• Q&A with Brooklyn Nets' Markel Brown: Former Oklahoma State standout off and running at summer league

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown was selected 44th overall in this year’s NBA Draft, and after a series of trades eventually landed with the Brooklyn Nets. His NBA career is off to a good start after a couple of promising performances in the Orlando Pro Summer League. In a Q&A with The Oklahoman, Brown talked about his memories of draft night and his experiences thus far in the NBA. Q: Take us back to draft night. When you heard your name, where were you and what was that feeling like? A: I was actually at my aunt’s house back in Louisiana with a select few of my family members. The moment hearing my name called, it was so surreal.

  • Danny Granger, Josh McRoberts agree to deals with Miami Heat

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    With or without a commitment from LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat is putting together its team. The Heat came agreed to terms with free agents Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts on Monday. Granger played last season with the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers, while McRoberts was on the Charlotte Bobcats team the Heat swept in four games in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Both aren't the big splashes in free agency most were expecting from the Heat, but the Eastern Conference champions are working to put together some semblance of a team around the Big 3 of James, Bosh and Wade. Before Granger and McRoberts agreed to deals, the only Heat player under contract for next season was point guard Norris Cole.

  • Serge Ibaka bares it (nearly) all in ESPN Magazine Body Issue

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Serge Ibaka broke new ground the Oklahoma City Thunder. While teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook get most of the attention from the media, it was the 6-10 forward who was asked to pose nude in the latest installment of ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. The section is titled the "Bodies We Want," according to The Norman Transcript. The magazine was released Monday on the internet and will hit the newsstands Friday. Ibaka was featured in the special issue along with 21 other athletes.

  • Report: LeBron James' agent pushing for return to Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Is LeBron James coming back to Cleveland? If his agent has his way, James would be back in Ohio. Yahoo Sports is reporting that Rich Paul, the agent for James, is working to get his client back in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. ESPN is also reporting that the Cavaliers believe they have a legitimate chance at getting James back after he left Cleveland four years ago in free agency. Following his departure in free agency in 2010, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote an angry letter about James leaving for the Miami Heat. That letter had been on the Cavaliers' website since James left Cleveland, but had disappeared as of Monday morning.

  • Cavaliers given hope of a LeBron James return

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    At the urging of LeBron James' agent, the Cleveland Cavaliers are pursuing a maximum contract salary slot to bring back the free-agent superstar, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Rich Paul, the president of Klutch Sports, has been funneling belief into the organization that the Cavaliers are in strong position to lure James from the Miami Heat, sources told Yahoo Sports. For years, Paul has confided to people that bringing back James to Cleveland has been something of a mission for him, and he's encouraging Cavaliers officials to offer no restraint in the recruitment of James, sources said.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With free agents in a holding pattern, OKC may choose to stick with Andre Roberson

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    The Thunder is not just turning down free agents because of costs. Oklahoma City also is content with passing up players because it is comfortable with what it has. Andre Roberson is made in the same mold as Sefolosha, long, athletic, gritty and defensive-minded.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams getting work from the low block

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Steven Adams could return to Oklahoma City with a new weapon. A back-to-the basket game.

  • Q&A: Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel knows he still has a long road ahead

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    The former Kentucky forward was selected sixth overall by Philadelphia in the 2013 NBA Draft but missed the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from a torn ACL.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary makes his presence known immediately in summer league

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    On his first possession in the Thunder’s 84-63 loss to Memphis on the opening day of the Orlando Pro Summer League, the 21st overall pick out of Michigan inbounded the ball from the sideline, just past halfcourt, by tossing a pinpoint lob pass to Jeremy Lamb, who finished the play with a two-handed dunk.

  • Q&A: Marcus Smart makes his summer league debut

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State star finished with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting for the Celtics’ team in Orlando.

  • OKC Thunder adds Darko Rajakovic to coaching staff

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    The Thunder has added Darko Rajakovic to its coaching staff as an assistant, the team announced Saturday. Rajakovic, a Serbia native, previously coached the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers, becoming the first head coach in NBA D-League history born outside of North America. He guided the 66ers to a 51-49 record over the past two seasons. Rajakovic becomes the third 66ers coach to be called up to an NBA team. He joins Dale Osbourne and Nate Tibbets. Osbourne and Tibbets joined Portland as assistant coaches in 2012 and 2013, respectively. “This is a huge honor for me,” said Rajakovic, who is coaching the Thunder’s summer league team. “I really appreciate the opportunity that the team and coach (Scott) Brooks and Sam

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A look at the Orlando Pro Summer League Rules

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    * Four 10-minute quarters. * 10-minute halftime. * Five full timeouts per team, per game. * Two one-minute mandatory TV timeouts per quarter on dead ball at 5:50 and again at 2:59. * Maximum of three full timeouts to be used in fourth quarter per team. * One 20-second timeout per team, per half. * Three-minute overtime period if necessary. * One full timeout and one 20-second timeout per overtime period per team. * Teams will be in the penalty on the fifth foul of each quarter. * Teams will be in the penalty in overtime on the third team foul. * No foul-out rule. For each personal foul in excess of six, the opposing team receives two free throws.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Breaking down the summer league roster

    darnell mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    A quick look at the Thunder’s summer league roster. Player; Pos.; Ht.; Weight; School Steven Adams; C; 7-0; 255; Pittsburgh The 12th overall pick by the Thunder in 2013. Exceeded all expectations as a rookie. Potential starting center next season. Semaj Christon; G; 6-3; 190; Xavier The 55th overall pick in this year’s draft. Acquired by the Thunder via trade. Athletic point guard but viewed as a project. Fuquan Edwin; G/F; 6-6; 215; Seton Hall Rangy defender who possesses great quickness, anticipation and high intensity. Wowed the Thunder in multiple pre-draft workouts. Josh Huestis; F; 6-7; 230; Stanford The 29th overall pick in this year’s draft. Lauded as a defender who can

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What to watch for with OKC's main summer league players

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    As many as seven players on the Thunder’s summer league roster could be wearing Thunder jerseys next season. So as the week unfolds, here is what you should be watching from the Thunder’s main summer league players.

  • OKC Thunder: Summer League Roster

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    For those of you who’ve been wondering, here’s the roster for the Thunder’s summer league team, along with game times. The team will play four games in the Orlando Summer League, with all games broadcast on NBA TV and NBA.com. Thunder regulars Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III are expected to […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thabo Sefolosha 'feels great' about deal with Atlanta Hawks

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Thabo Sefolosha confirmed on Thursday that a breakup that had long been anticipated is now official.

  • Thabo Sefolosha agrees to 3-year deal with Atlanta Hawks

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Veteran Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks worth $12 million, according to RealGM.com. Sefolosha, 30, averaged 6.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in his sixth season with the Thunder. Sefolosha met with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, and was reportedly contacted by the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets over the past few days.

  • Thunder guard Sebastian Telfair -- from NYC to OKC

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Sebastian Telfair’s come a long way since his high school phenom days in New York City. The newest addition to the Thunder backcourt was the No. 1 prep recruit in the country in 2004 out of Lincoln High School in Brooklyn (the same school that produced his cousin, Stephon Marbury, and current Indiana Pacers guard/LeBron […]

  • 4-year-old player catches eye of NBA legend

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    A 4-year-old basketball phenom from North Carolina has already drawn the attention of an NBA legend and has big plans to follow in the footsteps of his favorite player, the Oklahoma Thunder’s Kevin Durant, according to Good Morning America. “He can emulate his free throw regime exactly,” Josiah Brown’s father, Demetrius Brown, told ABC News of his son's ability to copy Durant's famous free throw prep. “He has been doing that since he was one.” Josiah, whom his dad describes as average height and weight for a 4-year-old but with an athletic build, is already playing with kids as old as 9 at his local YMCA in Wilmington, North Carolina.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder to add veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Looking to add depth and experience at the lead guard position following the departure of Derek Fisher, the Thunder has agreed to terms with veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair. Telfair, 29, was the 13th overall pick in 2004. He’s played for seven teams in nine seasons but spent last season in China. In 548 career […]