• Report: Thunder inquire about Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler

    Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    In its "Open Floor" blog on SI.com, Sports Illustrated reports that the Oklahoma City Thunder have inquired about the availability of Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler. Chandler, 27, is averaging 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. The seven-year NBA veteran is making $6.75 million this season, the fourth year of a five-year deal with the Nuggets. Chandler (6-foot-8, 225 pounds) would be a veteran presence for the Thunder, who have won six of seven games and are currently  2.5 games out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The big question is what would the Thunder have to give up to get a guy like Chandler?

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook takes control as Thunder starts to roll

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Russell Westbrook was a one-man wrecking crew against Cleveland on Thursday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, dominating the Cavs by putting points on the scoreboard.

  • LeBron James out against the Thunder

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt announced that LeBron James would not play against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night. James, who was battling left knee soreness, was listed as a game-time decision earlier in the day at Cavs shootaround. Blatt on possible fan disappointment w/ no LeBron: “It’s no desire on our part to disappoint […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Cavaliers

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Kyrie vs. Russell. Love vs. Ibaka. But no LeBron James. The Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Kobe Bryant calls his teammates 'soft like Charmin' in practice

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    The Los Angeles Lakers are 6-16. There have been better times in L.A., especially for five-time champion Kobe Bryant. According to The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan, Bryant voiced his displeasure with the team’s effort today to general manager Mitch Kupchak. Kobe extremely unhappy on the practice court. “Now I see why we’ve lost so […]

  • Has Kevin Durant surpassed LeBron James as the NBA's best player?

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Kevin Durant entered the season claiming that the title of best player in the world is now a conversation. From USA TODAY… I feel as though I’m always consistent with what I do. I put in the work. And being the best player (in the NBA) is (now) a conversation. If you go out today […]

  • Grant Hill discusses challenges facing Kevin Durant in injury and recovery

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Kevin Durant is four games into his return from a seven-week absence caused by a cracked bone in his foot, and while he has shown no signs of setbacks the risk of further injury has been a common question each step of the way. Durant even admitted following Wednesday’s practice that he had concerns in […]

  • LeBron James a game-time decision for Thunder-Cavs

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is a game-time decision for tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater says that James was scheduled to talk at Cavs shootaround this morning, but was getting treatment. James is experiencing soreness in his left knee. The Cavaliers come to Oklahoma City on an eight-game winning streak, while the Thunder has won five of its last six.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook holds Jordan event at Penn Square Mall, gives back to Boys & Girls Club

    BY ANTHONY SLATER, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    When Russell Westbrook and the Jordan Brand executives were mapping out the unveiling of Westbrook’s new commercial, the Thunder star insisted it take place in Oklahoma City in front of the “best fans in the world,” as Westbrook calls them. On Wednesday, he made that happen, appearing at a special event at Penn Square Mall in North OKC to show off his new “Ready to Fly” campaign. “It was real fun,” Westbrook said of the commercial, which received rave reviews. “I’m happy with the way it came out. Jordan team did a great job coming up with the idea. It was fun.” In the spot, Westbrook does a solid job playing a hard-nosed trainer. It’s the second piece of acting he’s had in the past month, after

  • NBA trade market: Will the Thunder, West contenders make a move?

    Jon Hamm | Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    The NBA trade market will begin to loosen up starting on Dec. 15. Will the Thunder's Western Conference foes stand pat or make aggressive moves? Here's a look.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: ESPN's Brian Windhorst talks LeBron-Durant and Cavs-Thunder

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    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 OKC's only professional team. 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 Buddies - 12/10 (<–Click here) - With LeBron James and the Cavaliers invading Oklahoma City on Thursday, we are joined by ESPN national writer Brian Windhorst to discuss the intriguing matchup, his long history with LeBron and his altered outlook on the Thunder's season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Back from frustrating injury, Perry Jones provides Thunder a unique look

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Two nights after dropping a career-high 32 points on the Clippers, Perry Jones hit the 20-point plateau with a late-game dagger 3-pointer to clinch a big home win over the Nuggets.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Kevin Durant's style means his game is coming back more slowly than Russell Westbrook's

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Peake didn’t sizzle with excitement upon Kevin Durant’s first home game of the season. It was almost as if the crowd realizes that Durant’s return will come in stages. Nothing like Russell Westbrook’s triumphant return 11 days prior against the Knickerbockers, when he looked the same as always. Westbrook can do that to a crowd. His game is combustible whether he’s on a 400-game streak or just coming off the injured list.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC beats Bucks for third straight victory

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    After overcoming a slow start, the Thunder won its third straight to bump its record to 8-13 and take another pivotal step on its captivating climb out of a 3-12 hole and toward a playoff spot.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant supportive of 'I Can't Breathe' protest T-shirts

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    While Kevin Durant hasn’t been seen sporting an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt like some of his fellow NBA standouts, the Thunder star said he admires Derrick Rose and others for standing up for what they believe in.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder holds seventh Target Holiday Assist charity event

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Thunder does approximately 75 community events per year featuring players, but throughout the organization there’s a general feeling that the Target Holiday Shopping Spree is the best.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Bucks

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomes the up-and-coming Milwaukee Bucks to town. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook asks kid if he's 'ready to fly' in new Foot Locker commercial

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    In this new Foot Locker commercial, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook asks a kid if he's "ready to fly." The kid, lacing up a new pair of Air Jordans, says he's ready, but he doesn't expect what Westbrook has in store for him.

  • LeBron James again demonstrates social conscience with 'I Can't Breathe' shirt

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    In the subterranean gymnasium at Baruch College in May, LeBron James answered non-basketball questions centered on his willingness to speak out against Donald Sterling, USA TODAY reports. The rest of his then-Miami Heat teammates had left the gym. It was just a few reporters and Heat media relations staffers. It was informal but serious, and James was sincere, open, comfortable and confident. He explained his stance and why he spoke out.

  • LeBron dons 'I Can't Breathe': 'Worldly thing'

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    BROOKLYN -- Several players on both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Brooklyn Nets, including LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Kyrie Irving and Deron Williams, wore black "I Can't Breathe" T-shirts during pregame warm-ups Monday, following in the footsteps of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose who wore the same shirt in a game Saturday to show support for the family of Eric Garner. "It's not a Cavs thing," James said before the game. "It's a worldly thing."