• Billy Donovan on possible return to UF: 'I know I have a history, of that, but 'no''

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    In a classy move, new Thunder coach Billy Donovan returned to Gainesville, Fla., for a farewell press conference with the Florida media. Last week, Donovan said “they deserve the chance to ask me questions,” referring to the media that covered him in his 19 seasons at UF. His final question of the presser was about […]

  • Russell Westbrook finishes fourth in NBA MVP voting

    Erik Horne | Updated: 50 min ago

    Despite missing 15 regular season games, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was still one of the top finishers in the NBA’s Most Valuable Player voting for 2014-15. Westbrook finished fourth behind a slew of the best players in the game. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry beat Houston Rockets (and former Thunder) guard James Harden for […]

  • Gregg Popovich wants NBA playoff procedure changed

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Spurs-Clippers first-round series, which seemed more like a Western Conference final, prompted both coaches to bash the NBA’s playoff procedures. And to the credit of Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers, both made the declaration before their Game 7 death match Saturday night. Popovich on Saturday, before the game, said division winners should not be […]

  • WATCH: Billy Donovan's Florida farewell press conference

    staff reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Billy Donovan goes back to Gainesville to talk to the media after being hired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Watch the press conference here.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Join Thunder writer Anthony Slater for some Thunder talk, a deeper dive into the Billy Donovan hire and more on the NBA Playoffs on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Billy Donovan’s Thunder Road was paved with an unanswered prayer, a promise to Pitino, and one crazy cover idea

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Son of a Boston College star. Hero of a Final Four run and still a magical name at Providence University. Coaching icon at an SEC school other than Kentucky. Now Kevin Durant’s and Russell Westbrook’s NBA coach.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A peek inside the offensive mind of Billy Donovan

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Most notably, Presti said he sought a coach that had “great tactical competence.”

  • Jack Ramsay's advice for college coaches jumping to the NBA

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Jack Ramsay is one of the few success stories among college coaches who jumped to the NBA. Ramsay, who died a year ago at age 89, spent 11 years coaching Saint Joseph’s, then resigned in 1966 due to medical reasons. He went across town and became general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. One season later, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan answers the first of likely many questions about Kevin Durant's looming free agency

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Aboutt 20 minutes into his first press conference as head coach of the Thunder, he was already peppered with the question that’ll soon define and engulf the next 15 months of his career. How do you deal with Kevin Durant’s impending free agency?

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan's words inspire confidence

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    On several occasions in his near 40-minute introduction to the local media Friday afternoon, Donovan tackled each and every question posed to him about the challenge he faces in jumping from college to the pros. And with each answer, Donovan was confident and candid, thoughtful and thorough.

  • Leadership, substance are accents that make Billy Donovan a fine hire

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Our first up-close introduction to Donovan was impressive. He was personable, sharp, confident, curious. No hint of an ego.

  • Thunder introduce new coach Billy Donovan

    By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    The 49-year-old coach said it had to “take something very, very special” to make him leave a program he led to two national championships, four Final Fours and seven Elite Eights in 19 seasons.

  • Billy Donovan has already embraced Oklahoma City community

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan came to Oklahoma City to scout recruits at an AAU tournament in April 1995. What he remembers from that trip, though, has nothing to do with basketball. “It was about a week after the bombing,” Donovan said. “And I was driving in towards downtown. I couldn’t believe driving, seeing all the windows and the buildings and the destruction.” As he talked Friday during his formal introduction as the Thunder’s new head coach, he paused every now and again. You could almost see him reliving the sights — and the emotions — of that drive. “You could see that the city was paralyzed.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Billy Donovan will have farewell press conference in Florida

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Donovan is flying back to Gainesville for a few days to tie up some loose ends and hold a farewell press conference, likely to take place on Monday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan's credentials could not be overlooked

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    In his 19 seasons at the University of Florida, Donovan led the Gators to seven Elite Eights, four Final Fours and two national championships.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan heading back to Florida for farewell press conference

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Brace yourselves, Thunder fans — Billy Donovan is heading back to Florida. But only for a couple days. The new Thunder coach — who was once the Orlando Magic coach for a day before bolting back to Gainesville — showed up in Oklahoma City to much fanfare on Friday afternoon. He met the press at an […]

  • Billy Donovan's key to making the college-to-NBA coaching transition

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    BILLY DONOVAN -- The Oklahoma City Thunder's new coach tells The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel what he believes is a key to making the transition from coaching the University of Florida to the NBA.

  • NBA's Carmelo Anthony marches in Baltimore

    Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    In the caption of the Instagram post, the  New York Knicks  All-Star forward — who was born in Brooklyn, but raised in West Baltimore — extended sympathies to the family of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died on April 19, one week after sustaining a "significant spinal injury" while in the custody of Baltimore police after being apprehended on the morning of April 12  for reasons that remain unclear , Yahoo Sports reports.  He expressed frustration at how peaceful protests of the lack of answers from police as to how Gray sustained his spinal injury while in police custody boiled over into violence, looting and riots following Gray's funeral on Monday. He called for justice, for answers, for peace and for an end to the destruction of a community that had already suffered so much. On Thursday, 'Melo decided to send a different message by marching with protesters.

  • David Thorpe says Billy Donovan is going to be a lot like Scott Brooks

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Lots of opinions about the Thunder hire of Billy Donovan. But my favorite NBA analyst is David Thorpe, a former coach who now works with players individually — he’s worked with Serge Ibaka — and is a regular contributor to truehoop blog. Thorpe talked about Donovan in an interview with Henry Abott, which you can […]

  • VIDEO: Billy Donovan's introductory Thunder press conference

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan was introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Watch the entire press conference here and review The Oklahoman's live coverage.




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