• [UPDATE] Serge Ibaka responds to rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk callout

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Meet former Arizona swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He’s known for his length, energy, defense and athleticism. He’s a high flyer who is projected to be a first-round pick in next month’s NBA Draft. But before he’s even been drafted, Hollis-Jefferson already has his eyes set on someone he wants to put on a poster, and that […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: The market for Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb, NBA Draft and the assistant coach search

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    POWER LUNCH CHAT -- Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry answered a variety of questions on the Thunder, the NBA playoffs and the draft on Monday's Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap:

  • The Thunder's (slim) chance at the NBA Draft Lottery and who it should pick

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    NBA DRAFT LOTTERY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder has a 1.8 percent chance of landing a Top 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Stranger things have happened. With the NBA Draft Lottery coming up Tuesday, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel discuss who the Thunder should target with a potential Top 3 pick or the No. 14 selection.

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with columnist Jenni Carlson

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Think the Oklahoma City Thunder can sneak into the top three spots in tonight's NBA Draft Lottery? Want to talk OU softball? Join columnist Jenni Carlson for today's Power Lunch live chat starting at 11 a.m.

  • Marcus Smart voted to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was one of 10 players to earn NBA All-Rookie honors for the 2014-15 season. The former Oklahoma State guard was voted to the All-Rookie Second Team, receiving the sixth-most voting points among first-year players (142 total points; 28 first-team votes, 86 second-team with first-team votes worth two points each). Smart […]

  • Report: Maurice Cheeks a possible Thunder assistant coach candidate

    staff reports | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A former Oklahoma City Thunder assistant could be in the mix to return to the Thunder bench under Billy Donovan. Yahoo Sports sources are reporting that former Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks has emerged as a possible candidate for Donovan's staff. Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams is one of several "ambitious" former ex-NBA coaches that Donovan is attempting to talk into taking his top two assistant positions, and it appears that Cheeks is in that group. Cheeks was an assistant under Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City from 2009-2013, and has had head coaching stints in Portland, Philadelphia and Detroit. It's been reported that Donovan's former Florida assistant Anthony Grant will join the Thunder staff as the No. 3 assistant. Other assistants on the radar are Chicago's Andy Greer, Portland's Nate Tibbetts, and the New York Knicks' Brian Keefe.

  • Clippers' Emotional Nature Holding Them Back from Postseason Success

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Los Angeles Clippers still aren’t cool, says CNN's Bleacher Report, not in the hip sense of being a trendy, newfound America’s Team that won a rebellion against former owner Donald Sterling, but insofar as they're still losers who’ve never been to the Western Conference Finals. There is nothing like a Game 7 on the road to test the latter definition of "cool." Unfortunately for the Clippers, they revealed on Sunday just how overly emotional they are. They completed their collapse from a 3-1 series advantage (with a 19-point lead late in Game 6 at home) with a 113-100 loss in Houston.

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler roundtable discussion

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Kyle Singler. What’s one thing you liked about Kyle Singler’s game and one thing that made you scratch your head? Darnell Mayberry, beat writer: I liked that he played the game the right way. He wasn’t always effective. In fact, he rarely was effective in his brief stint with the Thunder. But you never could question his effort, his motives or his instincts. And the fundamentals that so many have praised him for were evident. He didn’t take bad shots. He made the extra pass. He understood proper spacing, positioning and timing on both ends. The problem was there were large stretches where most of those “little things” didn’t really make a ripple. That was

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler makes mark in final eight starts

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    When Kyle Singler walked into Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on the morning of Feb. 21, he walked into a new world. That morning shootaround was the first time he took the court with his new team, and moments before the session began former Thunder coach Scott Brooks pulled Singler aside and informed him that he’d be starting in place of the injured Kevin Durant. Singler hadn’t had a single practice. Hadn’t even met all of his new teammates. But there he was, charged with the unenviable task of filling in for last year’s MVP on his first day on the job. “It was challenging,” Singler remembered. Not just that first day. Those first few weeks.

  • Thunder season review: What they're saying about Kyle Singler

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    What they’re saying about Thunder forward Kyle Singler. Thunder guard D.J. Augustin — “Kyle’s the type of guy…that he can go a game without playing at all and be thrown in the next game and play well. That’s hard to do. That’s really hard to do on this level. And I respect a guy like that.” Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks — “He knows how to play. He has a very high IQ. He obviously was with a great program in college (at Duke)…And he gives you everything he has. That’s what you like with players.” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — “He’s a solid team player and often it doesn’t show up in stats.

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler's season report card

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Kyle Singler’s season with the Thunder got off to a slow start. But he finished fairly strong. His inconsistency and overall lack of quality production, however, can’t be ignored when grading his time in a Thunder uniform. C+ 3-point shooting: Singler got off to a slow start upon his arrival, making 10 of 30 from long range in his first 15 games with the Thunder. But then he found his rhythm and made nine of 19 over the next eight contests and looked like the 3-point shooting threat OKC acquired. Singler finished the season at 37 percent, a respectable clip from deep. Still, that fell short of the 38.2 percent he connected on last season and the 40.6 percent he hit in 54 games with

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler by the numbers

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Despite landing a starting role immediately on an injury-plagued team, Kyle Singler’s statistical production plummeted to career -low levels in OKC. Here’s a look at what he did in a Thunder uniform. 0.7: Assists per game. 2.1: Rebounds per game 3.7: Points per game. 4.3: Fouls per 36 minutes. 17.5: Minutes per game, a career low. 26: Games played with OKC, including 18 starts. 33.3: Field goal percentage. 37.0: 3-point shooting percentage. 68.8: Free throw shooting percentage. 110.9: Points allowed per 100 possessions with Singler on the floor. Players shot 52.4 percent against Singler, eight percentage points higher than their

  • The best question teams are asking at the NBA Draft Combine

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    It’s far from the zoo that is the NFL scouting combine, because it has far less silliness. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a level of absurdity being conducted at the NBA Draft Combine. With teams potentially about to make multimillion dollar investments, they want to know everything they possibly can about each player. As […]

  • Report: Thunder targeting fired Pelicans coach Monty Williams as assistant coach

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Recently fired New Orleans coach Monty Williams reportedly is among a select group of candidates Thunder coach Billy Donovan has targeted to join him on the bench in Oklahoma City. A Yahoo! Sports report said Williams was one of several “ambitious” former ex-NBA coaches that Donovan is attempting to talk into taking his top two […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's absence on defense an underrated part of decline

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Durant is not Serge Ibaka, one of the league’s elite rim protectors. But the Thunder’s defense sputtered before Ibaka missed the final 18 games with a knee scope.

  • Blake Griffin's top 10 commercial list

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Blake Griffin has become an advertising phenomenon with his three-year series of Kia commercials. But Griffin also has starred in great spots for Foot Locker, GameFly.com and Red Bull. Here are Griffin’s 10 best commercials: 1. KIA: Roman Empire, 2015 Shooting a Roman Empire movie, Griffin arrives for battle riding standing through the sun roof of an Optima. “My brothers, today we fight, for our honor,” Griffin says with his sword raised. The agitated director runs up saying, “Cut, cut, cut. Blake, where is your chariot.” Griffin responds with Shakespearean drama, “There is no finer ride in all the land.” The director reminds Griffin that they are shooting “a period piece.” Griffin drops the dramatic voice.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Kevin Durant's 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Kevin Durant’s 2014-15 season:

  • Blake Griffin's sense of humor throws off a lot of people, including his parents

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    While Griffin has been a star of these NBA playoffs — ESPN’s Jon Barry says Griffin has been the best player in the postseason — Griffin’s Kia commercials have stolen the show.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report card on Kevin Durant's season

    anthony slater | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Kevin Durant didn’t repeat as the NBA’s MVP. But his season had a large impact on the Thunder’s. In a year defined by injuries in Oklahoma City, Durant’s constant health problems were the most crippling. Here’s a report card look at his 2014-15 campaign:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    When he was on the court, Kevin Durant remained one of the league’s most potent scorers. But, again, that was only when he was on the court. Here’s a look at his season by the numbers: