• Carmelo Anthony, who's looking quite thin, doesn't expect the Knicks to win it all this season

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    When he exercised the early termination option in his contract to enter free agency at the start of the summer, Carmelo Anthony — a seven-time All-Star who has never made it past the conference finals in an 11-year career — had to choose between taking a shorter, less lucrative contract offer to join a new team in pursuit of an NBA championship, or staying at home for the top dollar, but less likelihood of competing for a title, with the New York Knicks, according to Yahoo Sports. As you know, Anthony chose the latter option, spurning the more-playoff-push-prepared Chicago Bulls to agree to a five-year, $124 million deal to stay in Manhattan; he would later say that his decision wasn't about the money, but rather about believing new Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson can build a championship-caliber team in the years ahead. "I don't think we're that far away," Anthony told ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman.

  • Report: Dropping Drake could have gotten Raptors out of Kevin Durant comments fine

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    This week, the NBA hit the Toronto Raptors with a $25,000 fine for rapper Drake tampering after he made comments about Kevin Durant potentially playing in Canada. But the Raptors could have gotten their money back, according to Cathal Kelly of Toronto's The Globe and Mail. Kelly writes that "the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused." Kelly's point: Money well spent for the Raptors in a league seemingly flush with rampant recruiting and tampering. From Kelly: "Somebody’s worried about it now. Someone has picked up a phone – likely Thunder owner Clayton Bennett – and chewed the face off someone else at the league office. The league reacted by cooking up a financial penalty for a musical entertainer guilty of musing in public about a professional athlete coming to play for his local team. If that’s the new normal, everyone in the hip-hop business had better start putting money in an NBA Swear Jar."

  • Nick Collison’s blood-stained shoes being auctioned off by Thunder

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is auctioning off a pair of historical shoes. Nick Collison’s game-worn shoes from the April 3 game against the San Antonio Spurs are up for bid as part of the Thunder Cares August Auction. You might ask: What’s so special about these particular shoes? Well, for starters, they have NICK COLLISON’S […]

  • OKC Thunder to visit San Antonio on Christmas Day

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The entire 2014-15 NBA schedule will be unveiled at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

  • OKC Thunder: Who should the Thunder play on Christmas Day?

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The NBA schedule will be released on Wednesday at 5 p.m., which means Christmas comes early for Thunder and NBA fans worldwide. As for the real Christmas, the Thunder has become as much a part of the NBA’s yearly tradition as any team, playing in four consecutive Christmas Day contests. The Thunder’s last Dec. 25 […]

  • Thunder, NBA schedule to be released Wednesday

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The NBA announced that it will release its 2014-15 schedule Wednesday at 5 p.m.

  • Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer goes through; Sterling out

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The team says the sale closed Tuesday after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise. Her husband, Donald Sterling, had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court.

  • New Kevin Durant colorway 'Calm Before the Storm'

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    There's a new colorway of the KD7 on the way. Nike Basketball tweeted out photos of the KD7 Calm Before the Storm on Tuesday. The shoe will be available on Aug. 16. Nike is currently in a negotiating battle with Under Armour and Adidas to sign Durant to his next big shoe and clothing endorsement deal, with Under Armour  rumored to have thrown a $30 million per year offer at KD. But let's live in the present. What do you think of the latest KD7?

  • Former No. 1 pick Greg Oden charged on multiple battery counts

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The Associated Press is reporting that former No. 1 pick Greg Oden has been charged by Indiana prosecutors with felony battery, misdemeanor domestic battery, and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury. From The AP: The 26-year-old was arrested at his mother's suburban home in Lawrence, Indiana, on Thursday and released later that day from jail. An affidavit says a witness told police Oden punched the woman in the face, drawing blood. Oden, the top pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA Draft, played 23 games for the Miami Heat last season.

  • James Harden, Landon Donovan in Short Memory Part 2 commercial

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Last week, James Harden asked Charles Barkley for some advice leading into the upcoming NBA season. Barkley and Scottie Pippen showed Harden that all the greats have short memories in a hilarious commerical for Foot Locker . This week, it's Harden and Landon Donovan in Foot Locker's latest, as the former Thunder guard asks the recently-retired U.S. soccer icon how he handled getting cut from the national team this summer. Donovan has a short memory as well.

  • Former OSU guard Markel Brown fractures hand, out 4-6 weeks

    Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown has been diagnosed with a fractured right hand, as announced by the team on Monday, putting the former Oklahoma State guard out 4-6 weeks. According to the Nets, Brown suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand. The 44th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Brown averaged 10.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Nets in five summer league games with the Nets.

  • Thunder prospect Tibor Pleiss joins FC Barcelona

    Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Thunder frontcourt prospect Tibor Pleiss officially reached a two-year deal with FC Barcelona on Monday, as announced on fcbarcelona.com . Pleiss, 24, played the last two seasons for Laboral Kutxa in Spain, where he averaged 12 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in 24 contests. The 7-foot-1, 269 pounder was acquired by the Thunder in 2010. His move to Barcelona was  initially reported in early August by various sources.

  • Report: Kevin Durant comments by Drake get Raptors fined $25K by NBA

    Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments that rap star and team ambassador Drake made at a recent concert about Kevin Durant that the NBA has deemed a violation of its anti-tampering rules, a source told ESPN.com on Monday. Durant attended a recent show of Drake's in Toronto where the rapper  did some light recruiting of the league MVP. "I just wanna show one of my brothers something. My brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just wanted to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto," Drake said at OVO Fest. Drake, who hails from Canada and is an avid Raptors fan, was added as a global embassador for the Raptors in 2013 , at the time saying "today's probably one of the best days of my life. I can't wait to add everything I can."

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A look into OKC's search for a new TV analyst

    By Mel Bracht, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder plans to stick to the tried and true formula in hiring a new TV analyst to replace Grant Long on the Fox Sports Oklahoma’s Thunder broadcasts.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst candidates: A look at the contenders, longshots to replace Grant Long

    By Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Who will replace Grant Long as the Thunder TV analyst alongside play-by-play man Brian Davis? Here’s our list of contenders, longshots, and some outside of the box names for your entertainment: THE CONTENDERS Stacey King Background: Lawton native, All-American at OU and NBA first-round draft pick. Played a decade of NBA ball, winning three championship with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. Got into broadcasting in 2006, and has worked as the lead color commentator for the Bulls since 2008, earning popularity with a Gus Johnson-esque arsenal of catch phrases. Nancy Lieberman Background: Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer with broadcast experience on ESPN, ABC, FOX and NBC.

  • A look at the TV analysts for each NBA team

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    NBA team TV analysts for 2013-14 season: Western Conference Dallas Mavericks: Derek Harper, Jeff Wade (home games). Harper, 52, played 16 seasons as a guard in the NBA, including 12 with the Mavs. The quirky Wade, nicknamed “Skin,” co-hosts a Dallas sports talk show. Denver Nuggets: Scott Hastings. Hastings, 54, played 12 seasons in the NBA as a 6-10 power forward. Golden State Warriors: Jim Barnett. After 29 seasons on the TV team, Barnett, 70, who played 11 years in the NBA, plans to reduce his schedule this season. Houston Rockets: Clyde Drexler (home games), Matt Bullard. Drexler, 52, a 10-time All-Star, finished his career with the Rockets. The 6-10 Bullard, 47, played nine season with the

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What happened to TV analyst Grant Long?

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Deep financial problems contributed to the departure of Thunder TV analyst Grant Long, who had held his position with the team since it moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. The Thunder announced his resignation on July 21. Earlier this year, Long filed for bankruptcy in federal court. His initial paperwork included two out-of-state casinos that Long said he owed more than $300,000 — $195,000 to the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority and $125,000 to Bally’s Park Place. The bankruptcy case was later dismissed. According to records in his filing, Long earned $166,000 from the Thunder in 2013 and $193,000 in 2012. He listed his assets as $65,500 in personal property, including $40,000 for a 2009 Cadillac Escalade and $20,000 for a

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Who readers think should be the next Thunder TV analyst

    By Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    The Oklahoman asked for reader submissions on who should be the next Thunder TV color analyst. Here were some of the responses: Derek Melton (@d_rok20) via Twitter: “How about @JRsBBQ (Jim Ross) him and Brian Davis would be awesome.” Brian Lowry (via Facebook): “Kurt Thomas. He's buddies with Nick Collison from the Seattle days and still has a good feel for the league since he retired recently. I doubt Desmond Mason wants to give up on all the work he's put into his art, but you never know.” Rachel (@Rach585) via Twitter: “It should be @dmasonart (Desmond Mason)! A perfect fit for the broadcast team.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Kevin Durant's minutes must be better-managed this season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s admission made waves only because of what it means to USA Basketball this summer. Overshadowed is what it will mean for the Thunder next season. After that carefully-crafted, 97-word statement, the Thunder seemingly has no choice but to better manage its biggest star’s minutes.

  • Kevin Durant replaced on Team USA by Kings forward Rudy Gay

    Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Rudy Gay has been called to replace Kevin Durant on the USA Basketball roster battling for one of the final 12 spots to go to the FIBA World Cup. Durant withdrew from Team USA on Thursday, citing fatigue. That's opens the door for Gay, who offers versatility by being able to play both forward spots in international competition. The U.S. needs as many frontcourt players as it can get following Durant's withdrawal and Paul George's injury. Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge have all pulled out of Team USA duty this summer as well.