• Top High School Basketball Player Signs $1.2 Million Contract In China Instead Of Going To College

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Forced to wait a year to enter the NBA Draft, No. 1-ranked high school guard Emmanuel Mudiay has decided to play professionally in China instead of going to college, according to Business Insider. Mudiay signed a one-year, $1.2-million contract with the Guangdong Southern Tigers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. He's also insured in case he gets injured. Since the NBA instituted a rule in 2006 that players can only enter the draft if they are one year removed from high school, few top prospects have opted to play professionally overseas.

  • Report: Blake Griffin, James Harden, group of NBA stars could face fines for clinics in Manila

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    A group of NBA players has reportedly been warned by the NBA that it could face fines for participating in clinics that included games of H-O-R-S-E and scrimmages in Manila, Philippines. The group, which included former University of Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin, former Thunder guard James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Liillard, was warned it could face financial fines for participating in the unapproved activities, Yahoo Sports reports. Events were supposed to be scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, but have reportedly been canceled since event organizers didn't gain league approval.

  • Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott only rookies named to USA Select Team

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was one of only two rookies named to the USA Basketball Men's Select Team that will train July 28-31 with the Men's National Team in Las Vegas. Smart and 12 others will work out with and scrimmage against the National Team in its preparation for the FIBA World Cup. Smart, the No. 6 overall pick by the Boston Celtics in the 2014 NBA Draft, and Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott, are the only two rookies on the Select roster. Named to the 2014 USA Basketball Select squad were: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York Knicks); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).

  • Kobe Bryant on Seattle: “I'd much rather come here in the postseason than Oklahoma”

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Kobe Bryant took a shot at Oklahoma City on Sunday. Sort of. At Richard Sherman’s charity softball game in Seattle, Bryant said it was his first time back to the city since the departure of the SuperSonics for Oklahoma City after the 2008 season. “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’d much rather come here in the postseason than Oklahoma,” Bryant said. Bryant and the Lakers have faced the Thunder in the postseason twice — a six-game series win in the opening round in 2010 and a five-game series loss in the 2012 Western Conference Semifinals. Oklahoma City advanced to the NBA Finals in 2012. The Lakers would make the playoffs again in 2013 but were swept by the San Antonio Spurs. Los Angeles

  • Andrei Kirilenko in report: Jason Kidd 'couldn't handle' New York pressure

    Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko had some harsh words for former Nets coach Jason Kidd when he said in a report from a Russian media outlet that Kidd either couldn't handle the pressure in New York or didn't want it. The 41-year-old, 10-time All-Star point guard led Brooklyn to the Eastern Conference semifinals vs. Miami in his first year as head coach. Miami won that series 4-1. Shortly after the end of the season, he left the Nets in rather controversial fashion after he had interviewed for the Bucks' head coaching job even though Larry Drew was already been in the spot. Without reportedly informing his team, Kidd left for Milwaukee, Drew was let go and Brooklyn ended up hiring Lionel Hollins to replace Kidd. The 33-year-old Kirilenko, an All-Star in 2004, said of New York that "the pressure is huge" and perhaps Kidd simply couldn't deal with it, according to the report.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Josh Huestis might become the NBA's first domestic 'draft-and-stash' player

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    When OKC signs the 29th overall pick, it may usher in a new wave throughout the NBA with how the D-League is used for team-building purposes.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Small uniform change sparks debate among fans

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer, cstavenhagen@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Six years after the Seattle SuperSonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder, hard feelings between the two fan bases aren't the only issue that lives on. So do decisions regarding exactly how far the Thunder organization should distance itself from Seattle history.

  • Report: Former OSU guard Marcus Smart Invited to USA Select Team

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Boston Celtics rookie and former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart has reportedly been invited to the USA Select basketball team. The USA Select team will compete against Kevin Durant and the U.S. national team in scrimmages and drills as the national team prepares for the FIBA World Cup in Spain Aug. 30-Sept. 14.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder's D-League franchise moving to OKC from Tulsa

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Thunder is in talks with the city to have the 66ers play in the Cox Center next season

  • Report: Former Putnam City star Xavier Henry reaches 1-year deal with Los Angeles Lakers

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Former Putnam City High School star Xavier Henry has agreed to a 1-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Henry, 23, is returning to Los Angeles, where he averaged 10 points in 43 games last season before a torn ligament in his wrist hampered his season in April. Henry, who was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies out of Kansas in 2010, signed with the Lakers in 2013 as a free agent. He also played two seasons for the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • Transgender sibling of NBA player found slain

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    A transgender woman whose brother is an National Basketball Association player has been found slain in a Baltimore alley, police said on Thursday. Reuters reports the body of Mia Henderson, 26, who was born as Kevin Long, was found shortly before 6 a.m. on Wednesday, the victim of "severe trauma," police spokesman Lieutenant Eric Kowalczyk said. Henderson's brother, Reggie Bullock, was a first-round draft pick last year for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Bullock played in 43 games for the Clippers during the regular season and averaged 2.7 points.

  • Thunder-Sonics title tag: Designer says it won't happen; Thunder quiet; your votes

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    On Wednesday, there was a healthy discussion about whether or not the Thunder should recognize the Seattle SuperSonics’ 1979 title on its jersey for the 2014-15 season should the league’s proposed “gold mark” idea go through. The response fell somewhere between “rabidly opposed” to a simple “no.” And that was on both sides of the […]

  • Report: Cavaliers open to trading Andrew Wiggins, opens door for Kevin Love to Cleveland

    Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Andrew Wiggins could be playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves next year. The No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft has reportedly been made available by the Cleveland Cavaliers in potential trades to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. The debate has raged on whether or not the Cavaliers should part with Wiggins, but Love had reportedly made it known that he'd accept a trade to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland, and resign with the Cavs in free agency next summer.

  • Russell Westbrook: Oklahoma City Thunder star collaborates with Barneys on new fashion line

    By Mesfin Fekadu, AP Entertainment Writer | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    WESTBROOK-XO-BARNEYS NEW YORK — Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has gone from making news for his post-game podium fashion to launching his own line in stores and online Thursday.

  • OKC: Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook win ESPYs

    By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer, AP Sports Writer | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant of the Thunder won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and teammate Russell Westbrook also was honored at the ESPN award show honoring the year’s best performances Wednesday night. Durant also won best NBA player, ending LeBron James’ two-year reign in both categories. “Everybody helped me out along the way,” the Thunder star said. “My beautiful mom watching at home who couldn’t be here. My favorite teammate, Russell Westbrook.” Durant beat out fellow male athlete nominees Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos and boxer Floyd Mayweather.

  • OKC Thunder: Meet Greek big man Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a short-tempered Baby Shaq

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    In the past, the draft-and-stash method has been good to the Thunder, with Serge Ibaka coming over from Spain in 2009 and transforming into one of the franchise’s long-term cornerstones. And it’s something that’ll likely benefit OKC in the future, with both Tibor Pleiss and Alex Abrines expected to one day make an NBA jump. But that doesn’t […]

  • VOTE: Should the Thunder recognize the Seattle SuperSonics' NBA championship on its jersey?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The NBA is tweaking it jerseys next season to reflect titles won in a franchise’s history. A gold tag on the center of the collar on the back of each jersey will represent a title-winning team. If a franchise has won multiple titles, it’s indicated on the tag (ex. the Detroit Pistons have three titles […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Thunder's offseason moves?

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 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 - 07/08 - Mitch McGary had a couple decent showings in the summer league. Is Darnell Mayberry already writing his Hall of Fame speech? Yes. Yes, he is.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder announces signing of Anthony Morrow

    anthony slater | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Some much-needed sharpshooting has officially arrived in Oklahoma City. The Thunder finally announced the expected signing of Anthony Morrow on Wednesday afternoon, a deal that is worth $10 million over three years, with the final season nonguaranteed. Morrow is a career 43 percent 3-point shooter who shot 45 percent from deep last season in New […]

  • OKC Thunder works sign-and-trade deal to send Thabo Sefolosha to Atlanta

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    The Thunder turned Sefolosha’s departure into an asset, acquiring a a trade exception of slightly more than $4 million from the Hawks.