• Daniel Orton opens up about Manny Pacquiao, life after the Thunder

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Since being waived by the Thunder in October 2013, Daniel Orton has been signed and waived by Washington, signed and waived by Philadelphia, signed and released by two teams in the Chinese Basketball Association and signed, fined and released by a professional team in the Philippines. While playing for one of his teams in China, […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What's at the root of the Thunder's defensive problems?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    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 the Thunder. 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 […]

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks ranked No. 20 among NBA coaches by ESPN

    Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Scott Brooks has put together a pretty good resume since taking over as Thunder head coach in 2008, but the Thunder coach is ranked 20th out of 30 NBA coaches in ESPN's latest front-office rankings. ESPN's Forecast panel rated every team's coach on "his guidance and leadership in terms of how it affects overall on-court success, both in the short and long term." Predictably, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is No. 1 on the list, followed by Atlanta Hawks coach (and former Spurs assistant) Mike Budenholzer, Golden State's Steve Kerr, Dallas' Rick Carlisle and Chicago's Tom Thibodeau in the top five. Numerous other coaches who haven't had the success or tenure of Brooks (Kerr and Budenholzer included) are ranked ahead of him. Here's the complete list . Last on the list? Former Thunder guard and first-year New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Join Berry Tramel live from Syracuse and the NCAA East Regional for some Sooners, Thunder and Cowboys talk live on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Tramel: Thunder has struggled against good teams

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 19 hr ago

    The Thunder lost to the Spurs 130-91 Wednesday night. The score is surprising and more than a little embarrassing. The result is not the least bit surprising. The Thunder is 41-31 this season. Of those 72 games, 37 have come against good teams. The NBA is easily separated between good teams and not-good teams. There […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Spurs manhandle Thunder, 130-91

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    San Antonio’s lead swelled to as many as 44 points — which surpassed OKC’s previous largest deficit this season by nine points — and the 39-point final margin was the second worst in the OKC era for the largest margin of defeat.

  • Patrick Beverley could have season-ending wrist surgery

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley has torn ligaments in his wrist and is deciding whether he can play again this season. The Rockets get center Dwight Howard back from injury tonight, but lose Beverley, who will reportedly have further discussions on his treatment and the next steps in seven to 10 days. Beverley left in the third quarter of the Rockets' game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday with a left wrist sprain.

  • Larry Bird hopes Russell Westbrook 'wins 10 MVPs in a row'

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Kevin Love likes Russell Westbrook for MVP over his own Cleveland Cavaliers teammate. LeBron James is OK with that opinion. Well, Westbrook may have just received the ultimate endorsement from Hall of Famer Larry Bird. The Indiana Pacers president told ESPN.com in an extensive interview that he hopes Westbrook “wins 10 MVPs in a row.”(You […]

  • Ex-employee on how Adidas didn't sign Michael Jordan

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    In 1984, the Portland Trail Blazers made the decision to draft Sam Bowie with the second pick of the NBA Draft. At the time, it seemed like a pretty reasonable decision. Bowie, a senior out of Kentucky, was an All-American and was just shy of averaging a double-double during the 1983-84 season with the Wildcats. Bowie was to provide valuable assistance to the team struggling to replace Bill Walton, USA TODAY reports. This all made sense on June 19, 1984, before the Chicago Bulls picked third. The Bulls chose Michael Jordan with that pick.

  • LeBron James: 'No one should fault' Kevin Love for choosing Russell Westbrook as MVP

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    In response to Kevin Love's endorsement of Russell Westbrook as the NBA's Most Valuable Player this season, LeBron James hasn't added fuel to the fire. "Kev has is own opinion on who he believes is the MVP," James said Tuesday. "No one should fault him for that." On Monday, Love went on the Dan Patrick Show and said he would pick Westbrook over James, his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate, as this season's MVP. Westbrook and Love played together at UCLA in college. Per the Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd , Love "seemed frustrated Tuesday" that only a small portion of his interview had been circulated. “If you choose to get the little three- or four-second clip of my whole answer, I said LeBron could very well be the MVP, Steph Curry, James Harden,” Love said Tuesday. “Those are guys you all talk about and you know very well all of them could be the MVP.” With Kevin Durant out indefinitely, Westbrook has helped the Thunder move three games ahead of Phoenix for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. James' Cavaliers are second in the Eastern Conference standings as of Wednesday.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Yesterday

    It's Wednesday on the Power Lunch chat! Get your men's and women's NCAA Tournament, Thunder, and spring football questions in to Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., live from H&H Shooting Sports,

  • The top-selling throwback jersey in Oklahoma is ...

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Mitchell and Ness specializes in throwback sports apparel and vintage jerseys, so the the tradition-rich company has a good idea of what is selling where. Take Oklahoma, for example. Mitchell and Ness created a map of the best selling professional team throwback jerseys by state and a Sanders is at the top of the list. It's not Barry, however. It's Deion Sanders' 1995 authentic Dallas Cowboys jersey (which is selling for $300 here ). Remember this one? The big stars on the shoulders? It was the final Super Bowl season of the early-90s Cowboys' dynasty. Sanders' also has top-selling throwbacks in Georgia and Hawaii (for what it's worth, Barry Sanders' 1993 Detroit Lions jersey is the top seller in Michigan.) But Sanders is far from the most popular throwback athlete according to M&N. Kobe Bryant's 1996-97 Los Angeles Lakers jersey is the top throwback in SEVEN states. Kobe's No. 8 is even the top selling throwback in Ohio, which is supposed to be LeBron James country. Maybe James isn't old enough to have a throwback yet? Other notables: Mickey Mantle's 1951 New York Yankees jersey is the No. 1 M&N throwback in Idaho. Troy Aikman is No. 1 in Texas . 1995 Cowboys strike again.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters continues strong, efficient play in win over the Lakers

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    In the Thunder’s 127-117 win over the Lakers, Dion Waiters scored 23 key points on 10-of-16 shooting, continuing to implement his stated desire to attack the rim more.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Strong play at home continues as OKC cruises past Lakers

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The Thunder cruised to a 127-117 victory over the Lakers inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, the latest in a long line of impressive performances OKC has assembled since late December.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder prepares to renew rivalry with rejuvenated Spurs

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Through the season’s first 71 games, the Thunder has played every Western Conference team at least twice. Except the San Antonio Spurs.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Lakers

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Looking for its fourth win in a row, the Oklahoma City Thunder hosts the Los Angeles Lakers. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Report: Mark Price mulling job at UNC Charlotte

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Former NBA All-Star Mark Price has been offered the job at UNC Charlotte, according to ESPN sources. Price, an Enid native, played 12 seasons in the NBA, where he was a four-time All-Star. Price would replace Alan Major, who left the school last week after five seasons. Price is currently an assistant with the NBA's Charlotte Hornets. More from NewsOK : Oklahoma's greatest basketball player, Mark Price, returns to OKC as Bobcats' assistant coach Collected Wisdom: Mark Price

  • OKC Thunder: Is Kevin Love right? Is Russell Westbrook having a better season than LeBron James?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Russell Westbrook more than likely isn’t going to win the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award. But that doesn’t mean he’s having a lesser season than Stephen Curry, James Harden or LeBron James. On Monday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said on the Dan Patrick Show that Westbrook is arguably having a better season than his […]

  • Russell Westbrook has statistical milestone nixed

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder star and MVP candidate Russell Westbrook has put up some unreal numbers over this season and especially the past few months, regularly leading his team in every major statistical category. The greatest manifestation of that dominance has been via the triple-double, supposedly the product of coincidence even when players appear to begunning or lobbying for them, Yahoo Sports reports. While the milestone is an imperfect measurement of a quality game, it's one of the best ways of expressing how much Westbrook has done for the Thunder. When he logged his 10th triple-double of the season with 12 points, 17 assists, and 10 rebounds in Sunday's victory over the Miami Heat, it was a useful indicator of what he means to the team.

  • New chapter in Kevin Love-LeBron James drama

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    At this point, the relationship between LeBron James and Kevin Love has been scrutinized more than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s marriage, but alas the two Cleveland Cavaliers teammates keep fanning flames, and the media firestorm rages on, Yahoo Sports reports. While promoting chocolate milk, as if chocolate milk needed promoting, Love appeared on two national radio shows and made comments about James on each that could be perceived as veiled references to a strained coexistence. Admittedly, it’s speculation, but neither Love nor LeBron have done all that much to quell concerns in Cleveland.