• Thunder fans react to new 'sunset' jerseys

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    The Thunder unveiled a new alternate orange uniform called "sunset" on Friday. Here's what some fans had to say about it.

  • PHOTO: Kevin Durant throws passes on sidelines of Redskins-Giants

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Kevin Durant is a major Washington Redskins fan, so much that the Thunder star was spotted at a 'Skins road game on Thursday night. Durant was on the sidelines in pregame in his custom No. 35 Redskins jersey, tossing some passes at MetLife Stadium in New York City.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What intrigues you most about the start of training camp?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 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 […]

  • PHOTO: Is this the Thunder's new orange jersey?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    The Thunder opens preseason camp on Tuesday. The jersey watch has already begun. Thunder forward Kyle Singler posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday along with the caption "new jersey alert." The up-close look at the jersey is very orange. new jersey alert #thunderup A photo posted by Kyle Singler (@kylesingler) on Sep 24, 2015 at 1:04pm PDT No official word from the team on if that's the Thunder

  • NBA adds additional rest days to NBA Finals schedule

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    NEW YORK — The NBA is adding additional rest days to its NBA Finals schedule, putting two days in between every game where travel is necessary. Continuing one of Commissioner Adam Silver's goals of finding extra time off for players, the 2016 finals will begin June 2 and would end June 19 if a Game 7 is necessary. A year after the finals returned to a 2-2-1-1-1 format after three decades of 2-3-2, the latest change moves Game 3 and Game 5 back a day. Last year, there was only one off day when teams changed cities, and they played again the night after arriving. A seven-game finals would have gone 14 days under the 2-3-2 format and 15 days last year.

  • Kevin Durant joins The Players' Tribune as deputy publisher

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    The Players' Tribune has its new deputy publisher - Kevin Durant. The Thunder star was announced as the newest member of Derek Jeter's staff at theplayerstribune.com. According to The Players' Tribune, Durant will work with the former New York Yankees shortstop-turned founding publisher to "develop content, create tools to better assist athlete communication, and expand TPT's reach as the company rapidly grows." In a statement from Players' Tribune, the company said to expect editorial content from Durant in the coming weeks (and this could be where Durant announces his free agent decision in the summer of 2016. Kevin Love announced he was coming back to the Cleveland Cavaliers on

  • How the Thunder can improve its chances of keeping Kevin Durant

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    Occasionally when Sam Presti starts talking, you have to work hard not to roll your eyes. The Thunder general manager is a brilliant man, rarely in a room where he isn't the smartest person, and still, there are times he gets to spewing adages that sound like something off a cross-stitch project at your granny's house. Like Wednesday during his annual preseason press conference. “If you spend your time thinking about what could happen or what did happen,” Presti said, “you're gonna miss what's happening.” Cue the eye roll. Except that sometimes Presti's maxims aren't wrong. On the day marking the unofficial start to the season, there were lots of questions for Presti about Kevin Durant. His

  • Kevin Durant’s fall eyewear collection

    Linda Miller | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Kevin Durant’s eyewear collection for fall has been expanded, plus there’s a chance to win a limited-edition KD optical set.

  • Thunder can help Kanter on defensive end

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    The question had to come up sometime: What about Enes Kanter's defense? Following the Thunder handing Kanter a four-year, $70-million deal in the offseason, the great debate was whether the team overpaid for a player that has struggled mightily on the defensive end throughout his NBA career. "I understand the concern on the defensive piece," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said about Kanter. "To us, the opportunity to add a player like Kanter as a team that's above the cap is extremely rare. At 23 years old with four years of experience, he's shown a high level of productivity, and we have players that I think compliment the areas in which he needs to improve.

  • OKC Thunder: Draymond Green calls Kevin Durant the league's most underrated trash-talker

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Draymond Green’s team carries the NBA title belt and, individually, he carries a reputation as the league’s best current trash-talker. But when asked his opinion for his biggest challenger for the crown, Green had an interesting answer. Appearing on ESPN radio’s Freddie Coleman Show, Green singled out Thunder superstar forward Kevin Durant. “You know who I always […]

  • OKC Thunder: Presti waiting on Dion Waiters contract talks

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    When asked about Dion Waiters on Monday, Sam Presti didn't have a definitive answer on the former first-rounder's future with the team beyond this season. Waiters, the No. 4 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012, is in the final season of his rookie contract. He's slated to make $5.13 million this year via the Cavs' fourth-year team option, but the Thunder only has until Nov. 2 to extend his contract. Otherwise, Waiters will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2016. "Like everyone that enters this period in their contracts, we're going to have conversations like we always do," Presti said. "I think we need to explore that. Those things generally don't start to happen until

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka experienced summer 'discomfort' in knee, but cleared for camp

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    If the Spurs beat the Pelicans on the season’s final night and the Thunder squeaked into the playoffs, Serge Ibaka was plotting a return. He had a scope on his bothersome right knee six weeks earlier and had been working to get back. In his exit interview the day after OKC was eliminated, he revealed […]

  • Billy Donovan will rely on veteran assistants

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Billy Donovan has a lot of NBA experience on his coaching staff. Maurice Cheeks has been head coach for 620 NBA games. Monty Williams has been head coach for 394 NBA games. So Donovan, making his NBA coaching debut this season with the Thunder, can lean on veterans. And will, says Thunder general manager Sam Presti . During his pre-training camp press conference Wednesday, Presti addressed the coaching staff changes. Presti said Donovan’s coaching hires were “100 percent” Donovan’s decision. Presti said he had no contact with Cheeks in the coaching-search period and Presti said his only role with Williams was placing a call to see if he would be interested in chatting with Donovan.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant fully cleared for preseason camp

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Wednesday that Kevin Durant has been cleared and will be able to fully participate in the team's preseason camp. Kevin Durant is full cleared for camp, per Sam Presti. — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 23, 2015 // Presti said KD's been competing in 5-on-5 lately: "In terms of limitations, he does not have any." — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 23, 2015 At his first press conference of the Thunder season, Presti said that Durant's minutes this season will be something to be determined by new head coach Billy Donovan and the Thunder's

  • Thunder GM Sam Presti's press conference recap

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    Thunder general manager Sam Presti talked to the media in his first preseason press conference Wednesday. Watch the entire press conference and review The Oklahoman's live coverage right here.

  • Remembering the Hornets: Six originals remain in the NBA

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    We’ve done a lot of reminiscing in recent days. The 10-year anniversary of the Hornets’ arrival in town caused us to produce a two-part series on the monumental change in Oklahoma sports. To read Jenni Carlson’s story on the Hornets’ arrival and Darnell Mayberry’s piece on how the Hornets prospered, go here and here. Also, Anthony Slater and I compiled a where-are-they-now list of Hornet players and personalities, which you can read here. Reading over the stories and the names certainly brought back some memories. And here’s what struck me. We got a team coming off an 18-64 season, and yet the team that hit town wasn’t half bad: 38-44 in Year 1, 39-43 in Year 2.

  • NBA: How a two-year relationship with the Hornets showed the country that OKC was indeed a big-league city

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    In just days, the people of Oklahoma transitioned from an incredulous bunch whose laps the NBA had fallen into to a rabid and raucous fan base that would soon be known throughout the league as the best around.

  • The OKC Hornets: Where are they now?

    By ANTHONY SLATER AND BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Chris Paul: He arrived in Oklahoma City a highly touted 20-year-old and backed it up by becoming NBA Rookie of the Year. Now CP3 is a perennial All-Star and future Hall of Famer, currently leading one of the Thunder's biggest rivals, the Clippers. Bob Licht: Hornets' television voice was fired in 2012 and now calls games for Fox Sports, including Big 12 women and men. J.R. Smith: The eccentric shooting guard flashed talent as a rookie in OKC but struggled to earn complete trust from the coaching staff. His career has continued along that enigmatic path. Smith re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason. Jeff Bower: The Hornets' general manager most of their time in Oklahoma City now is the GM of the Detroit

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant teams up with J.J. Watt in new American Family Insurance commercial

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Kevin Durant and J.J. Watt, two of the biggest stars in pro sports, have teamed up with American Family Insurance on a new fan-friendly ad campaign. The theme of the spot is ‘Everyone’s Dream Needs a Champion.’ It follows Durant and Watt around as they surprise fans by showing up to support their everyday endeavors. The […]

  • The hockey executive who helped bring the NBA to OKC

    BY JENNI CARLSON Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    10th Anniversary of the NBA in OKC: The story behind the forces that brought the Hornets to OKC