• NBA commissioner Adam Silver says 'stay tuned' for regular-season game in Africa

    Published: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver says "stay tuned" for a regular-season game in Africa as the league prepares to play its first exhibition on the continent. Team World will take on Team Africa in an exhibition Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (who will not play in the game) as one of the main ambassadors. Silver didn't put a time frame on when the NBA will bring a regular-season game to Africa, but says his aim is to put the league on a "fast track" to grow in the continent.

  • Thunder coach Billy Donovan's backstory to be detailed in five-part series

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    OKC THUNDER -- The Thunder has a new coach in Billy Donovan, but there's much about the 50-year-old fans don't know yet. Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater preview The Oklahoman's five-part series on Donovan, which starts Sunday.

  • Matt Barnes on Serge Ibaka: 'He’s just dirty'

    Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    Last week, Matt Barnes went on ESPN's SportsNation and said he wanted to fight  Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. He was at it again on Tuesday on Memphis radio, per Clippers beat writer Dan Woike . "He's just dirty," Barnes said about Ibaka. "...He hit Blake (Griffin) in the nuts twice." Ibaka and Griffin have had a series of mini-skirmishes on the court that have turned the Los Angeles Clippers-Oklahoma City Thunder matchup into a full-blown power forward rivalry . Barnes was traded from the Clippers to the Eastern Conference's Charlotte Hornets, but he's now with the Memphis Grizzlies, so he'll still get to see his buddy Serge on a regular basis.

  • OKC Thunder to face Turkish team Fenerbache Ulker in preseason home game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A couple preseasons ago, the Thunder traveled overseas and made a stop in Istanbul, facing Turkish team Fenerbahçe Ülker in a friendly exhibition. This preseason, Fenerbache is returning the favor, traveling stateside to face the Thunder. The game will be played on October 9th in Oklahoma City, confirmed by the Turkish club. Fenerbahçe Ülker will face the @BrooklynNets on October 5 at Barclays Center and the @okcthunder on October 9 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. — Fenerbahçe Ülker (@fenerbahceulker) July 28, 2015 Fenerbahçe Ülker also happens to be the professional club where Thunder center Enes Kanter, a Turkey

  • OKC Thunder: What do you think of the leaked orange jerseys?

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Last week, new NBA alternate jerseys leaked onto the web, with it revealing a Thunder thread that has long simmered among the fanbase as an intriguing possibility. Orange jerseys. The image itself was grainy, but the mockup pictured above -- via Justin Peabody -- provides a clearer picture of what they will potentially look like. So we ask you, Thunder fans, what do you think of them? Are you an Oklahoma fan who cringes at the orange? Or an Oklahoma State fan who will be waiting outside the team shop the first day these get put on sale? Or are you without an allegiance to either school but with a strong opinion on the aesthetic look of it? Comment below or send your emails to

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams will not compete with the New Zealand national team this summer

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Earlier this summer, Enes Kanter was left off the Turkish national team for what he labeled "political reasons." A few days later, Serge Ibaka was left off the Spanish national team for roster budgeting reasons (Nikola Mirotic took the club's only spot for a naturalized citizen). Now there's another Thunder player that won't be suiting up for his national team this summer. And it's for personal reasons. Steven Adams' representatives recently told a New Zealand website that Adams respectfully declined an invite to play with the Tall Blacks in August's Oceania series against Australia.

  • OKC Thunder: Why it's unlikely Mike Miller lands on the Thunder's roster

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Cleveland Cavaliers executed a cash-dump deal on Sunday night, shipping Brendon Haywood and Mike Miller into Portland's cap space and getting a trade exception in return. Haywood and his non-guaranteed $10.5 million contract will assuredly be cut in the coming days. Miller's $2.85 million salary, while guaranteed, is also expected to be bought out. If that comes to fruition, the Thunder serve as an intriguing landing spot for Miller, an aging but highly respected veteran sharpshooter who has flirted with Oklahoma City in the past. Miller, of course, played under new Thunder coach Billy Donovan at Florida between 1998-2000.

  • Could Kendrick Perkins be an NBA assistant coach?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Kendrick Perkins has signed with the New Orleans Pelicans, which is good for Perk. Good team. Good role, as a mentor to Anthony Davis while serving as a deep reserve on a team with Davis, Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca. Perkins can't play like he once did. His body is worn out. It's got to be frustrating for a player whose value always was being in the right place at the right time but now can't get there, even if he knows exactly when and where to be. But Gran Torino is still good to have around. LeBron James wanted him on the Cavs' roster for Cleveland's stretch run. The Thunder was sad to see Perkins go, even though trading him helped bring a restocked roster. New Orleans, an up and comer if ever there was one, is

  • Is the Thunder getting orange jerseys?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    A few days ago, the Indiana Pacers announced a new alternative jersey that set the Twitter world aflame. The threads, to be worn in select games next season, have ‘Hickory’ on the front — an ode to the legendary sports movie Hoosiers. On Wednesday night, new alternative jerseys for every NBA team leaked onto the […]

  • Retaining divisional scheduling will help the Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league likely will do away with any automatic playoff qualification or seeding for division winners. As I’ve written, that’s fine, so long as you get rid of divisions. But it’s goofy to have divisions and no reward for division winners. Reminds me of a great scene from “The Wonder Years.” Kevin Arnold is paired in science class with some dorky girl, who sort of takes a shine to him and Kevin actually realizes she’s not so bad. But admitting that publicly would be the end days for young Kev socially. So he tells Margaret Fahrquar sure, they can be friends. They just can’t really talk on the phone. Or talk at school. Or act like they know each other. But

  • Lakers free agent signings were asked about Kobe Bryant and it got quiet and awkward

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The Los Angeles Lakers introduced three new free agent signings - Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass - on Wednesday, and things got a little weird when Kobe Bryant was brought up. Reporter: "Have any of you guys heard from Kobe, and if so, what did he say?" Players: Awkward. A video posted by Dave McMenamin (@davemcten) on Jul 22, 2015 at 11:29am PDT // That is some loud

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook impersonator back with James Harden, Tim Duncan videos

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A few weeks ago, @BdotAdot5 - an overseas professional basketball player and self-proclaimed "social media icon," posted video of his spot-on Russell Westbrook impression. The video went viral and even Westbrook thought it was funny. Well, he's back, this time with impressions of James Harden and Tim Duncan that are hilarious and accurate. First, Duncan:  Tim Duncan be like… (IB: @ericvdunn) FT: @JHDeuce & @That_Guyy23 #MrFundamental pic.twitter.com/8szScRB5lO — B.A. (@BdotAdot5) July 21, 2015 And the joy of Harden: This impersonation of #JamesHarden by @BdotAdot5 is SPOT ON.

  • Westbrook, Thunder shut out at first NBPA Players' Awards

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Former Thunder guard James Harden came away with the Most Valuable Player award from the first National Basketball Players Association Players’ Awards. Awards were handed out Sunday, but were revealed on an awards show which aired on BET Tuesday night, with the Houston Rockets shooting guard beating out Stephen Curry - the NBA's 2014-15 MVP - for the award. In addition to the MVP award, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was nominated for the "Clutch Performer" and "Hardest to Guard" awards, but was shut out. Oracle Arena (Golden State Warriors) beat out Chesapeake Energy Arena for "Best Homecourt Advantage." The call for players’ choice awards in the NBA was answered after Kevin Durant expressed his desire for players to have more of a say in the NBA postseason awards. Durant voiced his opinion at the All-Star game in February, and the NBPA followed suit with its own awards in which players determine the winners, not the media. “I think the media and guys get too much power to vote on stuff that quite frankly I don’t think you really know a lot about (or) as much as we (players) know about it,” Durant said in New York. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

  • Report: Kendrick Perkins signs 1-year deal with Pelicans

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins has signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to multiple reports. Perkins, 30, was traded to the Utah Jazz in February as part of a three-team deal that landed the Thunder Enes Kanter, Steve Novak, Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin and sent Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons. Perkins was later waived and picked up for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost in six games to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Perkins returns to the Western Conference to play as a backup behind center Omer Asik and emerging All-Star forward Anthony Davis. The Pelicans beat out the Thunder for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs last season.

  • Matt Barnes says he'd fight Serge Ibaka, so Ibaka asked UFC's Dana White

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes was on ESPN's SportsNation on Tuesday and he brought some fighting words for Serge Ibaka. Barnes and Ibaka had some physical battles when Barnes played for the Los Angeles Clippers, the most notable coming in 2013 when both players were ejected in L.A . When asked about his beef with Ibaka, Barnes didn't hold back. "Me and Serge could fight right now if he was here," Barnes said with a slight smile on his face. "I just don't like him. "He's got that era (sic) about him like he's the toughest guy on the planet. He's not." Ibaka had some fun with Barnes' comments, bringing UFC president Dana White into the mix.

  • Thunder players hold offseason meet-up, workout in Los Angeles

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    The Thunder returns nearly its entire roster from last season. It didn't add a single player in free agency. Three of its core players -- Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison -- have been in Oklahoma City since the franchise's inaugural season. But in many ways next year's version of the Thunder feels like a completely new version of the Thunder. Last year, much of the roster had its season stuttered by injuries. Kevin Durant has still yet to play a professional game with Enes Kanter, D.J. Augustin or Kyle Singler. He's only played five with Mitch McGary. And, of course, Billy Donovan's arrival changes the coaching equation. He brings a new style, system and staff.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant (foot) increases activity during offseason workout with Russell Westbrook

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    One day after testing his surgically repaired foot during Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game in Seattle, Kevin Durant was back in a more comfortable realm, cranking up his offseason activity on the basketball court. And he had some star-studded company. On Monday morning, Durant and teammate Russell Westbrook, aided by Thunder staffers, went through an intensified workout in a Los Angeles gym. Durant was seen cutting, jumping, running and dunking, activities he's been unable to perform since his late March foot surgery. In an offseason loaded with intriguing free agent additions by the Thunder's competition, this remains OKC's most important summer storyline.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant participates in Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    With each passing week, it seems Kevin Durant and his surgically repaired foot are getting closer to full-contact hoops action. Our latest sign came on an MLB baseball field. On Sunday, Durant was back in Seattle, participating in Richard Sherman's celebrity softball game. The contest was played in Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. Durant reportedly got a big ovation from the crowd -- he played in the Emerald City his rookie season -- before experiencing mixed results in his softball debut. He dropped an easy fly ball in the outfield -- "The sun got in my eyes," he said -- but later redeemed himself by catching one.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams continues busy summer with Nick Collison bro-trip

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Following his second NBA season, and with more time than expected on his hands this summer, Steven Adams has already had quite the offseason. At least that’s what the various social media snapshots would indicate. Soon after the Thunder’s season completed in mid-April, Adams took a trip back to his home country of New Zealand. But […]

  • Want to send your kid to Kevin Durant's camp? All it takes is a game face

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Do you know someone who deserves a spot at the Kevin Durant Basketball Camp? Post a selfie of your first through sixth grader's best game face using #GameFaceOK to your favorite social media outlet, and you could win one of three passes to the 2015 Kevin Durant Basketball ProCamp, which will be Aug. 6-7. For complete contest rules, visit oklahoman.com/bestsports.