• 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."

  • Blake Griffin's buzzer-beating three lifts Clippers past Suns

    Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    Blake Griffin dunked, and Dr. J clapped in admiration. Griffin made a sweeping drive while being fouled, and Staples Center roared. Griffin, the former OCS and University of Oklahoma standout, connected on a step-back three-pointer as time expired, and his teammates mobbed him on the court. Griffin's approval rating may have never been higher than it was Monday night, his superb play serving as the ultimate rebuttal to the Phoenix Suns and the referees during the Clippers' emotionally charged 121-120 overtime victory.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    The Thunder is getting back into the Western Conference race. Get your Thunder and NBA-related questions in to Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks joins elite coaching group with his 300th win

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    On Sunday in Detroit, Scott Brooks became the 63rd coach in NBA history to reach 300 career wins. “300?” Brooks said, unaware of the milestone. “Well, that’s a great number if you’re a baseball player.” But it’s also a pretty elite group in the coaching world — particularly with how quickly Brooks has done it. […]

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 96-94 win in Detroit

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    The Thunder beat the Pistons 96-94 in Detroit on Sunday. Here are five observations from the game: 1. Win’s a win – With news of Kevin Durant’s likely return leaking out right before this road trip, many expected a dominant three-game run from a Thunder team desperately needing to get its season back on track. […]

  • Kevin Durant meets with Detroit-area kid who had his KD 7’s stolen, gives him merchandise

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    AUBURN HILLS – About a week before Thanksgiving, 13-year-old Anthony Cupp had his KD 7 shoes stolen. Money is tight in Cupp’s family. His mother – Janiesa Cupp – is still undergoing therapy after surgery to remove a tumor, which sucks up most of the finances. So Cupp mowed some lawns in his neighborhood to […]

  • Live coverage: Thunder vs. Pistons

    Updated: Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater and others provide coverage of Sunday's game between Oklahoma City and Detroit.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Red-hot Jeremy Lamb in the midst of best stretch of his young career

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    In his last four games, Jeremy Lamb has been explosive and consistent in his limited bench role: 21 points in 24 minutes against Utah, 13 in 21 against the Knicks, 15 in 15 against the Pelicans and 15 in 30 against the Sixers.