• Blake Griffin with some candid Donald Sterling comments in GQ article

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    In the days and months after the Donald Sterling tapes leaked, many of the quotes leaving Clipper-land were understandably measured. Players were focused on playoff basketball, advised to keep their comments short, vague and uncontroversial. But with the saga essentially over and a new owner in place, there is likely more freedom to talk about the […]

  • Kevin Durant shows up at Westmoore-Norman North football game, shows off throwing arm

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    With NBA training camp less than two weeks away, Kevin Durant has made his way back to Oklahoma City. But basketball season can wait a bit. Durant is still in football mode, having attended the Redskins home opener last Sunday and, on Friday night, showing up at the Norman North-Westmoore high school football game. Here […]

  • Kevin Durant receives game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    It's been a good week for professional franchises in the DC area. Which means, from a fan's perspective, it's been a solid week for Kevin Durant. On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East title, leading Durant to send out a celebratory Instagram post the next day, showing off his  custom made Nationals jersey. And just a few days before, the Washington Redskins won their home opener 41-10 over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Durant was at the game and, apparently, received the game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Here he is showing it off in a recent Instagram post:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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 .

  • Report: NBA nearing massive long-term media deals with ESPN, Turner

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    The NBA and its network partners expect to reach an agreement in principle on new long-term media deals by the start of the regular season, according to sources on all sides of the discussions. Talks have progressed so rapidly that details are emerging on a massive agreement that would see the league’s annual rights fee more than double, with ESPN and Turner combining to pay more than $2 billion per year on average. One source said ESPN already has committed to pay “well over” $1 billion per year, and Turner is not far behind for a media rights extension that would kick in with the 2016-17 season.

  • 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.