• 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.

  • #myKDs: Tell us why you wear Kevin Durant's signature shoe

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Kevin Durant is staying with Nike. So he gets to keep the coolest line of shoes in the game outside of Air Jordans. It’s a matter of personal opinion, but I think the KD series — particularly the KD VI’s — are some of the best looking shoes ever produced. Couple that with the unique […]

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson talks about contract extension negotiations

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    Thunder guard is in China with NBA Nation, the league’s largest touring event for fans. He says the Thunder is wildly popular in China.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka dunks five times in Spain's rout of Egypt

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

      Serge Ibaka missed Spain’s FIBA opener on Saturday with what the team called a sore right hamstring. But much like his calf in the NBA’s postseason, upon return, it didn’t seem to be bothering Ibaka much. The Thunder’s emerging star played and starred in Spain’s 91-54 rout of Egypt on Sunday, dropping in a team-high […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's rising popularity and extreme marketability made his sky-high price tag worth it for Nike

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Updated: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Under Armour made a strong push, offering up a deal reportedly in the $265 million to $285 million range, plus incentives, over 10 years. But on Sunday morning, ESPN reported that Nike decided to match it. Durant is now under control through the start of the 2024 season.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

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  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary discusses his marijuana suspension with Vice Sports

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in June, Thunder beat reporter Darnell Mayberry said in his profile of Mitch McGary that the newly drafted big man didn’t fit the prototype of the usual Sam Presti draft pick, in part because McGary was suspended by the NCAA for a year after testing positive for marijuana. Well Vice Sports today published a […]

  • Kevin Durant shows you what's inside his fridge

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    As a part of Sports Illustrated's Fridge Raider series, Thunder forward Kevin Durant opened up his refrigerator to show off what he keeps on chill. Most of what Durant consumes is fish and veggies for protein (as well as STRONG & KIND bars), and natural foods like oatmeal, fruit and a lot of water. But the Thunder star does have a sweet tooth, particularly for Twizzlers, honey buns and Oreos.

  • Kevin Durant-Under Armour-Nike: The latest in the KD shoe saga

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Kevin Durant is a free agent and he has a decision to make. Not about where he's going to play (that's not until 2016). Under Armour and Nike are currently in a tug-of-war for Durant's services. Reports surfaced last week that Roc Nation, which represents Durant, informed Nike that it had an offer on the table from Under Armour worth between $265-285 million over 10 years. Nike has the right to match any offer, but Durant can still choose Nike even if its offer comes in lower than Under Armour's. Numerous reports cited Wednesday as the deadline day for Nike to make a decision. Well, Wednesday came and people started talking. Durant's gone off to Under Armour for 10 years, $325 million. Under Armour has signed Durant for 10 years, $285 million. Nothing has been confirmed. Nothing has been announced. ESPN's Darren Rovell says Nike still has time to match Under Armour. Stay tuned.

  • Report: Clippers to pay Doc Rivers $10M per year

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract extension through the end of the 2018-19 season, with multiple reports saying he will be paid in excess of $10 million annually. Rivers has two years remaining on the three-year, $21 million deal he signed with the Clippers last year after coming from the Boston Celtics.

  • Kobe Bryant Thinks LeBron James Is Worth $75 Million, Defends His Monster Contract

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Last December, Kobe Bryant went down with a season-ending injury shortly after signing a $48-million contract extension that will make him the highest-paid NBA player until 2016, according to Business Insider. Some criticized Kobe for not taking a larger pay cut at a point in his career when his skills are diminishing. In an SI cover story by Chris Ballard, one anonymous GM said Kobe had "zero" trade value because of his salary.

  • OKC Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia for a $1.25 million trade exception

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The lightly-productive but always entertaining Hasheem Thabeet era in Oklahoma City has come to an end. On Tuesday afternoon, the Thunder traded its third-string center to Philadelphia for a $1.3 million trade exception. OKC also received a second-round pick in the deal, but it is heavily protected -- a phantom pick -- and will likely never make its way into OKC's hands. With Steven Adams' emergence last season and the first round selection of Mitch McGary in this past June's draft, Thabeet became expendable. Behind incumbent starter Kendrick Perkins and Adams, Scott Brooks has become increasingly more comfortable going small, meaning Nick Collison, McGary and even Serge Ibaka can play center at times.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka with a monster block, alley-oop sequence in Spanish win over Argentina

    anthony slater | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    With Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant withdrawing from Team USA, the upcoming FIBA World Cup became a lot less interesting in Oklahoma City. But there is still one nation with some Thunder ties. Serge Ibaka plays for Team Spain, the host nation loaded with high-level NBA talent. On Monday, in a 33-point tune-up win over […]

  • Kevin Durant Reveals His Go-To Pump-Up Song For the Past 4 Years

    Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    In a recent press conference, Kevin Durant described his absolute favorite song of all time, which sets his pre-game mentality. "It just makes me feel...right," he said with a starry look in his eyes. Stack.com reports Durant went on to call Clipse's "I'm Good" his "theme song," which ideally would be played when he first walks into the arena.