• Shaq Said Best Lakers Could Rout Best Bulls, And Pippen Fought Back

    Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Them's fightin' words. The Huffington Post reports ex-Laker Shaquille O'Neal launched an Instagram diss war with ex-Bull Scottie Pippen, saying his five best Lakers of all time could beat the best Bulls by 50 points.

  • Becky Hammon, San Antonio Spurs win Las Vegas Summer League championship

    Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The NBA's first female summer league head coach led her team to the title. Becky Hammon coached the San Antonio Spurs to a 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. The Spurs participated in summer league play in both Orlando and Las Vegas, but Hammon was only the head coach for the more-prestigious Las Vegas league. Last year, San Antonio made Hammon the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant participates in Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    With each passing week, it seems Kevin Durant and his surgically repaired foot are getting closer to full-contact hoops action. Our latest sign came on an MLB baseball field. On Sunday, Durant was back in Seattle, participating in Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game. The contest was played in Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. Durant reportedly got a big ovation from the crowd -- he played in the Emerald City his rookie season -- before experiencing mixed results in his softball debut. He dropped an easy fly ball in the outfield -- "The sun got in my eyes," he said -- but later redeemed himself by catching one.

  • K.J. McDaniels signs 3-year, $10 million contract with Rockets

    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    K.J. McDaniels, the 2014 second-round pick that unconventionally signed only a one-year contract last season, has seen his bet on himself pay off. He will sign a three-year, $10 million contract to stay with the Houston Rockets, according to SB Nation's Jake Pavorsky. The deal will have a player option for the third season. McDaniels confirmed the re-signing on his Twitter account.

  • NBA: Recapping another busy offseason

    By Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Another eventful NBA offseason has hit its annual quiet point. Here’s our recap of all the various ongoings of the past month:

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams continues busy summer with Nick Collison bro-trip

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Following his second NBA season, and with more time than expected on his hands this summer, Steven Adams has already had quite the offseason. At least that’s what the various social media snapshots would indicate. Soon after the Thunder’s season completed in mid-April, Adams took a trip back to his home country of New Zealand. But […]

  • Clippers sign Josh Smith in free agency

    Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The Los Angeles Clippers continue their offseason rehaul with the addition of forward Josh Smith on a one-year deal. Smith, 29, started last season with the Detroit Pistons before getting waived and picked up by the Houston Rockets. Smith reportedly signed for a veterans minimum worth $1.5 million. Smith joins Paul Pierce and Lance Stevenson as major free agent acquisitions this summer.

  • Want to send your kid to Kevin Durant's camp? All it takes is a game face

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Do you know someone who deserves a spot at the Kevin Durant Basketball Camp? Post a selfie of your first through sixth grader's best game face using #GameFaceOK to your favorite social media outlet, and you could win one of three passes to the 2015 Kevin Durant Basketball ProCamp, which will be Aug. 6-7. For complete contest rules, visit oklahoman.com/bestsports.

  • Why Kevin Durant's camp means so much to a Kansas City mom and her daughter

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Lilly is a Thunder fan. Watches every game she can. Loves Kevin Durant more than anything. Proudly wears No. 35 for her elementary school basketball team.

  • Emails in on Enes Kanter

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Enes Kanter is safely in the Thunder fold, after much debate over his four-year, $70-million contract. I wasn’t crazy about the Kanter contract, but how did the readers feel? Let’s let them tell us: David: “Max Deal Today, Bargain Tomorrow. I've assumed all along that this theory (fact) was the underbelly of the Kanter deal. Unless there is an escalation clause in the new cap agreement, if Kanter plays a little D (and I suspect he will) he could turn out to be a real bargain going forward.” Well, I would never go that far. Max Deal Today, Manageable Tomorrow. That’s as far as I’ll go.

  • Marcus Smart dislocates two fingers in summer league game

    Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart dislocated two fingers in his team's 91-85 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League. The former Oklahoma State standout suffered the injury in the second quarter going for a loose ball, landing on his right hand. Celtics assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry said one of Smart's bones may have pierced his skin and that the second-year player needed five stitches, according to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe . Through five summer league games, Smart was averaging 16.0 points, 4.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals in just 24.8 minutes per game. On Thursday, Smart was announced as a member of Team World for the first NBA game to be played in Africa on Aug. 1, but the sudden injury puts his status for the exhibition in jeopardy.

  • Serge Ibaka, Marcus Smart on rosters for first NBA game in Africa

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will join players from around the NBA in the league's first game in Africa on Aug. 1. Ibaka, a native of the Congo, will represent Team Africa but will not play due to injury. Smart, the former Oklahoma State standout, will play for Team World in the sold-out exhibition at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa, coached by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, will be comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players. Thunder assistant Monty Williams will be on Popovich's staff for Team Africa. Team World will be coached by Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel

  • Thunder guard Dion Waiters thinks OKC has everything it needs to win a title next season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Waiters appears to be doing his part by fulfilling his stated goal of getting into better shape this offseason and dedicating himself to coming back a better player. He said he’s lost about 10 pounds and is noticeably slimmer than he was during the season.

  • Teen inspires Nike to make a shoe for people with disabilities

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    In some ways Florida teenager Matthew Walzer is a lot like any other 19-year-old. He’s obsessed with sports, particularly basketball, and is particularly fond of basketball shoes. That’s where the similarities end, because while he may be particularly fond of them, Walzer isn’t able to put shoes on himself; he was born with cerebral palsy, and as the disease has advanced he has had to enlist the help of relatives and others to complete relatively every day tasks like putting on shoes, USA TODAY reports. That’s what inspired Walzer, now a college sophomore but then a 16-year-old high school junior at Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fla., to reach out to Nike with a simple question: “Can you help?”

  • John Wall perspective on big NBA contracts, CBA: 'I'm getting the same as Reggie Jackson'

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Who's better: Washington Wizards guard John Wall or former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson? You can't tell by the money they're getting paid. Jackson received a five-year, $80 million contract from the Detroit Pistons this offseason and Wall used Jackson's deal to offer some perspective on the escalating contracts in the NBA -- recalling how people were critical of the five-year, $80 million deal he received in 2013. Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has made two All-Star teams in his five year career, whereas Jackson, the No. 24 overall pick in 2011, has primarily served as a backup to Russell Westbrook during his first four years in the league. "People talk about me getting $80 million, now you got people getting $85 million that haven't made the All-Star [Game] or anything like that," Wall told Comcast SportsNet Washington. "I guess they came in at the right time. That new CBA kicked in, and they're good now. Reggie Jackson gets five years, $80 million. I'm getting the same as Reggie Jackson. "But I'm happy for all those guys. To see anybody get the opportunity to live their dream out, get the opportunity to take care of their family when they can, it's a blessing."

  • Commentary: Will Enes Kanter play better defense? His means and his motivation have never been higher

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    Enes Kanter has been bad defensively. Obviously bad. Historically bad. Atrociously bad. I get it. I've seen the evidence. I've digested the stats. And after the Thunder signed him to a four-year, $70 million deal earlier this week, I've heard the wailing and teeth gnashing from some Oklahoma City faithful who grew weary of the conga line to the hoop late last season. I get that, too. But I'm here to provide some hope, some positivity. Enes Kanter will play better defense. Wishful thinking? Maybe a bit. But there's plenty of evidence to back up this belief. It boils down to this: the big fella has never had both the motivation and the means to play defense like he does

  • Thunder gets 'B' grade for Perry Jones trade to Celtics

    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Thunder was able to trim some of its luxury tax to come by dealing Perry Jones III to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. So, who won the trade? Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com gives the Thunder a "B" grade and the Celtics an "A". From Pelton:  "I'm sure Oklahoma City was hoping to move Jones into another team's space or trade exception without giving up any assets. Alas, with only one season left on his rookie contract, interest in Jones apparently wasn't that strong. Still, the savings were so great that the Thunder can afford to give up a second-round pick and cash."

  • OKC Thunder: Perry Jones traded to the Celtics in a cost-cutting move

    anthony slater | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is sending the 6-foot-11 forward and a second-round pick to the Boston Celtics.

  • Hasheem Thabeet ejected from NBA Summer League game

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Former Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet was playing for the D-League Select Team this weekend in a Summer League game in Las Vegas and was ejected rather quickly. Thabeet picked up two quick technical fouls. Then he preceded to beat up a chair according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • For the Thunder, matching Portland's contract offer to Enes Kanter leads to more questions than answers

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    It was largely a predictable outcome, one that had been expected for months, thus making the decision by Oklahoma City the easy part. Now come the challenges.