• Comparing Kevin Durant's January 2014 to Russell Westbrook's February 2015

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    In recent days, the Russell Westbrook MVP campaign has ratcheted up, with his supreme level of play coinciding with the news that his superstar teammate will miss more time. Last year, in an opposite situation, a monster January sparked Kevin Durant’s MVP campaign. And it started just a week after Russell Westbrook had a knee scope on […]

  • Kendrick Perkins says he picked the Cavs for LeBron

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    When it came down to it, Kendrick Perkins went with The King. The former Thunder center suited up for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time Tuesday following his trade exit from Oklahoma City. In a story from ESPN's Cavs writer Dave McMenamin, Perkins explained why he picked the Cavs over the Los Angeles Clippers following his buyout by the Utah Jazz. You can read that story here . Perkins played for Clippers coach Doc Rivers in Boston and won a title in 2008, but he also has history with James dating back to his AAU basketball days. "It was extremely hard," said Perkins who finalized his contract with Cleveland earlier Tuesday after agreeing to a buyout from the Jazz on Monday. "(Clippers coach Doc Rivers) was real honest with me, he told me, 'I think your best two situations right now is either us or Cleveland.' So I was like, Doc? Or I have a chance to go play with The King. Doc? The King? Uh, I choose The King." In the story, Perkins is also complimentary of his five years in Oklahoma City, and the growth of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pacers

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The Thunder, looking for its seventh win in a row, takes on the Indiana Pacers at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • LeBron James says 10-year-old son is getting college offers

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Cavaliers all star LeBron James said his son, LeBron James Jr., is already getting college scholarship offers. A YouTube clip made the rounds on the Internet Monday of James Jr. playing well in a youth tournament, and James had to answer media questions about his son's talent as a result. It wouldn't be such a big deal if LeBron James Jr. wasn't all of 10 years old. "Yeah, he's already got some offers from colleges," James said at Tuesday shootaround . "It's pretty crazy. It should be a violation. You shouldn't be recruiting 10-year old kids."

  • Cavaliers make Kendrick Perkins signing official

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially signed center Kendrick Perkins, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today. Per league policy, terms of the contract were not released. Perkins was  traded to the Utah Jazz by the Oklahoma City Thunder last Thursday, but the Jazz waived the 12-year veteran, making him available to sign with any team. Perkins will be available for the Cavaliers tonight against the Detroit Pistons, where he'll face former Thunder teammates Reggie Jackson and Caron Butler.

  • Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks to play Lincoln exhibition

    Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — If all goes as planned, the Chicago Bulls' Doug McDermott will return to play basketball in Nebraska next fall. But it won't be in the arena where he entertained sellout crowds as a collegian. Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena announced Tuesday it would host an NBA preseason game between the Bulls and Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 23. McDermott's exploits for Creighton earned him three-time All-American and 2014 national player of the year honors some 50 miles away at CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, which runs CenturyLink Center, began negotiating with the Bulls for an exhibition shortly after the first-round draft pick landed with Chicago last June, sp

  • Daniel Orton kicked out of Philippine Basketball Association for Manny Pacquiao comments

    Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Bishop McGuinness product and former NBA player Daniel Orton was in the news last week for making negative comments about boxing superstar and Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao Well, it cost Orton his job. Orton has reportedly been fined and kicked out of the Philippine Basketball Association for his comments following a game in which his Purefoot Hotshots team played a pro-league game against a team with Pacquiao on it. "Professional boxer, yeah, okay... professional basketball player, no. It's a joke," Orton said at the time. Pacquiao, who is 5-foot-6, scored a single point in the game. He's considered a national hero in the Philippines for not just his illustrious boxing career, but for his political contributions. Pacquiao serves as a national congressman. The league issued a statement obtained by Yahoo! Sports, which said "this insulting behaviour will never be condoned by this league." "Everyone is angry at him... it is like he went to the United States and insulted the name of Martin Luther King," said Rene Pardo, the top administrator for the Purefood Hotshots who was quoted by local media. Orton apologized via Twitter on Monday.

  • Thunder considered analytics 'believers' by ESPN

    Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com rated 122 teams on the strength of each franchise's analytics staff, its buy-in from execs and coaches and how much its approach is predicated on analytics. The result? The Thunder come out as one of the NBA's "believers" in analytics and how they can impact the franchise. From ESPN: "The tight-lipped Thunder say little publicly about analytics, but their track record demonstrates they are, on the whole, believers. GM Sam Presti, a panelist at the inaugural MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in 2007 while working in the San Antonio Spurs' front office, established an analytics department when he joined the then-Seattle SuperSonics later that year." Four NBA teams are in ESPN's top 10 teams in the four major pro sports "who have embraced data most." At the top of the list are the Philadelphia 76ers, who are run by Marlow native Sam Hinkie . "When Philly hired Sam Hinkie in May 2013, the team became a test case for the GM's plan: dump overvalued mediocrity, lose (a lot) with cheap role players and load up on picks," ESPN says. "With five staffers devoted to picking apart the CBA, mining player health and minting theories on roster construction, Hinkie has topped his former boss, Rockets GM Daryl Morey, as the NBA's most ardent analytic master."

  • OKC Thunder: Explaining the Thunder on trade deadline day

    Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Is the Oklahoma City Thunder operating in fear of losing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? Not really. "OKC doesn't operate 'like, geez, are these guys gonna leave? Are these guys gonna be happy?,'" an NBA league source told TNT's David Aldridge. Aldridge says of all the NBA teams making moves last Thursday, the Thunder was the big winner at the trade deadline. The Boston Celtics had wanted players and draft picks, as did the Philadelphia 76ers, but "by 3 p.m. ET Thursday, it was Oklahoma City that has done the most good," Aldridge said. And with all the rumors for most of the day centered around the Thunder getting Brook Lopez from the Brooklyn Nets, Aldridge explains how the Thunder flipped at the last minute, which led to the deal which sent Enes Kanter to OKC: "At 2:45 ET, the Thunder texted the Nets, who'd just gotten the okay from (Kevin) Garnett 15 minutes earlier that he'd agree to the trade to Minnesota: 'We're going in another direction', read the message to Brooklyn."

  • Kobe Bryant talks Thunder, Russell Westbrook on Grantland show

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    On Sunday evening, an injured Kobe Bryant co-hosted ESPN’s Grantland Basketball Hour with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose. And on it, the trio talked a ton about Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. There were some interesting discussions, particularly when Kobe was presented with the idea that the Thunder is now Russell Westbrook’s — and not Kevin Durant’s — team. Bryant […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    How about the new-look Thunder? How long will Kevin Durant be sidelined? Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Kevin Durant undergoes second surgery on right foot, will be reevaluated in one week

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Kevin Durant underwent a second surgical procedure Sunday on his right foot to alleviate increasing soreness stemming from the Jones fracture he sustained in October, the Thunder has announced. Durant will be reevaluated in one week, which will force him to miss at least five games. “Kevin’s experienced some soreness in his right foot recently, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook takes control as OKC blows out Nuggets

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 21 points, tied his career high of 17 assists and added eight rebounds to lead the Thunder to an authoritative 119-94 win over Denver on Sunday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    The new-look Thunder makes its home debut against the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant day-to-day with more right foot soreness

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Still experiencing soreness in his surgically repaired right foot, Durant sat out Saturday night against the Hornets. It was his 28th missed game of the season, spread out into four segments.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC's new pieces mesh well in win in Charlotte

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Russell Westbrook had 33 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter also had double-doubles and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Charlotte Hornets 110-103 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With veteran presences gone, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook must assume that responsibility

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Thunder’s resident superstars, who have done everything from pumping air in the balls to hawking programs on the Chesapeake concourse, now assume an additional title. Elder statesmen, and all the responsibilities that go with it.

  • Report: Cavaliers to sign Kendrick Perkins

    Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Cleveland Cavaliers look to have added a major defensive piece -- and former Thunder player. Kendrick Perkins, the former Thunder center who was traded to the Utah Jazz on Thursday, will reportedly sign with the Cavaliers, as his contract buyout has been completed by the Jazz ( Yahoo Sports ). Along with Reggie Jackson, Perkins, 30, was shipped out in the three-team deal which saw the Thunder acquire Enes Kanter and Steve Novak from Utah, and Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin from Detroit. Perkins  reportedly also considered the Los Angeles Clippers, where he would have reunited with Doc Rivers, who coached him with the Boston Celtics. But ESPN sources said Perkins has  been recruited directly by LeBron James to pick the Cavaliers.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder introduces its new players, but no Kevin Durant against the Charlotte Hornets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Q&A: Kyle Singler always knew he'd end up playing in Oklahoma City

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Kyle Singler has long been linked to the Thunder, going back to the 2012 NBA Draft, when many projected Oklahoma City to select the 6-foot-8 forward out of Duke. As it turns out, it wasn’t just prognosticators. “Yeah, there was a moment when I thought it was going to happen,” Singler said. Nearly three years […]