.

  • Thunder coach Billy Donovan's backstory to be detailed in five-part series

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    OKC THUNDER -- The Thunder has a new coach in Billy Donovan, but there's much about the 50-year-old fans don't know yet. Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater preview The Oklahoman's five-part series on Donovan, which starts Sunday.

  • Matt Barnes on Serge Ibaka: 'He’s just dirty'

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last week, Matt Barnes went on ESPN's SportsNation and said he wanted to fight  Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. He was at it again on Tuesday on Memphis radio, per Clippers beat writer Dan Woike . "He's just dirty," Barnes said about Ibaka. "...He hit Blake (Griffin) in the nuts twice." Ibaka and Griffin have had a series of mini-skirmishes on the court that have turned the Los Angeles Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup into a full-blown power forward rivalry . Barnes was traded from the Clippers to the Eastern Conference's Charlotte Hornets, but he's now with the Memphis Grizzlies, so he'll still get to see his buddy Serge on a regular basis.

  • 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: 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: 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: 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 to face Turkish team Fenerbache Ulker in preseason home game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    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

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

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    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.

  • An L.A. story that shows the Thunder's culture survived the storm

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    COMMENTARY -- What's going on this week in Los Angeles is evidence the Oklahoma City Thunder culture hasn't been crippled by the passage of time or the anguish of a season from hell.

  • Is the Thunder getting orange jerseys?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    A few days ago, the Indiana Pacers announced a new alternative jersey that set the Twitter world aflame. The threads, to be worn in select games next season, have ‘Hickory’ on the front — an ode to the legendary sports movie Hoosiers. On Wednesday night, new alternative jerseys for every NBA team leaked onto the […]

  • LeBron's big new deal with Warner Bros. could open door to 'Space Jam' reboot

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Fresh off a successful feature-film debut in the hit Amy Schumer comedy "Trainwreck," LeBron James has made a major move toward future big-screen appearances, Yahoo Sports reports. Warner Bros. Entertainment announced Wednesday that it's reached a deal with SpringHill Entertainment — the production company co-founded by the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and his longtime business partner, Maverick Carter — "spanning all areas of content creation" and that "will see James' creative footprint touch all areas of" Warner Bros.' endeavors, including television, film and digital content.

  • Retaining divisional scheduling will help the Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league likely will do away with any automatic playoff qualification or seeding for division winners. As I’ve written, that’s fine, so long as you get rid of divisions. But it’s goofy to have divisions and no reward for division winners. Reminds me of a great scene from “The Wonder Years.” Kevin Arnold is paired in science class with some dorky girl, who sort of takes a shine to him and Kevin actually realizes she’s not so bad. But admitting that publicly would be the end days for young Kev socially. So he tells Margaret Fahrquar sure, they can be friends. They just can’t really talk on the phone. Or talk at school. Or act like they know each other. But

  • Lakers free agent signings were asked about Kobe Bryant and it got quiet and awkward

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The Los Angeles Lakers introduced three new free agent signings - Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass - on Wednesday, and things got a little weird when Kobe Bryant was brought up. Reporter: "Have any of you guys heard from Kobe, and if so, what did he say?" Players: Awkward. A video posted by Dave McMenamin (@davemcten) on Jul 22, 2015 at 11:29am PDT // That is some loud

  • Is Ty Lawson trade good for the Rockets?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The Ty Lawson trade appears to make the tough Western Conference even tougher. The Rockets picked up a point guard who is just shy of all-star status. Sort of a Western Kyle Lowry. And all it cost Houston was sending the Nuggets some loose-change contracts. That’s just life in the West, where the good teams seem to get better by the off-season. And Lawson will indeed be a great addition to the Rockets — if he’s used correctly. Which means, coming off the bench. Playing Lawson 36 minutes a game would be just fine for the other elite teams in the West. Playing Lawson as a starter or starter minutes means Patrick Beverley goes to the bench. Beverley gives Houston a defensive presence that it