• 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 […]

  • Q&A: New Thunder point guard D.J. Augustin excited about joining OKC

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    D.J. Augustin has an established and well-known relationship with one Thunder player. He was a college teammate of Kevin Durant at Texas and remains a close friend. But KD isn’t the only OKC player Augustin knows well. In his first four seasons in the NBA, Augustin played for the Charlotte Bobcats. In the offseason, Charlotte native […]

  • Q&A: Enes Kanter appreciative of the Thunder's interest in Turkey

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    When the Thunder traveled overseas last preseason — for games in Istanbul and Manchester — it was a great chance for the team to mesh and the individuals to get more cultured. Nearly two years later, that brief overseas trip is still proving beneficial. When Enes Kanter arrived in OKC on Friday afternoon, he was […]

  • Q&A: New Thunder sharpshooter Steve Novak ready to take leadership role in OKC

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    As Enes Kanter battled big man coach Mark Bryant in a post-shootaround tussle in the post on Saturday morning, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant cheered their new center on from the sideline. But across the court, new Thunder sharpshooter Steve Novak was taking Bryant’s side, chiding Kanter, Durant and Westbrook in the process. “Let’s go $100 […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant out against Hornets with foot soreness

    staff reports | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant (foot soreness) will not play against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night, according to The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater . Thunder general manager Sam Presti  said Friday that Durant isn't at risk, but he is sore, and the team will continue to look at ways "to best manage the situation." Durant was noticably limping and was taken out of the Thunder's home win against Dallas on Thursday with 2:24 remaining. In that game, he played in three different pairs of shoes for reasons not specified by the team. He finished the game whith just 12 points in 37 minutes. Durant didn't participate in on-court portions of practice on Friday, according to Thunder coach Scott Brooks. Durant has played in just 27 of the Thunder's 54 games this season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is profiled on 'In Depth with Graham Bensinger'

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    MEDIA NOTEBOOK — The half-hour program will air at 10:35 p.m. Saturday on KOCO-5 and midnight Saturday on Tulsa’s KOKI-23

  • Reggie Jackson on trade to Pistons: 'This is such a weight off my shoulders'

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Now that Reggie Jackson is in Detroit, he's letting his emotions flow. The former Thunder guard tells Yahoo Sports that he's "always imagined having a coach like this, an opportunity like this in the NBA," and that coming to Detroit "is such a weight off my shoulders." Jackson was traded to the Detroit Pistons on Thursday in a multi-player deal that also saw Kendrick Perkins shipped to Utah and the Thunder acquire four players. From Adrian Wojnarowski's story : "The whole time, I was honest," he said. "I wanted to start. And then, I became the problem in the locker room to people who have never been in our locker room. …I mean, come on. "Coming here, this is such a weight off my shoulders, a new beginning. To come play with a new group of guys, to start to change this perception of me, I can't wait to get to the arena tonight and meet them all."

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How would you grade the Reggie Jackson trade?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 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 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 […]

  • D.J. Augustin was a beast in high school and I was there

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The prettiest jump shot I’ve ever seen. Ever. Well, until I got to Oklahoma City and saw Kevin Durant. But before that, it was D.J. Augustin. I was a senior at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans in 2002-2003 and everyone was buzzing about this freshman that was supposed to be next level. We […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Thunder changes up and down the roster. Did the Thunder get better with the deadline deals? Talk about them with Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Heat's Chris Bosh could miss rest of season with blood clot

    Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The Heat could announce Friday whether Chris Bosh will be forced to miss the remainder of the season following tests on his lungs. Bosh was admitted to a Miami-area hospital on Thursday after meeting with a doctor, with fear he could have blood clots on his lungs. If there are multiple clots, then Bosh would be out for the remainder of the season. The Heat (22-30) are currently in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings with 30 games left in the regular season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Shorthanded but energized Thunder rolls past Mavericks

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    During the Thunder’s 104-89 win over the Mavs — which vaulted OKC into a tie for the eighth seed with Phoenix — Serge Ibaka dominated the interior, compiling 21 points and a career-high 22 rebounds.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins will be missed in many ways

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Thursday brought great change to Oklahoma City. Nearly a third of the roster is turning over. Even though many pundits believe the Thunder was among the day’s biggest winners, it definitely lost something on this NBA trade deadline.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    The new-look Oklahoma City Thunder plays for the first time following the All-Star break against the Dallas Mavericks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Russell Westbrook: I own 1,000 pairs of shoes

    Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Russell Westbrook discusses his love of fashion, his line at Barneys and owning a thousand pairs of shoes.

  • Amar'e Stoudemire not playing for Mavericks against Thunder

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said that newly-acquired forward Amar'e Stoudemire will not play for the Mavs against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. Stoudemire's contract was bought out by the New York Knicks earlier this week, paving the way for the Mavericks to pick him up after he cleared waivers Wednesday. Stoudemire has faced the Thunder once this season, logging 20 points and nine rebounds in the Knicks' 105-78 loss.