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  • Nick Collison’s blood-stained shoes being auctioned off by Thunder

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is auctioning off a pair of historical shoes. Nick Collison’s game-worn shoes from the April 3 game against the San Antonio Spurs are up for bid as part of the Thunder Cares August Auction. You might ask: What’s so special about these particular shoes? Well, for starters, they have NICK COLLISON’S […]

  • OKC Thunder: Who should the Thunder play on Christmas Day?

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The NBA schedule will be released on Wednesday at 5 p.m., which means Christmas comes early for Thunder and NBA fans worldwide. As for the real Christmas, the Thunder has become as much a part of the NBA’s yearly tradition as any team, playing in four consecutive Christmas Day contests. The Thunder’s last Dec. 25 […]

  • Thunder, NBA schedule to be released Wednesday

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The NBA announced that it will release its 2014-15 schedule Wednesday at 5 p.m.

  • Clippers sale to Steve Ballmer goes through; Sterling out

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Steve Ballmer is officially the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The team says the sale closed Tuesday after a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the franchise. Her husband, Donald Sterling, had unsuccessfully fought the sale of the team he owned since 1981 in court.

  • New Kevin Durant colorway 'Calm Before the Storm'

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    There's a new colorway of the KD7 on the way. Nike Basketball tweeted out photos of the KD7 Calm Before the Storm on Tuesday. The shoe will be available on Aug. 16. Nike is currently in a negotiating battle with Under Armour and Adidas to sign Durant to his next big shoe and clothing endorsement deal, with Under Armour  rumored to have thrown a $30 million per year offer at KD. But let's live in the present. What do you think of the latest KD7?

  • Former No. 1 pick Greg Oden charged on multiple battery counts

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The Associated Press is reporting that former No. 1 pick Greg Oden has been charged by Indiana prosecutors with felony battery, misdemeanor domestic battery, and misdemeanor battery resulting in serious bodily injury. From The AP: The 26-year-old was arrested at his mother's suburban home in Lawrence, Indiana, on Thursday and released later that day from jail. An affidavit says a witness told police Oden punched the woman in the face, drawing blood. Oden, the top pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2007 NBA Draft, played 23 games for the Miami Heat last season.

  • James Harden, Landon Donovan in Short Memory Part 2 commercial

    Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    Last week, James Harden asked Charles Barkley for some advice leading into the upcoming NBA season. Barkley and Scottie Pippen showed Harden that all the greats have short memories in a hilarious commerical for Foot Locker . This week, it's Harden and Landon Donovan in Foot Locker's latest, as the former Thunder guard asks the recently-retired U.S. soccer icon how he handled getting cut from the national team this summer. Donovan has a short memory as well.

  • Thunder prospect Tibor Pleiss joins FC Barcelona

    Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Thunder frontcourt prospect Tibor Pleiss officially reached a two-year deal with FC Barcelona on Monday, as announced on fcbarcelona.com . Pleiss, 24, played the last two seasons for Laboral Kutxa in Spain, where he averaged 12 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 block per game in 24 contests. The 7-foot-1, 269 pounder was acquired by the Thunder in 2010. His move to Barcelona was  initially reported in early August by various sources.

  • Thunder chat: Anthony Slater talks potential deadline deals, NBA schedule and Durant distractions

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Join Anthony Slater at 11 a.m. for some Thunder talk on the Power Lunch chat. We're chatting about Kevin Durant's minutes, Team USA, Kevin Love and the Thunder offseason. Get your questions in here.

  • Kevin Durant replaced on Team USA by Kings forward Rudy Gay

    Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Rudy Gay has been called to replace Kevin Durant on the USA Basketball roster battling for one of the final 12 spots to go to the FIBA World Cup. Durant withdrew from Team USA on Thursday, citing fatigue. That's opens the door for Gay, who offers versatility by being able to play both forward spots in international competition. The U.S. needs as many frontcourt players as it can get following Durant's withdrawal and Paul George's injury. Kevin Love, Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge have all pulled out of Team USA duty this summer as well.

  • Kevin Durant defends Kobe Bryant on Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Kevin Durant said a few weeks back that he was deleting Twitter from his phone. That doesn’t mean he’s staying off social media all together, however. And just because he pulled out of Team USA for the summer, doesn’t mean he’s removing himself from basketball barber shop talk. Durant got into a healthy debate with […]

  • Kevin Durant to withdraw from Team USA Basketball

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant announced Thursday that he is withdrawing from Team USA Basketball this summer. Kevin Durant statement - pic.twitter.com/5gslzSYEHt — Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) August 7, 2014 //   // As recently as this week, it was reported that no more players would withdraw from Team USA this summer following George's injury. The injury to Paul George in a Team USA scrimmage is reportedly not the reason for Durant's decision. Durant joins the long list of stars to withdraw from Team USA this summer. Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook was one of the first to pull out of the player pool earlier this summer. Early last week, Durant spoke of sticking around

  • Kevin Durant gives first look at NBA2K15

    Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Kevin Durant gave us a first-hand look at some video from NBA2K15, set for release Oct. 7 on multiple platforms. Durant pubbed the video above via his Instagram account on Thursday.

  • Kevin Love is going to Cleveland and how it affects the Thunder

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    The trade can't be completed until Aug. 23, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports thath the Minnesota Timberwolves have an agreement to send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick. West to East. That's the biggest effect on the Thunder and the league. Love moving to the Cavs is another feather in the lesser conference's hat. The Love move emphasizes NBA team's desire to lump a trio of stars together for a championship run. There have been Super Friends trios throughout NBA history, but the trend of trading and pairing up three elite players fired up with the Boston Celtics in 2008 (Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce), continued with the Miami Heat (James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade) and carries on with the Cavs. The big difference between the Western Conference super trios in that time and the East's is that the Spurs and Thunder created theirs in house. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker for the Spurs. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka for the Thunder. The Washington Wizards are thinking Super Friends 2016 with KD-John Wall-Bradley Beal. If that happened, the power balance would shift for sure. But as for now, the West is still king in talent and depth, particularly with questions in the East about Derrick Rose being able to stay healthy in Chicago and Paul George's gruesome injury sidelining him for probably all of the 2014-15 season. Love's move doesn't effect the Thunder in terms of how they're going to get out of the West. It's still San Antonio and everyone else.

  • Greg Oden arrested on battery charges

    Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Former No. 1 NBA draft pick Greg Oden has been arrested in Indianapolis on misdemeanor battery charges. Police in the suburban community of Lawrence say the 26-year-old was arrested early Thursday on two preliminary counts of misdemeanor battery and remains jailed. Oden was selected first overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, one spot ahead of Thunder forward Kevin Durant.

  • Tell us who should be the next Thunder TV analyst

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    There will be a new Thunder TV team in 2014-15. We need to get this figured out. The combination of Brian Davis and Grant Long had become a Thunder television staple since the team arrived in 2008. But with Long resigning in July after six seasons on the Thunder broadcast, there’s a void that needs […]

  • Marcus Smart, Kevin Durant get plenty of love on NBA Rookie Survey

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    The results from the NBA's Rookie Survey are out, and Marcus Smart is thought highly of by his fellow classmates. At the league's annual Rookie Photo Shoot Sunday, 38 rookies were asked eight questions about the rookie class. Smart tied for best rookie defender with K.J. McDaniels of Clemson. Each player received 13.5 percent of the vote from their peers. The former Oklahoma State guard also was voted third in the "best playmaker" category behind Tyler Ennis and Kyle Anderson, and was second in the "funniest rookie" vote behind Twitter star Joel Embiid. Smart stole the show at the rookie photo shoot after he did a hilarious scavenger hunt for ESPN's SportsNation. Twenty-five percent of rookies said Kevin Durant was their favorite player in the NBA. Durant beat out Kobe Bryant (19.4 percent) and LeBron James (12.5). Thunder teammate Mitch McGary tied for second in the "most overlooked" rookie category with 8.3 percent of the vote. More than 50 percent of the rookie class thinks Milwaukee's Jabari Parker will be the rookie of the year. Seven years ago, Durant was the rookie of the year choice in the survey.

  • Blake Griffin working out, says 'back is not fractured'

    Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who pulled out Team USA practices to allow a small fracture in his back to heal, continues to work out and expects to be ready for next season. The former OU star told the Los Angeles Times "It's less than a hairline, and my back is not fractured. I can still come out here, and I can do my workouts, and I can do everything I used to do. I just shouldn't be playing and practicing every day." Griffin  withdrew from Team USA on July 24 to rest up for the NBA season. He was one of  several high profile NBA players to pull out of Team USA camp this summer. "My whole thing is I didn't want to go inot [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position."

  • ABA memories: Don't believe Will Ferrell

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about David Vance and the birth of the blocked shot as an official statistic. You can read that column here. But the occasion gave Vance and I reason to look at all kinds of great memories about the ABA. The American Basketball Association spent nine years as an upstart […]

  • San Antonio Spurs name Becky Hammon first hired female assistant coach in NBA history

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    The San Antonio Spurs announced that Becky Hammon has been hired as an assistant coach, making Hammon the first female assistant coach in NBA history. Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season with the San Antonio Stars, announced on July 23 that she would retire as a player at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445).