• Five questions with Thunder general manager Sam Presti

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    The arrival of Billy Donovan was just the start of what is sure to be a busy off-season for the Thunder. Over the next several weeks and months, the team must fill out Donovan’s staff, prepare for the NBA Draft, hit the summer league circuit and make critical decisions on multiple players in free agency. […]

  • Blake Griffin playing the best basketball of his career

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Blake Griffin made first-team all-NBA last season and finished third in the MVP voting. This season, Griffin got a solitary fourth-place vote for MVP and won’t make first-team all-NBA. But he’s playing the best basketball of his career. And we’ve seen Griffin, Oklahoma City born and bred, play a lot of good basketball. Monday night, […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you assess the Billy Donovan hire?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 4, 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 […]

  • Billy Donovan on possible return to UF: 'I know I have a history, of that, but 'no''

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    In a classy move, new Thunder coach Billy Donovan returned to Gainesville, Fla., for a farewell press conference with the Florida media. Last week, Donovan said “they deserve the chance to ask me questions,” referring to the media that covered him in his 19 seasons at UF. His final question of the presser was about […]

  • Russell Westbrook finishes fourth in NBA MVP voting

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Despite missing 15 regular season games, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was still one of the top finishers in the NBA’s Most Valuable Player voting for 2014-15. Westbrook finished fourth behind a slew of the best players in the game. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry beat Houston Rockets (and former Thunder) guard James Harden for […]

  • WATCH: Billy Donovan's Florida farewell press conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Billy Donovan goes back to Gainesville to talk to the media after being hired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Watch the press conference here.

  • Chat Recap: Anthony Slater answers your Thunder questions

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat, taking a deeper dive into the Billy Donovan hire, the NBA Playoffs, and the MVP voting. Here's the recap:

  • Jack Ramsay's advice for college coaches jumping to the NBA

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Jack Ramsay is one of the few success stories among college coaches who jumped to the NBA. Ramsay, who died a year ago at age 89, spent 11 years coaching Saint Joseph’s, then resigned in 1966 due to medical reasons. He went across town and became general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. One season later, […]

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan heading back to Florida for farewell press conference

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Brace yourselves, Thunder fans — Billy Donovan is heading back to Florida. But only for a couple days. The new Thunder coach — who was once the Orlando Magic coach for a day before bolting back to Gainesville — showed up in Oklahoma City to much fanfare on Friday afternoon. He met the press at an […]

  • David Thorpe says Billy Donovan is going to be a lot like Scott Brooks

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Lots of opinions about the Thunder hire of Billy Donovan. But my favorite NBA analyst is David Thorpe, a former coach who now works with players individually — he’s worked with Serge Ibaka — and is a regular contributor to truehoop blog. Thorpe talked about Donovan in an interview with Henry Abott, which you can […]

  • VIDEO: Billy Donovan's introductory Thunder press conference

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan was introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Watch the entire press conference here and review The Oklahoman's live coverage.

  • Similarities abound between Billy Donovan and Barry Switzer

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan and Bob Stoops go way back. Both arrived at the University of Florida in 1996, Donovan as head basketball coach, Stoops as Steve Spurrier’s defensive coordinator. Stoops stayed three years at Florida before becoming OU’s head coach and restoring Sooner glory. Donovan stayed 19 years at Florida before becoming the Thunder’s head coach […]

  • Chat Recap: Where does Billy Donovan rank among NBA coaches? Darnell Mayberry explains

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Before Billy Donovan was introduced Friday, Darnell Mayberry answered your Thunder and NBA related questions on the Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap.

  • Kevin Durant talks about new Thunder coach Billy Donovan

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Kevin Durant on Thursday expressed excitement about the hiring of Billy Donovan as Thunder coach, saying he can’t wait to get started with Donovan. Here’s a full transcript of what Durant said about Donovan. Q: What was your reaction when you heard the news? A: I was excited. When you don’t have a coach, it’s […]

  • What does Sam Presti really mean when he talks about Billy Donovan?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The Thunder has a coach. Billy Donovan is the man, unless he backs out and goes back to the University of Florida, like he did eight years ago, five days after taking the Orlando Magic job. I assume that won’t happen again. I assume Donovan and Sam Presti have had that talk. The Donovan press […]

  • VIDEO: Florida creates classy Billy Donovan tribute

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Billy Donovan is the new coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a move the University of Florida saw coming, as it released a video tribute on Thursday via gatorzone.com. The 1-minute, 50-second video is pure class, and pays homage to Donovan's impact throughout his 19 years in Gainesville. From gatorzone.com: "Eight years after he backed out of a deal with the Orlando Magic, it was going to be hard for Billy Donovan to leave the Gators again. This time, though, it was the right time; the right situation."

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Will the Thunder coaching search end with Billy Donovan? If so, why did the Thunder go after the Florida head coach? Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Houston Rockets fire person who sent out horse and gun tweet

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Houston Rockets have fired their digital communications manager, Chad Shanks, apparently because of a tweet he sent out over the team’s Twitter account Tuesday night. Tuesday night, the Rockets closed out the Mavericks in their first-round series. Following the win, the tweet above was sent out with two emojis of a horse head and […]

  • Thunder: If you didn't like late-game coaching from Scott Brooks, brace yourself for Billy Donovan

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    One of the gripes about Scott Brooks heard most often over the years was his coaching late in games. Plays weren’t well-designed. Players in the game weren’t the best options. You might want to brace yourself, Thunder Nation. One of the biggest knocks on the prohibitive favorite to replace Brooks is poor coaching late in games. […]

  • Kevin Durant made Scottie Pippen's all-time starting five

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    When Scottie Pippen gives you props, you have to pay attention. The Hall of Famer fielded questions on Twitter this week and was asked about picking his all-time starting five. There was one catch, however – Pippen couldn’t select any members from Dream Team I which crushed all competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics in […]




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