• OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan gives Florida softball team pep talk before WCWS

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Every year in late May, the college softball world descends upon Oklahoma City with the eight best teams battling it out for the Women’s College World Series. Often, Florida, a national softball power and the defending champs, is included among that group. The Gators are here again this year. And with Thunder coach Billy Donovan, […]

  • Tramel: Why Gregg Popovich is a basketball coach, not a pilot

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    I received an email this week from Wayne Baughman, the wrestling icon who was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Baughman went to John Marshall High School, then was an NCAA individual champion at OU and a member of two NCAA title teams for the Sooners. Baughman is the only wrestler […]

  • From Adams to Westbrook: All of The Oklahoman's Thunder player season reviews in one spot

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel went in-depth following the Thunder season, touching on everything from report cards to roundtable discussions. Below is the list of Thunder season reviews for each player, including video analysis from Slater on each. Wednesday, May 13: Serge Ibaka  Thursday, May 14: Andre RobersonFriday, May […]

  • VIDEO: Justin Bieber shoots at Kevin Durant with a Nerf gun

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    What is Kevin Durant up to? Oh nothing, just hanging out with Justin Bieber in California. According to this YouTube video, Bieber was in California with Durant last week when he popped him with a Nerf gun. Seems like Durant is enjoying his offseason. Bieber could have at least hooked Durant up with a weapon of his own. Sort of an unfair fight, especially since Durant probably can't get around very well at the moment. At least Durant and Bieber got some shopping done , too.

  • VIDEO: Kendrick Perkins in hot tub celebration with LeBron James, JR Smith after sweep of Hawks

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Hey, check out this photo. That “old” guy in the background with the towel over his shoulders. Remember him? Why, that’s no other than former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, who is going back to the NBA Finals for the fourth time in his career after the Cavs swept the Atlanta Hawks 4-0 in the Eastern […]

  • Celebrate! The Eastern Conference Finals are over

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Eastern Conference Finals are over. Let us all give thanks. Not for what we had. Our long national nightmare is over. The short-handed Cavaliers mercifully swept the top-seeded but outmanned Hawks, finishing off Atlanta 118-88 Tuesday night in a game I can’t tell you a lot about. I turned it off after three quarters. […]

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary's rookie season by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Mitch McGary didn’t get a chance to get too comfortable in his rookie season. But he showed flashes of the potential that has made the Thunder think so highly of him.

  • OKC Thunder: Discussing Mitch McGary's rookie season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Three writers discuss three questions. Today’s subject: Mitch McGary.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading Mitch McGary's rookie season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Mitch McGary’s rookie season was cut short by the injury bug. But when he got on the floor and played significant minutes, more often than not he was a force that teams had to account for. It resulted in an encouraging rookie campaign.

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary's rookie season raises excitement about his potential

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The bruising power forward out of Michigan established himself as a fan favorite for his energy and passion and showed he could soon be a double-double machine.

  • OKC Thunder: What they're saying about Mitch McGary

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    What they’re saying about Mitch McGary. Michigan coach John Beilein — “His motor is what stands out to me and just about everybody else. That is one thing that is extremely important for him going forward…And when he’s in great shape, he can play all day long.” Utah guard Trey Burke — “He’s definitely a hard worker, first and foremost. With his ability to move without the ball and set screens and catch and shoot the little 7-foot, 8-foot jump shot that he can hit, I think he brings a lot of versatility.” Thunder forward Nick Collison — “He wants to listen. He wants to get better. Everybody loves him. He’s got great energy. He’s a guy you want to have on your team.

  • NBA Playoffs: Officials waffling on flagrant foul calls

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Rule assessment on Dwight Howard makes no sense after what we saw Sunday night and what we saw in the Thunder-Grizzlies series last spring.

  • Best ever? Kendrick Perkins says LeBron James needs 'a couple more titles and that's it'

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Is LeBron James close to being the best ever, dethroning Michael Jordan? His teammates believe so. Northeast Ohio Media Group's Chris Haynes wrote that some of James' Cleveland Cavaliers teammates are among the believers that King James is nearing Jordan's long untouchable status. One of those who's sold on James as heir to Jordan is former Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins. "The only thing that he's missing is a couple more championships and then it's a wrap," Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Right now we have arguably the best player to ever play the game. I'm just saying man. I'm not taking anything away from Jordan, but all (James is) missing is titles. A couple of more titles and that's it." James already has two titles under his belt from his four seasons with the Miami Heat. Jordan retired with six championships in six trips to the NBA Finals with the Chicago Bulls. Oh, and there are those six NBA Most Valuable Player awards in Jordan's trophy case, too. It's a lot to live up to for James, but Perkins says the four-time MVP is capable. "Just think about it, truthfully, if he wanted to, he could win the MVP every year," Perkins said. "Think about that. He averaged 25 [points], 6 [rebounds] and 7 [assists]. That's absurd, and people are like 'he had a down year.' That's crazy talk. When it's all said and done, he'll probably be the best the game has seen."

  • Tramel: Can Jeremy Lamb become the next J.J. Redick?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb is a puzzling ballplayer. He’s skilled, he’s athletic. He can dribble reasonably well and shoot really well at times and jump through the gym and he rebounds exceptionally well. But Lamb just doesn’t get to play much for the Thunder, as we documented in the Tuesday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Maybe […]

  • Thunder coach Billy Donovan thanks Florida fans, community in full-page ad

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Class move from new Thunder coach Billy Donovan. Donovan, the former University of Florida coach, took out a big full-page ad in the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun this weekend, thanking the fans, UF’s administration and community for their support during his 19 years on the job with the Gators. Donovan was introduced as Thunder coach earlier […]

  • Houston Rockets Fans Play The Worst Game Of Tic-Tac-Toe Ever

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    During a promotional event at the Houston Rockets' NBA playoff game Monday night, two men entered the arena to battle in the ancient ways of tic-tac-toe. For every lay-up they hit, the competitors would lay down their respective Xs or Os on the giant tic-tac-toe board at center court, The Huffington Post reports. The onslaught was extreme, the thirst for blood unquenchable, and the carnage gut-wrenching to witness ... but mostly it became sort of sad, as the crowd watched two Houston Rockets fans just completely forget how to play a game of tic-tac-toe.

  • Kobe Bryant Signs With WME

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    With the next NBA season widely considered to be his last, Kobe Bryant has quietly signed with WME, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. Although his marketing contracts will continue to be handled by his Landmark Sports agent Rob Pelinka, WME will represent the 14-time All-Star in film, TV, books and digital, similar to what it does for its other superstar athlete clients, including LeBron James, whoseburgeoning Hollywood portfolio includes executive producing the Starz comedy Survivor’s Remorse, developing the Esquire docuseriesWinner’s Circle and an untitled NBC game show and playing himself in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. For his part, Bryant recently executive produced his first project, the documentary Kobe Bryant’s Muse, which aired on Showtime on Feb. 28.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb wants a fair, honest-to-goodness chance

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    After three largely fruitless NBA seasons in Oklahoma City, he doesn’t seem to care where he might have to go to get it.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about Jeremy Lamb

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    After an encouraging second season, Jeremy Lamb reverted to a bench role for most of his third season. What happens next in his career is up to him. But most say he’s got the talent and work ethic to be a good player.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb by the numbers

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb didn’t get much of a chance in his third season with the Thunder. The team’s injury-ravaged roster was dependent on him in the first two months. But it was downhill from there.