• Rookie Survey: Kevin Durant is NBA rookies' favorite player for second consecutive year

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    At the annual NBA Rookie Photo Shoot earlier this month, 36 rookies were surveyed from the NBA's latest draft class, and many of them picked Kevin Durant as their favorite player. When asked "Who is your favorite player in the league?," 21.2 percent of the rookies polled picked Durant in this year's NBA Rookie Survey. Durant, selected as the rookies' favorite player for the second year in a row, beat out Kobe Bryant (18.2 percent) and LeBron James (15.2 percent). Thunder guard Russell Westbrook picked up some votes, but not enough to land in the Top 6 with Durant, Bryant, James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade and James Harden. Who is your favorite player in the league? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 21.2 percent 2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 18.2 percent 3. LeBron James, Cleveland, 15.2 percent Tie-4, Stephen Curry, Golden State, 9.1 percent; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 9.1 percent 6. James Harden, Houston, 6.1 percent According to NBA.com, the top three vote-getters finished in the same order in 2014. Other Thunder players appearing in the Rookie Survey are rookies Dakari Johnson and Cameron Payne. Johnson received votes for the question "which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the draft?" Johnson was selected in the second round at No. 48 overall. Payne tied with Oklahoma State-killer Joseph Young in the "which rookie is the best playmaker" category, receiving 5.7 percent of the rookie vote. Payne also received votes for "which rookie is the funniest?" Which rookie is the best playmaker? 1. D'Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers, 40 percent 2. Tyus Jones, Minnesota, 17.1 percent 3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver, 14.3 percent 4. Delon Wright, Toronto, 8.6 percent Tie-5. Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City ; Joseph Young, Indiana, 5.7 percent. Check out all the results here at NBA.com.

  • Six things to know about the Thunder's preseason schedule

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Pro basketball will officially return to the state of Oklahoma in less than two months. But it’ll be of the exhibition variety. The Thunder released its preseason schedule on Tuesday afternoon, a six-game slate beginning in early October. Here’s something to know about each matchup. Oct. 7 – At Minnesota: Karl-Anthony Towns, the league’s No. 1 overall pick this past June, gets his first taste of NBA action against a stout Thunder frontline. But that’s not the only top pick the Wolves feature. Minnesota also has Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, the 2013 and 2014 No. 1 overall picks. With Wiggins, Towns, second-year pogo stick Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio, the Wolves have compiled some

  • Thunder releases 2015 preseason schedule

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder released its complete 2015 preseason schedule on Tuesday, which includes two games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder will open the preseason Oct. 7 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis, Minn., then will debut at home Oct. 9 against Turkish League club Fenerbahce Ulker - a former team of Thunder center Enes Kanter. The Thunder will play three games in Oklahoma - two at Chesapeake Energy Arena and one against the Dallas Mavericks at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Oct. 13. The team's final home game of the preseason is Oct. 18 against the Denver Nuggets. Single-game Thunder tickets for preseason and regular season games at Chesapeake Energy

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Billy Donovan talks Wall Street, building a dynasty at Florida

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Aug 17, 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 […]

  • WATCH: Russell Westbrook's Top 10 plays from the 2014-15 season

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    In case you've forgotten how stinking good Russell Westbrook was this past season, NBA.com has a reminder: Westbrook's Top 10 plays from the 2014-15 season. Enjoy.

  • OKC Thunder: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    For 23 years, Donovan avoided the Wall Street lifestyle that so many from Rockville Center are so often destined. He rerouted his path to the NBA with an undying dedication to basketball. But athletic limitations gave his dream an expiration date. By 1989, he was out of the league and a 24-year-old looking for work. Wall Street was the most obvious choice.

  • Greg Oden signs with Jiangsu Dragons of Chinese Basketball Association

    Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Greg Oden has signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal to play for the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to multiple media reports. The Portland Trail Blazers selected Oden ahead of Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA Draft. Oden, 27, has been limited to 105 games since being drafted due to injuries, including multiple microfracture knee surgery.

  • LeBron James' staggering promise to college-bound kids

    Published: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    Despite selling his 2014 return to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a homecoming, LeBron James remained a committed resident of his hometown of Akron, Ohio throughout his four seasons with the Miami Heat, Yahoo Sports reports. Through his continued residency in the city and the efforts of the LeBron James Family Foundation, the 30-year-old James has created opportunities young Ohioans that transcend whatever animosity bled over from the aftermath of "The Decision" (an event that also raised millions of dollars for local Boys & Girls Clubs). Now that James is back leading the Cavs with excellent performances, his contributions to his home state have received even more attention.

  • A look at Thunder coach Billy Donovan's early professional life at Marshall ... and on Wall Street

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    THUNDER UPDATE -- The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson and Anthony Slater discuss Part 3 of the five-part series on Thunder coach Billy Donovan.

  • Kevin Durant had another bone break in his foot before third surgery

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    The bone graft that Kevin Durant underwent in March was to address " persistent soreness " ... and another break. Durant went in for a third surgery on his right foot because "it had a crack in it," Durant told Bleacher Report . In Kevin Ding's piece, Durant goes into detail about the bone-graft procedure he went through, saying he "got like an extra layer of bone on the side of my foot that they put in there." "That's why it took longer to heal," Durant said. From Ding: "On the most basic point, Durant is cleared to play fully now on a 'healed' bone. But when doctors say it is 'healed,' it is healed enough that based on basic evidence it should not break again; the bone will continue to heal on some small level for more than a year." If the healing process is still ongoing, Ding makes the good point that Durant has to find a balance between what he's used to (going all out) and taking it easy in order to preserve his health for the long term. Keep in mind that Durant is entering the last year of his contract with the Thunder and is expected to be the jewel of the 2016 free agent class.

  • Why Kevin Durant's confidence is a good sign for Thunder

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Kevin Durant thinks he’s the best player in the world. That’s not good news. That’s great news. This week, KD has been in Vegas at Team USA minicamp. Didn’t play in the scrimmage Thursday night, but during practice sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, he did everything that everyone else did on that surgically repaired foot. And after the second of those workouts, he made a proclamation. “No disrespect to anyone else,” KD told CSN Chicago’s Vincent Goodwill, “but I feel like I’m the best player in the world.” No disrespect to KD, but it’s hard to argue that LeBron James isn’t the best player on the planet right now.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Breaking down the NBA's schedule release

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 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 […]

  • How Oklahomans made a mother's Kevin Durant dream come true

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The first text popped up on my phone a week ago Thursday. "They are so excited!" it read. The second text from Michelle Reynolds confirmed that. It was a picture of her kids, Lilly and Mateo, wearing new Kevin Durant Basketball Camp shirts and sporting big smiles. No lie, I threw up my arms in celebration when I saw them. I did what people do when their team scores or their favorite wins. This, my friends, was an epic win.  About a month ago, I shared the story of the Reynolds family from Kansas City. Michelle learned she had cancer when she was 16 weeks pregnant with a baby girl, and even though doctors told her to terminate, she decided to continue the pregnancy and start the chemotherapy.

  • James Harden officially signs with Adidas

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The Beard is now the face of The Three Stripes in basketball. Houston Rockets guard James Harden has left Nike to sign with Adidas. The former Thunder guard was reportedly offered $200 million over 13 years by Adidas following the expiration of his Nike deal. Creators Never Follow. @JHarden13 - #teamadidas 10.1.15 — adidas Basketball (@adidasHoops) August 13, 2015 Harden-Adidas partnership super official pic.twitter.com/NlWEouz5Fi — Zach Harper (@talkhoops) August 13, 2015 Reports emerged this week that Nike wouldn't match Adidas' offer for Harden, citing Nike's concerns about "sinking

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant (and friends) star in new Foot Locker commercial 'Eruption'

    Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Kevin Durant's latest commercial for Foot Locker shows the Thunder star's reaction to a playground basketball dunk, with images of Oklahoma City in the background (and a cameo from NBA Slam Dunk Champion Zach LaVine at 0:23). The commercial is a promotion for Durant's new Nike KD8 shoes and apparel. Check out the video above.

  • OKC Thunder: TV schedule shows networks still view Thunder as elite

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    It’s been four months since we last saw the Thunder, and it’ll be another 2 1/2 months before we see the hometown team again. But we now know exactly where the Thunder will be and when this coming season. The NBA released the 2015-16 schedule Wednesday, and the Thunder will again be among the league’s biggest attractions with 33 games scheduled for national television across the ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV networks. Oklahoma City’s 24 nationally televised games on ABC, ESPN and TNT are tied with the Los Angles Clippers for the second most in the league. The defending champion Golden State Warriors and reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers lead the way with 25 apiece.

  • Full 2015-16 Thunder schedule released

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    The NBA released full 2015-16 schedules for all 30 teams on Wednesday, and the Thunder will be featured in 24 nationally-televised games on ESPN or TNT, in addition to 71 games on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Here's the Thunder's schedule in PDF format. Also, make sure to check out Anthony Slater's "Top 10 Most Intriging Thunder Games" of the 2015-16 season.

  • OKC Thunder: View the Thunder's 2015-16 home schedule

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    NBA SCHEDULE -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry has obtained a copy of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2015-16 home schedule.

  • What Kevin Durant's USA Basketball return means

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    THUNDER UPDATE -- Kevin Durant was back in the spotlight on Tuesday with USA Basketball. What's to make of his practice session? Jenni Carlson and Anthony Slater discuss Durant and why Monty Williams is the perfect assistant for the Thunder this season.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Monty Williams participate in USA basketball camp

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The USA Basketball program tipped off its summer mini-camp in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon and NBA TV provided accompanying coverage that came with plenty of Thunder flavor. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both participated in the practice, with Durant's inclusion particularly important. KD has been ramping up activity in recent weeks and, though he won't participate in Thursday night's scrimmage, told assembled reporters afterward that "I'm feeling great. I'm 100 percent." The practice was relatively light, with little contact. But Durant seemed to move around unhindered on his surgically repaired right foot, navigating through skill drills and shooting stations, calling the feeling of being back