• OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Monty Williams participate in USA basketball camp

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The USA Basketball program tipped off its summer mini-camp in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon and NBA TV provided accompanying coverage that came with plenty of Thunder flavor. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both participated in the practice, with Durant's inclusion particularly important. KD has been ramping up activity in recent weeks and, though he won't participate in Thursday night's scrimmage, told assembled reporters afterward that "I'm feeling great. I'm 100 percent." The practice was relatively light, with little contact. But Durant seemed to move around unhindered on his surgically repaired right foot, navigating through skill drills and shooting stations, calling the feeling of being back

  • Big games show Thunder is still a marquee NBA team

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    NBA SCHEDULE -- The Thunder has the Spurs to start and the Bulls on Christmas Day. Jenni Carlson and Darnell Mayberry talk about what those games mean and how they'll affect the Thunder and its fan base.

  • Thunder to open regular season against Spurs, will host Bulls on Christmas

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The Thunder will open the 2015-16 season against LaMarcus Aldridge and the new-look San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Oct. 28, The Oklahoman has learned. It will mark the second time in four seasons that OKC has opened its season against the rival Spurs. The Thunder lost to the Spurs by two in San Antonio to […]

  • Report: James Harden's $200 million Adidas bid won't be matched by Nike

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Adidas may have struck back with a major coup in the basketball shoe wars. Adidas offered James Harden a contract worth $200 million over 13 years, and Harden's former endorser - Nike -reportedly won't match, says TMZ. The former Thunder guard's Nike deal has expired, and it's time for the apparel giant to make a decision. From TMZ: "Nike had concerns about sinking that much dough into just ONE player, when it has several other superstars to sign." Thing is, Nike already handed over more money to ONE player last summer when Kevin Durant agreed to a reported 10-year deal worth between $265-285 million. Maybe Harden's payday came one year too late.

  • Kevin Durant's USA Basketball practice to air Tuesday on NBA TV

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Thunder star Kevin Durant's scheduled appearance at USA National Team practice this afternoon will air live on NBA TV as part of a special on the team. "NBA Real Training Camp: USA Basketball," a behind-the-scenes look at a USA Basketball Men’s National Team practice will air at 2 p.m. It will be Durant's first organized practice since a nagging foot injury sidelined him for the season.  Matt Winer will host the two-and-a-half hour special from Las Vegas with NBA TV analysts Steve Smith and Stu Jackson, both former members of USA Basketball, and reporter Jared Greenberg. Smith played on the Olympic gold medal winning team in 2000 and Jackson is a former USA Basketball head coach

  • Report: Kevin Durant to practice with Team USA this week

    Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    It looks like Kevin Durant will be back on the court with Team USA this week. USA Today's Sam Amick reports that Durant's agent, Rich Kleiman of Roc Nation Sports, and his manager, Charlie Bell, said Durant plans to practice Tuesday and Wednesday at USA minicamp in Las Vegas. Durant is not expected to participate in the Blue vs. White scrimmage on Thursday, however, says Amick. Last week, Durant, along with teammate Russell Westbrook, was listed on the initial 34-man roster for the USA Men's Basketball minicamp. Initial reports said  Durant would attend the camp but not participate in on-court activities, since he was still recovering from foot surgery he underwent in March .

  • Kevin Durant 1-on-1: Thunder star explains why he swats campers' shots, growth of the KD Basketball ProCamp

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    KD CAMP -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry sat down with Kevin Durant to talk about the Thunder star's involvement with the KD ProCamp, and why he has a no-mercy approach to 1-on-1 with campers.

  • Jeff Van Gundy vouches for the job Scott Brooks did in Oklahoma City

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    I wrote about Thunder coach Billy Donovan’s playing days in Sunday’s editions of The Oklahoman. It was part two of our five-part series looking at Donovan from his childhood through his illustrious career at Florida. You can read part one, written by Anthony Slater, here. Part two is here, along with a sidebar on Donovan’s […]

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on USA Men's National Team Minicamp roster

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are among the 34 players on the roster for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp, which was announced on Thursday. The minicamp will take place Aug. 11-13 in Las Vegas. Durant, who is still recovering from a foot surgery he underwent in March, will reportedly not participate in on-court drills. Both Durant and Westbrook were among several players who withdrew from USA Basketball before the FIBA World Cup last summer. The OKC star is still recovering from the foot surgery that ended his season, but he clearly wants to be part of program for '16 Olympics.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant is swatting kids at his basketball camp again

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant is notoriously merciless when it comes to playing against kids at his camps. His harsh shot rejections are the stuff of legend. He was back at it Thursday morning at his KD ProCamp. @royceyoung Kevin Durants snapchat is hilarious. He's picking on kids at his camp this morning lol pic.twitter.com/MjOMALkCXo — Kyle Boone (@k_boonie) August 6, 2015 There's another day of camp tomorrow, which means more swats for the kids.

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin teasing Space Jam 2 in new Jordan commercial?

    Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Add Blake Griffin to the "Space Jam 2" hype. Rumors have been swirling about LeBron James being at the center of a sequel to the hit mid-90s Michael Jordan movie. But what other NBA players could potentially join him? In the Jordan Brand video entitled "The Dunk to End All Dunks," Griffin take on Warner Bros. cartoon character Marvin the Martian in an over-the-top dunk contest. The video is to promote the new Jordan SuperFly 4 ... and possibly Griffin's inclusion in the next film. We'll see. For now, enjoy another solid commercial from the former OU All-American.

  • Will the Thunder hire a female coach?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Becky Hammon coached the Spurs’ summer league team to the championship in Las Vegas, and within a few days she wasn’t the NBA’s only female assistant coach. The Kings hired Nancy Lieberman to be part of George Karl’s staff in Sacramento. The Saturday Oklahoman had a long interview with Lieberman, which you can read here, and the Sunday Oklahoman had a collected wisdom with Hammon, which you can read here. I don’t know if the NBA’s sudden surge in hiring females will become a trend. But I don’t think the hirings of Hammon and Lieberman are tokenisms. First off, is Gregg Popovich into token decisions? Of course not. The Kings, of course, are a total mess.

  • Report: Semaj Christon signs with Italy's Victoria Libertas Pesaro

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City Blue guard Semaj Christon is headed overseas. Christon, 22, has signed a deal with Victoria Libertas Pesaro of Italy . Christon, who was drafted by the Thunder in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft, led the Blue with 18.6 points (17th in NBA D-League) and 5.7 assists (eighth) per game last season. In NBA Summer League play, Christon led the Thunder with 15.6 points and 6.8 assists per game. Christon hit the game-winning basket for the Thunder in a 76-74 win over Charlotte in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Last week, the Thunder signed 2014 first-round pick Josh Huestis to a four-year deal . More from NewsOK : Semaj Christon turning heads in the Orlando Pro Summer League, looking to take the next step in his career

  • Report: Adidas offers James Harden $200 million contract

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    First it was Kevin Durant getting the big push from Under Armour. Now it's James Harden's turn. Harden has reportedly received a bid from Adidas worth $200 million over 13 years. Nike, whose deal with Harden has expired, has until the end of next week to match the deal. The former Thunder guard finished second in the NBA Most Valuable Player voting and earned first-team All-NBA honors. Nike was under similar circumstances with Durant in 2014 when Under Armour made a hard push to sign Durant after his Nike contract expired. Nike eventually re-signed Durant through 2024 for between $265-285 million.

  • Kevin Durant among Tiger Beat magazine investors

    Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Kevin Durant's ever expanding financial portfolio has now added a magazine. According to the New York Times, Durant is one of 17 investors who raised $2 million to buy Tiger Beat - a popular magazine which chronicles the lives of young pop culture stars and actors through photographs. Tiger Beat is reportedly looking to revamp its website in addition to plans for a music tour and radio channel. Included in the list of investors with Durant are television host/comedian Nick Cannon, New York Giants executive vice president/film producer Steve Tisch, and The Daily Mail. Durant's investments and endorsements are clearly paying off. The 26-year-old was one of the highest paid athletes in the world last year , raking in $54.1 million in endorsements and salary. More from NewsOK: Big time free agents aren't afraid to go small-market thanks to KD and Russ

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Billy Donovan talks Long Island upbringing, playing days

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 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 […]

  • Nancy Lieberman calls becoming Kings assistant a 'Crazy, wonderful day'

    Published: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman is going the second full-time female assistant in NBA history, and she called Thursday's hype around her hiring a "crazy, wonderful day." Lieberman sent those words in late-night text to USA Today Sports, describing the news around her impending hire by the Sacramento Kings . Though the hire hasn't been made official by Sacramento, Lieberman, who has been an analyst for Fox Sports Oklahoma's Thunder Live pregame and postgame shows since 2012, said she was honored to be a Sacramento King .

  • Report: Thunder signs Josh Huestis to 4-year deal

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Josh Huestis will be a member of the Thunder this upcoming season. The second-year wing has reportedly signed a four-year rookie scale deal with the Thunder, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com . Huestis, the No. 29 overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft, played his rookie year in the D-League with the Oklahoma City Blue after agreeing with the Thunder to forego signing his NBA rookie contract. This summer, Huestis told The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry  he had no regrets about making that decision. Huestis' first-year salary would have been $1 million had he signed. Instead, it was closer to $25,000. “I think it was a great decision,” Huestis said earlier this month. “I think it was the best decision that I could make in terms of my own career. I think having an opportunity to play in the D-League for a year has really taught me a lot and has prepared me to move forward in my career. And I think if I had to make the decision again I would make the exact same one.”

  • Thunder TV analyst Nancy Lieberman expected to become Kings assistant coach

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    The Kings are expected to hire Nancy Lieberman, the 1996 Hall of Fame inductee and assistant general manager of the Dallas Mavericks’ D-League team, as an assistant coach, according to a report Thursday from the Sacramento Bee . According to The Bee, Lieberman said she will accept the offer.. Lieberman  joined Fox Sports Oklahoma in 2012 as an analyst on Thunder Live pregame and postgame shows. Kings vice president Vlade Divac said Thursday "definitely I'm going to offer her the job." Lieberman helped the Kings at the Summer League in Las Vegas. Lieberman's hire would make her the second full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, joining San Antonio Spurs assistant Becky Hammon, who was hired a year ago.

  • Thabo Sefolosha: Too early to say when I’ll be back

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is slowly on the mend after suffering a broken right fibula during an altercation with the police earlier this year. The Atlanta Hawks guard spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying "I am doing better every day. The leg and ankle are feeling good but it is too early to say exactly when I'll be back on the court." Sefolosha was injured while being arrested outside a New York nightclub in April. Sefolosha was charged with three misdemeanors in the incident but has denied the charges and has claimed his injuries were caused by the police . Without Sefolosha, the Hawks - the No. 1 seed in Eastern Conference - progressed to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing 4-0 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.