• Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook hosts fifth annual Why Not? Bowl charity event

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    The event benefited the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, which supports community-based education and family service programs and encourages youth to believe in themselves.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The brain trust behind general manager Sam Presti

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Inside a conference room each June are the roughly 15 people who quietly have helped build the Thunder into the perennial power you see today. They comprise a front office that is widely regarded throughout the NBA as one of the best in basketball.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Nick Collison (ankle) may return on Friday night against the Kings

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    OKC’s veteran forward went through a workout on Thursday afternoon and is considered a game-time decision for Friday night against the Kings.

  • Why the Thunder will make the playoffs over the Pelicans

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    THUNDER THURSDAY -- OKC has lost four in a row, but The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater thinks the Thunder will make the playoffs. Slater and sports editor Mike Sherman discuss the final four games for the Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans, and who has the edge in the battle for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

  • VIDEO: Thabo Sefolosha detained by multiple officers outside NYC nightclub

    Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha went from arrested to out for the season after reportedly fracturing his tiba in an altercation with the police Wednesday morning, per RealGM.com . Sefolosha was arrested along with Atlanta Hawks teammate Pero Antic for obstruction of justice connected to a stabbing incident at 1Oak nightclub in New York City early Wednesday morning. Antic and Sefolosha released a statement through the Hawks saying they are contesting the charges of obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. In his first season with the Hawks, Sefolosha missed 25 consecutive games with a calf injury. He finished 2014-15 with averages of 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 52 contests. The Hawks (59-19) will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

  • Kentucky Wildcats lose top seven scorers to NBA draft

    Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Kentucky's seven top scorers -- Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison -- are heading to the NBA draft. Three of the UK stars - Towns, Booker and Lyles - are freshmen, with Towns projected to go in the top 3 picks in the NBA draft.

  • Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha to contest charges in relation to nightclub stabbing incident

    Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha was arrested early Wednesday morning for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene at a New York City nightclub, but Sefolosha and teammate Pero Antic of the Atlanta Hawks are fighting charges. In a joint statement from Antic and Sefololsha released by the Hawks, the two stated they will contest charges: “As members of the Atlanta Hawks, we hold ourselves to a high standard and take our roles as professionals very seriously. We will contest these charges and look forward to communicating the facts of the situation at the appropriate time. We apologize to our respective families, teammates, and the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon them. We are unable to provide further comment as this is an ongoing legal matter.” Antic and Sefolosha did not play in the Hawks' game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night. Wednesday night, Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed and his girlfriend was slashed around 4 a.m. after leaving 1Oak nightclub. In relation to the incident, Antic and Sefolosha were arrested at the scene and charged Wednesday with counts of Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. Each charge is listed as a misdemeanor. The police report says that "it took four officers to place the defendant (Sefolosha) in handcuffs."

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks calls off Thunder practice, hopes to refresh team

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    He gathered them in a team meeting, chatted about a few things and then sent them on their way. No drills. No court work. No basketball.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: 10 reasons why the Thunder is in its precarious situation

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    On the morning of March 25, the Thunder woke up with a 31/2 game lead over New Orleans. Since that day, the two teams have gone in opposite directions.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Would it be wiser for the Thunder to miss the playoffs?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 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 […]

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks gives slumping Thunder the day off, updates injuries

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    THUNDER BASKETBALL - The Thunder is mired in a four-game losing streak. Scott Brooks explains why he met with his players and gave them the day off on Wednesday, and offers an update on OKC's injuries.

  • Report: NBA players to launch own awards

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Remember at All-Star weekend when Kevin Durant said the players' opinions and votes should count when it comes to awards voting? "I think media and guys get too much power to vote on stuff that quite frankly I don't think you really know a lot about," Durant said . Well, it looks like the Thunder star is getting his wish, as players may make their own awards, according to USA Today's Sam Amick. The National Basketball Players Association has created the "2015 Players Choice Awards," which will consist of anonymous votes from players. Per USA Today's report, winners will be announced at a summer meeting in Vegas. "This program was created at your request to recognize outstanding performance of your peers, on and off the court," NBAPA executive director Michele Roberts said in an internal memo.

  • Pacers’ Copeland, Wife Stabbed At NYC Club; Suspect, 2 Hawks Arrested

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland and his wife, Katrine Saltara, were stabbed during an early morning confrontation at a nightclub in Chelsea. Copeland was stabbed in the abdomen, police said. Saltara stabbed in the arm and slashed across the chest and buttocks police said. The alleged assailant, 22-year-old Shezoy Bleary, was arrested, sources told CBS News. Two members of the Atlanta Hawks — Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic — were also taken into custody for allegedly obstructing the crime scene at 1 OAK on West 17th Street.

  • Western Conference playoff advice: Avoid the Spurs

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

      Watching the Thunder demise makes us focus, well, on the Thunder demise. The Thunder has lost six of seven games, lost its last three home games, and is in danger of missing the playoffs. An unthinkable state even factoring in the injury crush of this season. But the Thunder demise has made us forget […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Ageless San Antonio Spurs keep humming past struggling Thunder

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    The Spurs rolled to a redemption title last season, avenging the heartbreaker to the Heat a year earlier, and, for a brief period, some wondered if that would be it. The last two months, which have included a Spurs double-digit lead in 21 consecutive games, have provided us a resounding no.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Spurs' rout sobering for OKC and its group of newcomers who have yet to reach the playoffs

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    The Spurs routed the Thunder 113-88 Tuesday night on the most sobering night of a somber season. Couple New Orleans’ victory over Golden State with the Thunder’s utter lack of competitiveness against San Antonio, and this is looking more and more like a dark May for OKC basketball.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Spurs send OKC to fourth straight loss

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Kawhi Leonard matched a career high with 26 points, and the San Antonio Spurs rolled past the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-88 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight victory.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sympathizes with the Thunder's injury situation

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has coached 19 seasons and seen his players battle loads of injury issues. But when asked Tuesday afternoon if his Spurs teams ever faced a health-ravaged season like the Thunder is currently going through, he couldn’t remember one.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Follow the Thunder against the San Antonio Spurs with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • OU basketball: Why Buddy Hield will declare for the NBA draft

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    NBA DRAFT -- Will he stay or will he go? With the deadline to declare for the NBA draft approaching, OU junior guard Buddy Hield has to make a decision. Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber talk about what Hield will do and how his decision will affect the Sooners in 2015-16