• Russell Westbrook in Paris: Thunder guard visits Fashion Week

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    In June, Russell Westbrook announced that he would team up with Barneys New York on his own clothing line. The partnership included a trip to Paris Fashion Week to promote Westbrook’s styles. The Thunder guard made it to Paris at the end of June, and collaborated with Vogue Magazine on a photo diary you can […]

  • The Thunder's $29 million dollar question

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    How much money does the Thunder have to play with? A profit does not equate to a spending spree. It’s been reported that the Thunder project to make the fifth-largest profit from the NBA’s revenue-sharing system, trailing only big markets such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Boston. From Grantland.com NBA writer Zach Lowe: The […]

  • Kobe Bryant Trolls Charlotte Hornets 18 Years After Team Traded Him To Lakers

    Published: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    July 1 marks the anniversary of multiple historical and athletic events: The start of the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), the founding of China's Communist Party (1921), WFAN in New York debuting as the nation's first all-sports radio station (1987) and Derek Jeter's "The Dive" into the stands (2004), according to The Post Game. Also, on July 1, 1996, the Charlotte Hornets traded Kobe Bryant, the 13th overall pick in that summer's NBA draft, to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Hornets received center Vlade Divac. As Bryant was 17 at the time, he needed his parents to co-sign his first NBA contract. On Tuesday, Bryant trolled his former team of five days Twitter, The Post Game reports.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson remains Thunder's top priority

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    It can be argued that keeping Jackson in the mix and happy going forward is more pivotal than any personnel addition Oklahoma City can make during free agency.

  • Report: LeBron James wants the max; Bosh, Wade to take cuts

    Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    Miami's big three looking to keep their act together. Multiple sources are reporting that LeBron James is going to crush several teams' dreams before they even being by seeking a one- or two-year contract with the Miami Heat for max money. What's that mean for the other two in the Big 3 -- Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade? Reports are that Bosh will agree to a five-year deal at $11 million in the first year, while Wade will take $12 million in the first year of a four-year deal. It's far less than the two could have potentially demanded in free agency from, which could leave the Heat with cap space to bring in more help should the deals stand.

  • Report: Oklahoma City Thunder considering free agent guard Vince Carter

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    The Thunder might have its sights set on a specific shooting guard among the bunch in this year’s free agent class. Veteran guard Vince Carter reportedly will attract several suitors as free agency gets underway Tuesday, and the Thunder is said to be one of them. Oklahoma City is expected to be joined by Miami, […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How should Sam Presti and the Thunder attack free agency?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 30, 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 - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • OKC Thunder to meet with Lakers' Pau Gasol?

    Published: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Free agency begins Monday night at 11 p.m. (central) and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to fill several holes in its roster. Could one of those holes be filled by a big man with championship rings? The L.A. Times reported on Monday that Pau Gasol will meet with the Thunder. Gasol will be a free agent after making $19 million with the Lakers last season.

  • Reports: Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd 'traded' to Milwaukee

    Published: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Milwaukee reached an agreement to send 2015 and 2019 second-round picks to Brooklyn to allow Jason Kidd out of the final two years of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets and become the Bucks' coach.

  • Denied promotion, Jason Kidd gets OK to talk with Bucks

    Published: Sat, Jun 28, 2014

    Apparently Jason Kidd isn’t satisfied with just coaching, but he’ll have to be if he stays with the Nets. According to a league source, Kidd recently approached ownership with a series of demands, including the role of overseeing the Nets’ basketball operations department in addition to his head coaching responsibilities. The source said Kidd didn’t want general manager Billy King to be dismissed, but wanted to be given a title and placed above him in the organizational hierarchy. Ownership declined to grant Kidd that kind of power, which is rare for any coach in the league to have. The franchise then was asked by the Bucks for permission to speak with Kidd about the prospect of hiring him, and the Nets allowed them to do so.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Thunder's latest draft class?

    Updated: Fri, Jun 27, 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 - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Isaiah Austin wins the night at the NBA Draft and starts a new life

    Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    The most memorable image of the 2014 NBA Draft went to the player who wasn't chosen by any team, but instead was selected by the entire league, according to CBS Sports. Baylor's Isaiah Austin was the best pick of the night and subject to one of the most memorable, sentimental draft events ever. Commissioner Adam Silver ushered an emotional, earned moment Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn when, between the 15th and 16th picks, Silver did something Austin, his high school coach and his family -- all there sitting with him in the green room -- had no idea was coming. "The NBA selects: Isaiah Austin," Silver said.

  • Pick-by-pick thoughts on the first round of the NBA Draft

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    I say this every year, but the NBA Draft is so much better than the NFL Draft. Yet the latter receives months and months of buildup, multiple days of coverage and an insane amount of attention. It never lives up to the hype. The NBA Draft rarely disappoints. I thought NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s first […]

  • NBA Draft: Oklahoma State's Markel Brown lands with Brooklyn Nets

    By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    NEW YORK — A year after making the biggest deal on draft day, the Brooklyn Nets settled for minor action toward the end. Bypassing a chance to acquire a first-round pick, the Nets finally made their move midway through the second, acquiring the rights to No. 44 pick Markel Brown from Minnesota. “Thank you to the Brooklyn Nets organization for giving me this golden opportunity,” Brown tweeted late Thursday night. The Nets sent the Timberwolves cash considerations for the guard from Oklahoma State. Playing alongside Marcus Smart, who went with the No. 6 pick to Boston, Brown averaged 17.2 points last season, fifth in the Big 12.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With unexpected choices, Sam Presti's up to his old draft night tricks again

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    How many times have we seen this? How many times have we realized he was right? The Thunder general manager selected Michigan power forward Mitch McGary with the 21st pick, then took Stanford small forward Josh Huestis with the 29th pick.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder select Michigan's Mitch McGary with the 21st overall pick

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    With the 21st overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, the Thunder selected Michgan center/power forward Mitch McGary. We’ll have full coverage on the selection later tonight and into tomorrow, but for now, here’s a comprehensive video breakdown of his game, via Draft Express:

  • WATCH: The NBA drafts former Baylor forward Isaiah Austin

    Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Baylor's Isaiah Austin saw his future as a pro basketball player cut short by a career-ending medical condition, but the NBA made a classy move at Thursday night's draft. Midway through the first round, Austin was "drafted" by the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver. Austin, a 7-foot-1 forward who was projected as a late first-round pick in the NBA Draft, was diagnosed earlier this week with Marfan syndrome, an inherited disease that could be life threatening. Austin was instructed to never play basketball again. That didn't keep the NBA from honoring him on Thursday.

  • Marcus Smart drafted sixth overall by the Boston Celtics

    Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart was selected sixth in the NBA Draft Thursday evening by the Boston Celtics. Earlier this week, NewsOK's Cody Stavenhagen speculated where Smart might land, writing that the Boston brass was "confident" Smart could share a backcourt with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley. Some more insight from reporters who cover the league:

  • Dirk's recruiting pitch to LeBron James

    Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    It's no secret LeBron James is a big Dallas Cowboys fan. But Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has something other than football tickets to offer the Miami Heat free-agent forward, according to Yahoo Sports. "C'mon, you can have the keys to the city [of Dallas]," Nowitzki said of his sales pitch to James. "It's all yours." After acquiring former teammate Tyson Chandler in a trade with the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Nowitzki expressed happiness about the state of the Mavericks prior to Steve Nash's charity soccer game here. But convincing James or Knicks free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony is a tall order.

  • OSU's Marcus Smart talks draft-night suit, his future

    Published: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Expect former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart to be one of the more well-dressed prospects at Thursday night's NBA Draft. In an interview with GQ Magazine, Smart talked about his blue Alba suit and his ideal landing spot in the NBA.