• Media notes: ESPN has assigned its No. 1 broadcast team to OU-Alabama Super Regional

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza and Michele Smith will call the Super Regional

  • Russell Westbrook wins season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has won the season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award, The Oklahoman has learned. An official announcement will be made Tuesday night, with Westbrook being presented with the David Robinson Plaque from NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum at the NBA Draft Lottery in New York City. The Community Assist Award recognizes […]

  • Shane Battier weighs in on the Zayn Malik-One Direction split

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Former Miami Heat forward Shane Battier took to Twitter to weigh in on Zayn Malik’s decision to leave the boy band One Direction, USA TODAY reports. "He needs to follow his heart. RT @wizkhalfe: @ShaneBattier how do you feel about Zain leaving one direction."

  • Kevin Durant's high school to drop its basketball program

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Kevin Durant's high school has decided to drop its vaunted basketball program. Montrose Christian, a private K-12 school in Rockville, Md., is listed for sale and public records show signs of ongoing financial distress. Durant played at Montrose during his senior season in 2005-2006.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: D.J. Augustin's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Statistics that defined the Thunder’s back-up point guard’s time in OKC

  • Why would the Thunder re-sign Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler?

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    They’re the Thunder’s lone two free agents this summer, and they both have flaws sizable enough that some fans wouldn’t mind seeing them gone. Still, the Thunder has expressed its desire to re-sign Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler, both of whom will be restricted free agents on July 1. Kanter was a double-double machine in […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: D.J. Augustin hopes to settle into his role as the Thunder's backup point guard

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    In his 28 games with the Thunder, Augustin provided a steady hand in an unsteady time, playing all 28 games after the trade, averaging 24.2 minutes, 7.3 points and a solid 2.5 assist-to-turnover ratio, while also maintaining extreme professionalism. And he’s embraced his role.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Discussing D.J. Augustin's 2014-15 season

    From The Oklahoma Sports staff | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Oklahoman Sports staff discusses Augustin’s attributes and what the Thunder should do about a backup point guard in the future.

  • OKC Thunder report card: Grading D.J. Augustin's 2014-15 season

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    D.J. Augustin graded high on shooting and fitting in. But the only thing lower than his defensive grade is the Thunder’s defensive rating when he was on the court.

  • [UPDATE] Serge Ibaka responds to rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk callout

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Meet former Arizona swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He’s known for his length, energy, defense and athleticism. He’s a high flyer who is projected to be a first-round pick in next month’s NBA Draft. But before he’s even been drafted, Hollis-Jefferson already has his eyes set on someone he wants to put on a poster, and that […]

  • Thunder Chat Recap: The market for Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb, NBA Draft and the assistant coach search

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    POWER LUNCH CHAT -- Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry answered a variety of questions on the Thunder, the NBA playoffs and the draft on Monday's Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap:

  • The Thunder's (slim) chance at the NBA Draft Lottery and who it should pick

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    NBA DRAFT LOTTERY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder has a 1.8 percent chance of landing a Top 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Stranger things have happened. With the NBA Draft Lottery coming up Tuesday, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel discuss who the Thunder should target with a potential Top 3 pick or the No. 14 selection.

  • Power Lunch: Chat live with columnist Jenni Carlson

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Think the Oklahoma City Thunder can sneak into the top three spots in tonight's NBA Draft Lottery? Want to talk OU softball? Join columnist Jenni Carlson for today's Power Lunch live chat starting at 11 a.m.

  • Marcus Smart voted to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was one of 10 players to earn NBA All-Rookie honors for the 2014-15 season. The former Oklahoma State guard was voted to the All-Rookie Second Team, receiving the sixth-most voting points among first-year players (142 total points; 28 first-team votes, 86 second-team with first-team votes worth two points each). Smart […]

  • Report: Maurice Cheeks a possible Thunder assistant coach candidate

    staff reports | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A former Oklahoma City Thunder assistant could be in the mix to return to the Thunder bench under Billy Donovan. Yahoo Sports sources are reporting that former Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks has emerged as a possible candidate for Donovan's staff. Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that former New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams is one of several "ambitious" former ex-NBA coaches that Donovan is attempting to talk into taking his top two assistant positions, and it appears that Cheeks is in that group. Cheeks was an assistant under Scott Brooks in Oklahoma City from 2009-2013, and has had head coaching stints in Portland, Philadelphia and Detroit. It's been reported that Donovan's former Florida assistant Anthony Grant will join the Thunder staff as the No. 3 assistant. Other assistants on the radar are Chicago's Andy Greer, Portland's Nate Tibbetts, and the New York Knicks' Brian Keefe.

  • Clippers' Emotional Nature Holding Them Back from Postseason Success

    Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The Los Angeles Clippers still aren’t cool, says CNN's Bleacher Report, not in the hip sense of being a trendy, newfound America’s Team that won a rebellion against former owner Donald Sterling, but insofar as they're still losers who’ve never been to the Western Conference Finals. There is nothing like a Game 7 on the road to test the latter definition of "cool." Unfortunately for the Clippers, they revealed on Sunday just how overly emotional they are. They completed their collapse from a 3-1 series advantage (with a 19-point lead late in Game 6 at home) with a 113-100 loss in Houston.

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler roundtable discussion

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Kyle Singler. What’s one thing you liked about Kyle Singler’s game and one thing that made you scratch your head? Darnell Mayberry, beat writer: I liked that he played the game the right way. He wasn’t always effective. In fact, he rarely was effective in his brief stint with the Thunder. But you never could question his effort, his motives or his instincts. And the fundamentals that so many have praised him for were evident. He didn’t take bad shots. He made the extra pass. He understood proper spacing, positioning and timing on both ends. The problem was there were large stretches where most of those “little things” didn’t really make a ripple. That was

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler's season report card

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Kyle Singler’s season with the Thunder got off to a slow start. But he finished fairly strong. His inconsistency and overall lack of quality production, however, can’t be ignored when grading his time in a Thunder uniform. C+ 3-point shooting: Singler got off to a slow start upon his arrival, making 10 of 30 from long range in his first 15 games with the Thunder. But then he found his rhythm and made nine of 19 over the next eight contests and looked like the 3-point shooting threat OKC acquired. Singler finished the season at 37 percent, a respectable clip from deep. Still, that fell short of the 38.2 percent he connected on last season and the 40.6 percent he hit in 54 games with

  • Thunder season review: What they're saying about Kyle Singler

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    What they’re saying about Thunder forward Kyle Singler. Thunder guard D.J. Augustin — “Kyle’s the type of guy…that he can go a game without playing at all and be thrown in the next game and play well. That’s hard to do. That’s really hard to do on this level. And I respect a guy like that.” Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks — “He knows how to play. He has a very high IQ. He obviously was with a great program in college (at Duke)…And he gives you everything he has. That’s what you like with players.” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — “He’s a solid team player and often it doesn’t show up in stats.

  • Thunder season review: Kyle Singler by the numbers

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Despite landing a starting role immediately on an injury-plagued team, Kyle Singler’s statistical production plummeted to career -low levels in OKC. Here’s a look at what he did in a Thunder uniform. 0.7: Assists per game. 2.1: Rebounds per game 3.7: Points per game. 4.3: Fouls per 36 minutes. 17.5: Minutes per game, a career low. 26: Games played with OKC, including 18 starts. 33.3: Field goal percentage. 37.0: 3-point shooting percentage. 68.8: Free throw shooting percentage. 110.9: Points allowed per 100 possessions with Singler on the floor. Players shot 52.4 percent against Singler, eight percentage points higher than their