• Report: Kevin Durant to practice with Team USA this week

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    It looks like Kevin Durant will be back on the court with Team USA this week. USA Today's Sam Amick reports that Durant's agent, Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation Sports, and his manager, Charlie Bell, said Durant plans to practice Tuesday and Wednesday at USA minicamp in Las Vegas. Durant is not expected to participate in the Blue vs. White scrimmage on Thursday, however, says Amick. Last week, Durant, along with teammate Russell Westbrook, was listed on the initial 34-man roster for the USA Men's Basketball minicamp. Initial reports said  Durant would attend the camp but not participate in on-court activities, since he was still recovering from foot surgery he underwent in March .

  • NBA player scores 91 in charity game

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Exhibition games, pick-up games and charity events often aren’t the best place for big men to show their skills. It’s a setting best suited for guards that get to dominate the ball, chuck three-pointers, and attempt to cross defenders over. There’s not a lot of mindful entry passing, let’s just say, Yahoo Sports reports. Unless DeMarcus Cousins is involved, apparently.

  • Kevin Durant 1-on-1: Thunder star explains why he swats campers' shots, growth of the KD Basketball ProCamp

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    KD CAMP -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry sat down with Kevin Durant to talk about the Thunder star's involvement with the KD ProCamp, and why he has a no-mercy approach to 1-on-1 with campers.

  • Jeff Van Gundy vouches for the job Scott Brooks did in Oklahoma City

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    I wrote about Thunder coach Billy Donovan’s playing days in Sunday’s editions of The Oklahoman. It was part two of our five-part series looking at Donovan from his childhood through his illustrious career at Florida. You can read part one, written by Anthony Slater, here. Part two is here, along with a sidebar on Donovan’s […]

  • A boy and a dream: How Billy Donovan's childhood goal turned him into a legendary ballplayer

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Billy Donovan dreamed of playing big-time college basketball. But this was no ordinary dream. This was more like a life mission. And Donovan’s goal, even as a teenager, was explicit. He wanted to play in the Big East. Back then, everything about the newly-formed conference fascinated him. The coaches. The star players. The level of competition. The proximity of each program to his home. There was just one problem. Not even St. John’s, located 25 minutes from his hometown and whose former coach, Brian Mahoney, was Donovan’s neighbor recruited him. Donovan needed a plan B. His father pushed for him to consider any of the New England Division II schools that offered full rides.

  • Looking back on Billy Donovan's brief NBA career

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    On June 22, 1987, Billy Donovan was selected by Utah in the third round of the NBA Draft. But an unfavorable numbers game in Utah led Donovan to doubt he had a chance to see opening night. The Jazz already had 12 guaranteed contracts, and Donovan knew that in order to make the team someone else would need to be moved. At least one person thought that could happen. It was Jeff Van Gundy, a graduate assistant during Donovan’s senior year at Providence. Van Gundy started chirping, gassing Donovan up about his chances as he helped prepare him for training camp. “Jeff’s like, ‘Listen, man. I’m telling you. You’ve got a chance to make this team,’” Donovan remembered.

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on USA Men's National Team Minicamp roster

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are among the 34 players on the roster for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp, which was announced on Thursday. The minicamp will take place Aug. 11-13 in Las Vegas. Durant, who is still recovering from a foot surgery he underwent in March, will reportedly not participate in on-court drills. Both Durant and Westbrook were among several players who withdrew from USA Basketball before the FIBA World Cup last summer. The OKC star is still recovering from the foot surgery that ended his season, but he clearly wants to be part of program for '16 Olympics.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant is swatting kids at his basketball camp again

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant is notoriously merciless when it comes to playing against kids at his camps. His harsh shot rejections are the stuff of legend. He was back at it Thursday morning at his KD ProCamp. @royceyoung Kevin Durants snapchat is hilarious. He's picking on kids at his camp this morning lol pic.twitter.com/MjOMALkCXo — Kyle Boone (@k_boonie) August 6, 2015 There's another day of camp tomorrow, which means more swats for the kids.

  • VIDEO: Markel Brown, fitness guru, shows off his Brooklyn Nets routine

    Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown showed some flashes as a rookie for the Brooklyn Nets in 2014-15, and the team apparently trusts him enough to make him a part of its new "Workout Wednesday" online series. Brown shows off "renegade rows" in this video from the Nets.

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin teasing Space Jam 2 in new Jordan commercial?

    Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Add Blake Griffin to the "Space Jam 2" hype. Rumors have been swirling about LeBron James being at the center of a sequel to the hit mid-90s Michael Jordan movie. But what other NBA players could potentially join him? In the Jordan Brand video entitled "The Dunk to End All Dunks," Griffin take on Warner Bros. cartoon character Marvin the Martian in an over-the-top dunk contest. The video is to promote the new Jordan SuperFly 4 ... and possibly Griffin's inclusion in the next film. We'll see. For now, enjoy another solid commercial from the former OU All-American.

  • Will the Thunder hire a female coach?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Becky Hammon coached the Spurs’ summer league team to the championship in Las Vegas, and within a few days she wasn’t the NBA’s only female assistant coach. The Kings hired Nancy Lieberman to be part of George Karl’s staff in Sacramento. The Saturday Oklahoman had a long interview with Lieberman, which you can read here, and the Sunday Oklahoman had a collected wisdom with Hammon, which you can read here. I don’t know if the NBA’s sudden surge in hiring females will become a trend. But I don’t think the hirings of Hammon and Lieberman are tokenisms. First off, is Gregg Popovich into token decisions? Of course not. The Kings, of course, are a total mess.

  • Report: Semaj Christon signs with Italy's Victoria Libertas Pesaro

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City Blue guard Semaj Christon is headed overseas. Christon, 22, has signed a deal with Victoria Libertas Pesaro of Italy . Christon, who was drafted by the Thunder in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, led the Blue with 18.6 points (17th in NBA D-League) and 5.7 assists (eighth) per game last season. In NBA Summer League play, Christon led the Thunder with 15.6 points and 6.8 assists per game. Christon hit the game-winning basket for the Thunder in a 76-74 win over Charlotte in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Last week, the Thunder signed 2014 first-round pick Josh Huestis to a four-year deal . More from NewsOK : Semaj Christon turning heads in the Orlando Pro Summer League, looking to take the next step in his career

  • Report: Adidas offers James Harden $200 million contract

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    First it was Kevin Durant getting the big push from Under Armour. Now it's James Harden's turn. Harden has reportedly received a bid from Adidas worth $200 million over 13 years. Nike, whose deal with Harden has expired, has until the end of next week to match the deal. The former Thunder guard finished second in the NBA Most Valuable Player voting and earned first-team All-NBA honors. Nike was under similar circumstances with Durant in 2014 when Under Armour made a hard push to sign Durant after his Nike contract expired. Nike eventually re-signed Durant through 2024 for between $265-285 million.

  • Kevin Durant among Tiger Beat magazine investors

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Kevin Durant's ever expanding financial portfolio has now added a magazine. According to the New York Times, Durant is one of 17 investors who raised $2 million to buy Tiger Beat - a popular magazine which chronicles the lives of young pop culture stars and actors through photographs. Tiger Beat is reportedly looking to revamp its website in addition to plans for a music tour and radio channel. Included in the list of investors with Durant are television host/comedian Nick Cannon, New York Giants executive vice president/film producer Steve Tisch, and The Daily Mail. Durant's investments and endorsements are clearly paying off. The 26-year-old was one of the highest paid athletes in the world last year , raking in $54.1 million in endorsements and salary. More from NewsOK: Big time free agents aren't afraid to go small-market thanks to KD and Russ

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Billy Donovan talks Long Island upbringing, playing days

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    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 the Thunder. 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 […]

  • New OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environments

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Before there was Billy Donovan the iconic coach or Billy The Kid bombing 3s at Providence College there was Billy the kid, a Long Island youth addicted to basketball.

  • The Collected Wisdom of Becky Hammon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    BECKY HAMMON  San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Age: 38 Residence: San Antonio Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Hammon grew up in Rapid City, S.D., the youngest of Martin and Bev Hammon's three children. Following a stellar high school basketball career at Stevens High School, she earned All-American honors at Colorado State in the late 1990s, she was also voted Colorado Sportswoman of the Year. Undrafted as an WNBA rookie and plagued by several knee injuries throughout her professional playing career, Hammon was a six-time WNBA All-Star – twice finishing first-team All-WNBA. Coincidentally, during her rehabilitation from a 2013 knee injury Hammon attended San Antonio Spurs practices and meetings.

  • OKC Thunder: Get ready to get to know Billy the Kid

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Billy Donovan has been the coach in Oklahoma City since April. It’s already been three full months, and with nary a game during that stretch, we’ve had a chance to get to know Donovan.

  • Nancy Lieberman calls becoming Kings assistant a 'Crazy, wonderful day'

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman is going the second full-time female assistant in NBA history, and she called Thursday's hype around her hiring a "crazy, wonderful day." Lieberman sent those words in late-night text to USA Today Sports, describing the news around her impending hire by the Sacramento Kings . Though the hire hasn't been made official by Sacramento, Lieberman, who has been an analyst for Fox Sports Oklahoma's Thunder Live pregame and postgame shows since 2012, said she was honored to be a Sacramento King .

  • OKC Thunder signs 'domestic draft-and-stash' pick Josh Huestis

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Josh Huestis’ journey to the NBA is finally over. The Thunder signed the 2014 first-round draft pick on Thursday, fulfilling its end of a unique commitment the two sides made to each other before last year’s draft. Huestis, the 29th overall pick out of Stanford, raised eyebrows throughout the league when agreed to delay his NBA arrival and spend all of last season competing with the Thunder-owned Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League. It was the first time that a first-round selection agreed to such an arrangement with a team. For Huestis, the deal allowed him to be selected higher than he was projected to be taken and secure a long-term commitment from a franchise.