• Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Heat

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Seeking its third consecutive win, the Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the Miami Heat. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Thunder forward Nick Collison to miss at least 10 days with sprained ankle

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    After spraining his left ankle in the second half of Friday night’s win over Atlanta, forward Nick Collison will now miss at least 10 days, Thunder coach Scott Brooks told reporters Saturday. The injury will sideline Collison at least through March, which will cost him at least five games. Collison joins Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Dissecting the latest Kevin Durant injury setback

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 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 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 […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hawks

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The Thunder is without Kevin Durant and Enes Kanter against one of the best teams in the NBA -- the Atlanta Hawks -- tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Live Coverage: Sam Presti Press Conference on Kevin Durant's injury

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Thunder general manager Sam Presti gives an update on Kevin Durant's injury status at an 11:30 a.m. press conference. Follow The Oklahoman's live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more.

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins says James Harden needed his own team

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    It's the question that has seemlingly been asked on for ages: What would the Thunder have looked like had it kept James Harden? Was it the right move? Was it the wrong move? Many questions haven't yet been answered. It's a to-be-decided in both the Thunder and Rockets histories. Since the deal, two thing has definitely become clear: Russell Westbrook has emerged as a Top 5 player in the NBA. So has Harden. And former Thunder player Kendrick Perkins told Bleacher Report that Harden wouldn't have reached those heights without that infamous trade in 2012. "No, because James needed his own team," Perkins said. "He wouldn't have been able to flourish and be the guy who he is under Russ and KD. So he definitely needed his own team to be able to do what he's doing right now." Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick goes on to back up Perkins' wisdom with a point that some people just don't want to seem to understand: This Harden we're seeing now would not have emerged as a third option with the Thunder. The circumstances had to play out the way they did in order for Harden to grow as a player and ascend to MVP status. That's not a discredit to Harden's talent, but a realistic view of a crowded room of Kevin Durant, Westbrook and Harden. "He worked hard," Perkins told BR about Harden. "He came ready to play. And then he would come off the bench and have a quick 15 in 12 minutes, just straight getting buckets. And we already knew that he was ready. There just wasn't room for him to really flourish like this. So he had to break away."

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams tries "interesting" jumper against the Mavericks

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    With Serge Ibaka out for an extended period, the Thunder is void of its most potent mid-range shooter. There’s a few big men on the OKC roster who may attempt to pick up the slack — Enes Kanter, Nick Collison and, occasionally, Mitch McGary. But you wouldn’t think Steven Adams would be on that list. […]

  • Russell Westbrook's biggest fan? Allen Iverson

    Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Allen Iverson was known throughout his career as a player who sacrificed his body and played with reckless abandon every time he stepped on the floor. It's no coincidence that Iverson calls Russell Westbrook one of his favorite players. Iverson was a guest on the Philadelphia 76ers' Comcast SportsNet broadcast on Wednesday and he spoke glowingly about the Thunder guard. "The fight," Iverson said. "The fight in the guy. I'm the biggest Westbrook fan, I think, there is. You know what I mean? Because he reminds me so much of myself as far as his heart and laying it on the line night in and night out. Just a guy that's going to bring it every single night."

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Where does OKC stand heading into the stretch run?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Mar 19, 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 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 […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Berry Tramel is live from Columbus, Ohio, where he's getting ready for OU's NCAA Tournament opener against Albany on Friday. Ask Berry your tourney questions and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Celtics

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The Thunder welcomes back Marcus Smart to Oklahoma tonight as it takes on the Boston Celtics. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha nearing return from injury

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Thabo Sefolosha competed in three-on-three work following Hawks shootaround Wednesday, a sign the guard/forward is close to a return from a calf injury. Sefolosha has missed the past 20 games for the Eastern Conference leaders due to a Grade 3 strain of his right calf. He won't play Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors, but could be ready in time for the Hawks' game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said that three-on-three work was the final step of Sefolosha's recovery process.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's shoes sell $195 million in 2014

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

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  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Thunder writer Anthony Slater jumped on the Power Lunch chat Wednesday to talk Thunder playoff race, Kevin Durant's return and more. Here's the recap:

  • Kevin Durant's NCAA bracket: OU into Sweet 16; Texas, OSU two-and-out

    Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant has filled out an NCAA Tournament bracket for USA Today's #NBABracketChallenge series, and he kept it real about his Longhorns. Durant, who played one season at UT, has Texas winning its first matchup against Butler, but the Horns falling to Notre Dame in the next game. Durant likes the Sooners' chances a little better. He picked OU to beat Albany and Providence before falling to No. 2 seed Villanova in the Sweet 16. Durant also has Oklahoma State picking up a minor upset over eight-seed Oregon before losing to West No. 1 seed Wisconsin in the round of 32. Kentucky and Duke meet in the championship, with UK winning the title

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook wants no part of your MVP talk

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    In recent weeks, after a legendary string of games with his superstar teammate sidelined, Russell Westbrook’s name has been thrust into the MVP conversation. With 15 games left, he remains a legit candidate, up against James Harden, Steph Curry and LeBron James. But when asked about one of the more competitive MVP races in recent memory, Westbrook […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder renews its I-35 rivalry with the Dallas Mavericks. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Adams & Kanter make an intriguing pair

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The Thunder beat Chicago 109-100 Sunday, and the story of the day was the two-center lineup. Enes Kanter and Steven Adams played 30:16; 62 percent of the game. Their starting status was made possible by Serge Ibaka’s injury. So when Serge returns, he’s back in the lineup. But a Kanter/Adams tandem is intriguing for the […]

  • Report: Adidas drops bid to extend NBA jersey deal

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    In two years, we could see the end of sleeved jerseys in the NBA. NBA uniforms will cease to have Adidas' three-stripe logo in 2017, as the company has dropped its bid to extend its contract with the league. In 2006, Adidas signed an 11-year deal to be the official apparel partner of the NBA. But after not being able to compete with Nike/Jordan brand in the basketball market, Adidas is looking to scale back. "We haven't been able to elevate our brand for the basketball consumer that we're targeting," Adidas global basketball general manager Chris Grancio told Portland Business Journal . "We ultimately decided that we would change our investment strategy and invest more in players on the court." Unless another athletic apparel company decides to carry the torch in 2017, the sleeved jersey made famous by Adidas may come to an end. Some like it, some don't. The Oklahoma City Thunder will wear its white sleeved jerseys two more times this season at home games.

  • Thunder Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry on the Pelicans, the playoffs, and OKC fans' most hated player

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Darnell Mayberry answered your Thunder questions on the Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap.




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