• Five observations from the Thunder's 117-107 preseason win over Memphis

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 117-107 preseason win over Memphis on Tuesday: 1. All Adams, all the time – Steven Adams heard two quick whistles in the first three minutes on Tuesday night. Foul trouble, again, banished him to the bench. But that may be the only thing that’ll be able to keep him there this year. Upon […]

  • Bubba Watson regrets asking for Kevin Durant's shoes before Thunder-Clippers playoff game

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    PGA golfer and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson talked to NBA.com about his relationship with Kevin Durant, explaining that he actually felt a little bad asking Durant for his shoes before a playoff game. The night before Game 6 of the 2014 Thunder-Clippers series in May, Durant went to a bible study at a church he helped found in Los Angeles. Watson happened to be speaking at the church that night. "He heard me talk about the bible and about family life, so we interacted," Watson said. "Then I said, 'hey, why don't you give me your shoes after the game? It'd be funny.'" Watson immediately regreted the request. "As soon as I said it, I was like "'if somebody did that to me at The Masters, I would be so mad,'" Watson said. "But I guess if it's the right person." Little did Watson know, Durant took him seriously,  walking right up to him after the game and handing him the shoes on the court. "I guess he likes me enough that he brought me his shoes," Watson said. You can watch the short clip of Watson's NBA.com interview here .

  • Steven Adams defends himself, says he's not a dirty player

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    As he enters his second NBA season, Steven Adams already has a reputation around the league. Some say he’s a dirty player. Zach Randolph insinuated as much Monday, the day before his Memphis Grizzlies faced the Thunder for the first time since losing to OKC in the first round of the 2014 playoffs. “I mean, seven […]

  • Paul Gasol on Kevin Durant: Fractures happen

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Friends in fracture. That's what Pau Gasol and Kevin Durant are now. Following news of Durant's right foot fracture, the Chicago Bulls forward was asked about his own foot injury -- the same as Durant's -- which he sustained eight years ago as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies Gasol, who the Thunder tried to recruit this offseason in free agency, had foot surgery on the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot in 2006. "Fractures happen," Gasol said Monday following the Bulls' preseason win over the Nuggets. "I started to show some signs two years prior to the fracture and I was able to hold out for almost two years. From the point they started to see the little line of stress until the point actually broke, it was a year and a half or so. "You’ve got to take care of yourself, but there’s a luck factor. Injuries happen in this profession unfortunately but it’s part of our job, and there’s not much we can do besides take care of your body, make sure you’re on top of everything you’ve got going on, your weaker spots, and then understand that we’re all vulnerable and nobody’s unbreakable.”

  • NBA to experiment with shorter, 44-minute game

    Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    The Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will play a 44-minute game – four minutes shorter than a regulation game – in a preseason contest on Sunday. Playing four 11-minute quarters is a one-time preseason experiment by the NBA, which is "taking a fresh look" at all of the things it does, said president of basketball operations Rod Thorn. While players might still play the same amount of minutes per game they did before, clipping four minutes off of each game over an 82-game season would add up to about seven games worth of minutes eliminated. What could that potentially do for a player like Kevin Durant, who has  led the league in minutes played in three of his seven seasons? "One of the things that keeps coming up is our schedule and the length of our games," Thorn said. "Our coaches talked about it, and a lot of them seemed to be in favor of at least taking a look at it. We talked with our competition committee, and they were in favor of taking a look at it."

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Grizzlies Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    No Kevin Durant tonight, but the Oklahoma City Thunder makes its preseason home debut against the always-tough Memphis Grizzlies. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How concerning is Kevin Durant's foot fracture?

    Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 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 - 10/13 (<--Click here) - Kevin Durant is injured. The star forward is out an expected 6-8 weeks with a foot fracture. How serious is this news? What should Scott Brooks do to his rotation? Did Darnell survive the state fair in Dallas? We discuss.

  • Report: Kevin Durant still not sure of foot fracture treatment

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is still considering treatment options for the Jones fracture in his right foot and a decision about whether or not to have surgery won't likely be made today, USA Today's Sam Amick reports. Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Sunday that the injury Durant sustained typically required surgery, with a recovery time of 6-8 weeks.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook doesn't know what a meme is

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    With Kevin Durant out due to injury, Russell Westbrook has become the focal point of the Oklahoma City Thunder. But even before that, Westbrook was the center of an all-time great Internet meme. Russell Westbrook asked if he’s seen meme of him with MVP trophy: “I don’t know what memes is” pic.twitter.com/qYLraqM26e — Anthony Slater […]

  • Kobe Bryant suggests Kevin Durant can improve 'mental aspect' of game during injury | Inside the Lakers

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Kevin Durant will be out for up to two months with a fractured foot, but one of his mentors says the injury can help Durant in his mental game. Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who was sidelined for eight months with an Achilles injury, had some advice for Durant during his down time. “It’s tough. He’s gotta be patient and do what you can in the interim and study the game and try to improve the mental aspect of it,” Bryant said. “That’s what I already tried to do when I was out and come back a better player.”

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    What's life going to be like for the Thunder without Kevin Durant? Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Kevin Durant injury blow could be lessened by Thunder's early schedule

    Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Sunday morning that Kevin Durant could miss the first two months of the regular season with a fracture in his right foot, a big injury for a guy who hasn’t had many of them in his seven-year career. Since entering the NBA in 2007, Durant has played in 542 out […]

  • Live Coverage: Sam Presti/Kevin Durant Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Thunder general manager Sam Presti addresses the media on Kevin Durant's foot injury at 11:30 a.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Steven Adams take sides in OU-Texas Red River Rivalry

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Entering his second year in the NBA, it looks like Steven Adams is asserting himself more and more on the court. Looks like he’s putting his foot down in the smack-talk game as well. The Oklahoma City Thunder 7-footer engaged teammate and league MVP Kevin Durant in some fun Twitter warfare on Saturday. During the […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder takes the court for its second preseason game, this time against the Dallas Mavericks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • PHOTO: Oklahoma City Blue reveals court design

    Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Blue -- the Thunder's D-League affiliate -- released a photo of its new court design on its  Instagram account on Thursday. The floor has the OKC Blue logo in the center, along with smaller Thunder logos at the top and bottom of each side of the court. The Blue opens its first season in Oklahoma City Nov. 14 against the Maine Red Claws, 7 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.

  • Kevin Durant, HBO Sports team up for reality special 'The Offseason'

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s portfolio continues to expand, as the Thunder forward has teamed up with HBO Sports for the 1-hour reality special “The Offseason: Kevin Durant,” debuting Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. on HBO. The unscripted special is a first-person account of the life of Durant from the end of the 2013-14 season (May 31) to […]

  • Thunder reaction to 114-101 preseason loss at Denver

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    The Thunder dropped its preseason opener, 114-101, at Denver on Wednesday night. Steven Adams scored a team-high 15 points with seven rebounds and two blocked shots before fouling out in 21 minutes. Mitch McGary added 14 points with four rebounds in 36 minutes. Kevin Durant scored 11 points in 12 minutes, all of them coming […]

  • Five quick observations from the Thunder's 114-101 preseason loss in Denver

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Here are five quick observations from the Thunder’s 114-101 preseason loss in Denver on Wednesday night: 1. SteveO’s solid showing – Steven Adams had 14 points in the first quarter on Wednesday night. Kendrick Perkins has scored 14 points in a GAME for the Thunder only twice. So, yes, it was a loud opening statement from the second-year […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder are back in action against the Denver Nuggets in its first preseason game of the 2014-15 season. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.