• OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant pays homage to Allen Iverson on Instagram

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Kevin Durant posted a photo of himself and future NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson on his Instagram Monday . The message? Iverson -- reffered to as "Chuck" in Durant's post (FYI, " Bubba Chuck " is one of Iverson's nicknames) -- changed the game. "Chuck too real. He changed the way we play ball," Durant said. "He changed the culture of ball. He is pound for pound the best. He paved the way. I can go on and on. But he's a legend and I'm just walking the path he created." In a November interview with BallisLife.com , Iverson said that in 20-30 years, everyone will be talking about Durant as one of the all-time greats."

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin recites 'Slam Dunk Poetry' in new commercials

    Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Blake Griffin has made a nice side career out of humorous commercials, from Kia to GameFly. Now, the former OU star is doing poetry on stage in commercials for Vizio, dropping spoken word verses on tearaway pants, mouthguards and bobbleheads.      

  • NBA offseason: Grading the Eastern Conference Player movement

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    With the dust essentially settled, we take a brief team-by-team look at the offseason. Who came out well? Who overspent? How would you grade them?

  • NBA offseason: Grading the Western Conference Player movement

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    With the dust essentially settled, we take a brief team-by-team look at the offseason. Who came out well? Who overspent? How would you grade them?

  • James Harden came *this* close to falling off a bridge in Spain

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Former Thunder sixth man extraordinaire James Harden’s currently in Spain with Team USA as they steamroll international opposition at the FIBA World Cup. But it looks like he very narrowly avoided a potentially serious accident on a Segway scooter. The video below was uploaded to YouTube Tuesday and shows The Beard briefly lose control of […]

  • Serge Ibaka talks about being an inspiration, playing Kevin Durant and reshaping Africa

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Serge Ibaka wants to show African children they, too, can accomplish their dreams. Yahoo Sports! caught up with Ibaka in Spain during the FIBA World Cup to talk about the work he's done to bring basketball to his native Congo, and the pride it brings the Thunder forward. Ibaka,who's playing for Team Spain in the FIBA World Cup, goes on to talk about his calf injury in the postseason, as well as his happiness that Kevin Durant isn't playing for Team USA ("No, no, no. No ... nobody wants to play against Kevin," Ibaka said. "Who wants to play against him? Hell no. Every time he takes a shot, people start crying.") Ibaka also says that "it's too early to talk about Kevin staying or going."

  • OKC Thunder: D-League team releases 2014-15 schedule

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Developmental League affiliate announced its season schedule on Tuesday, and the team will tip off its first season in Oklahoma City against the Maine Red Claws at home on Nov. 14. New for the 2014-15 season, the 18-team D-League will feature two conferences (East, West) broken into division. The Thunder […]

  • Serge Ibaka giving away signed basketball from the FIBA World Cup

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    In case you've been caught up in football fever, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka has been tearing it up for Team Spain in the FIBA World Cup. Ibaka teammed up with Sportlobster to give away three FIBA World Cup basketballs signed by him personally. All you have to do is post #Spain2014 in the Basketball Fanzone on www.sportslobster.com for a chance to win.

  • Thunder ranks 27th in Grantland NBA court design rankings

    Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    Grantland.com NBA writer Zach Lowe took on the task of ranking the NBA's court designs 1-30. The Thunder did not fare well, ranking 27th out of 30 teams. Lowe also says OKC's alternate dark jerseys "fell flat" (not that that has anything to do with court design). From Lowe's piece: "The Thunder would have ranked last had we done this exercise four years ago. Oklahoma City tried to touch every base in building its color scheme, meshing elements of the state flag, the sun, and referents to the local college teams. It’s ended up with a color-logo combination that is evocative of nothing. The blue and orange just feel generic. "The Thunder did well to unclutter the court by using the same blue all the way around, and the white font spelling out the team’s name pops against that blue. It’s a big improvement from 2010-11, when the Thunder featured this tricolored mess of a painted area: "The Thunder’s alternate dark blue jerseys also fell flat. This franchise feels ripe for a total design overhaul. Should we mention how awesome the Sonics’ colors and court design were? We probably shouldn’t, right?" FYI, the Los Angeles Lakers ranked No. 1. See the rest of the list here .

  • Report: NBA nearing massive long-term media deals with ESPN, Turner

    Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    The NBA and its network partners expect to reach an agreement in principle on new long-term media deals by the start of the regular season, according to sources on all sides of the discussions. Talks have progressed so rapidly that details are emerging on a massive agreement that would see the league’s annual rights fee more than double, with ESPN and Turner combining to pay more than $2 billion per year on average. One source said ESPN already has committed to pay “well over” $1 billion per year, and Turner is not far behind for a media rights extension that would kick in with the 2016-17 season.

  • Blake Griffin, Clippers teammates play flag football

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Guess Blake Griffin is feeling fine. More than a month after withdrawing from Team USA to rest up for the NBA season, the former OU All-American participated in a flag football tournament with his Los Angeles Clippers teammates Chris Paul, Matt Barnes, DeAndre Jordan and Glen "Big Baby" Davis. "Just throw it up," Griffin said in the Instagram photo showing the five players at the Athletes vs. Cancer 2nd Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game. The game was presented by Barnes and rap artist Snoop Dogg.

  • Kevin Durant rated 95 in NBA 2K15; three other players rated above 90

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Kevin Durant is the NBA's Most Valuable Player. It looks like he rates among the best in the NBA in the video game world as well. 2K Sports announced that Durant will be 1 of 4 current NBA players with an overall rating above 90, in their new rating system for NBA 2K15. Durant, who graces the cover of the game set to be released Oct. 7, will have an overall rating of 95 and will be joined in the 90s by three other players. One would presume LeBron James will be another player in the 90s, maybe even rated higher than Durant. Who are the other two players? My guess would be Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and  Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why supply and demand may keep Reggie Jackson in OKC

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 7, 2014

    Only four teams currently have a clear need, as well as the necessary salary cap space, to make a run at Reggie Jackson next summer should he become a restricted free agent. Those teams are Dallas, Miami, New York and the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • Kevin Durant signs another deal, this time Orange Leaf

    By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant said Thursday that he has signed a partnership deal with Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt. Durant will own an undisclosed percentage of the company, his first such partnership since he joined the Roc Nation agency founded by Jay-Z last year. Orange Leaf, based in Oklahoma City, has 321 stores in 40 states, four in Australia and 69 under construction. Reese Travis, CEO of Orange Leaf, thought he was on the right track when he chose to pursue Durant as the company’s first brand ambassador. Because of his negotiations with the Oklahoma City star, Travis was invited to attend the MVP award ceremony and once he heard Durant’s acceptance speech, he knew he was doing the right thing. “It

  • Should Steven Adams have played in FIBA World Cup?

    Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    This week, while his national team was doing the Haka dance  prior to getting drilled by Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams was at home in New Zealand, appearing at an Auckland Foot Locker store. This didn't sit well with a columnist for the New Zealand Herald, an Auckland newspaper with a circulation similiar to The Oklahoman. Columnist Chris Rattue objected to the timing of Adams' appearance and the impression it left. "Timing is everything, so it was strange to see our Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Steven Adams holding court in an Auckland sneaker store, when he had turned down the Tall Blacks who are at the World Cup in Spain," Rattue wrote. "I sympathise with Adams' desire to impress his employers early in his NBA career." "Let's face it - the World Cup is not the pinnacle of basketball. But the store outing wasn't a good look when we were told vital training demanded by the Thunder had ruled Adams out of the national side." Read more here

  • Russell Westbrook, Nina Earl announce engagement on Instagram

    Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Russell Westbrook and longtime girlfriend Nina Earl made an announcement on Instagram that they are engaged.

  • OKC Thunder: Meet the man who owns every pair of Kevin Durant's signature 'KD VI' colorways

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Chris McCord of Oklahoma City won a contest for the right to purchase his first pair of KD VIs. That led to a borderline obsession.

  • Steven Adams fires back at Andre Igoudala after derogotory tweet about New Zealand haka dance

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    It's been far too long since we've seen a good Steven Adams tussle. The NBA offseason, sadly, comes with no flying elbows, no overzealous box-outs and no angry retaliations at the uber-aggressive young center. But fear not, Adams is here to provide a bit of an appetizer while we desperately wait another month for preseason hoops. On Tuesday afternoon, the New Zealand national team performed its traditional haka dance before its FIBA game against the United States. Video of it made the national rounds (watch here), with a confused James Harden looking on. After USA's 98-71 romp, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala shot out a playful tweet, jabbing at the dance. It read: "New Zealand

  • Scouts calling Marcus Smart 'next great perimeter defender'

    Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart hasn't even played an NBA game yet for the Boston Celtics, but he's already receving some high praise. Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix said Smart is getting a lot of love from scouts for his defense. Smart struggled at times in the NBA Summer League, but made a good impression with the USA Select Team which helped prepare the U.S. National Team for the FIBA World Cup.

  • Report: Former Edmond Santa Fe star Ekpe Udoh signs 1-year deal with Los Angeles Clippers

    Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    The Los Angeles Clippers have added former Edmond Santa Fe star Ekpe Udoh to their roster to give their front line added depth. Udoh, the sixth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft out of Baylor, has played for the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks during his five-year career, averaging 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Udoh joins fellow Edmond native Blake Griffin on the Clippers roster.