• Column: Kevin Durant's most recent homecoming was disastrous for Washington

    Published: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    The Washington Post's Jerry Brewer writes that the Wizards 125-101 loss to Oklahoma City on Tuesday was "so horrible, so sobering, it should force KD2DC dreamers to prepare for the possibility that a homecoming isn’t meant to be." Here's some other nuggets from Brewer's column:  -- "Given the opportunity to impress home-bred free agent-to-be  Kevin Durant , the Wizards watched the evening turn into one of those calamitous D.C. sporting lows that makes people swear the local teams are cursed." -- "On this splendid occasion, a portion of the crowd booed Durant, the man it is supposed to be wooing. ... One fan held up a neon sign asking Durant to come home. The sign should’ve requested that Durant forget this day ever happened." -- "If it was painful to watch the Wizards fail to make a lasting impression, imagine the disappointment if Durant doesn’t choose the Wizards next July, and the franchise doesn’t have an adequate fallback option."

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant leaves Wizards game with left hamstring issue

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    In his annual homecoming, Kevin Durant was putting on a show for the D.C. fans, compiling 14 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the first half. But on a drive late in the second quarter, Durant came up gimpy, grabbing at his left hamstring after being fouled. He finished out the half, but never looked right, heading to the locker room with Thunder doctors by his side. Durant never emerged for the second half, with the team officially deeming it a left hamstring strain. Kyle Singler started in his place. Durant missed 55 games last season dealing with persistent foot problems. He'd played every game so far this year. Kevin Durant holds his left hamstring after drive in second

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Wizards

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    The Thunder is on the road at Washington looking to build on Sunday's win. Follow up-to-the-minute updates on tonight's matchup from Thunder writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Q&A: Kevin Durant meets with D.C. media, talks about his return home

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    As the Thunder wrapped up shootaround on Tuesday morning, more than 10 cameras and 30-plus media members were awaiting Kevin Durant in the tunnel. He's back in Washington D.C., his home town, if you haven't heard. And the press there had questions. Here is his Q&A: Your thoughts about playing at home in D.C. for the one time per year? KD: "Looking forward to the game. Playing a really good team, fast team, gonnna test us on both ends of the court. Good to see my family tonight. Haven't seen them in awhile, played in front of them in awhile." You had some comments over the weekend about what last year was like. What do you mean by those comments? Because you know the intent of the fans here is good.

  • Daniel Orton to play for D-League Santa Cruz Warriors

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder center and Bishop McGuinness High School star Daniel Orton has found another basketball shot on the west coast. According to Yahoo Sports, Orton will suit up this weekend for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Developmental League. Santa Cruz is an affiliate of the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Ex-NBA center Daniel Orton is expected to be in uniform with D-League Santa Cruz for their opener on Friday vs Bakersfield, sources told Y! — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 9, 2015 Orton (6-foot-10, 255 pounds) was drafted 29th overall by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's first Player Tribune piece debuts

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    When Kevin Durant was announced in September as the new deputy publisher of The Players' Tribune, the Derek Jeter startup site said to expect editorial content from Durant in the coming weeks. That content arrived Monday, as The Players' Tribune released a piece penned by Durant entitled "In the Moment," touches on his health ("My foot's good"), his conditioning ("My conditioning will be there, but that takes a little time"), and the future ("trying to say how our team’s going to do — that’s other people’s jobs"). But it mostly dives into Durant's developing love of photography.

  • Anthony Morrow has fallen from favor before

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Anthony Morrow’s minutes are going in the wrong direction. Morrow played 22 minutes in the Thunder’s 112-106 victory over the Spurs on opening night. Then he played14 minutes in a double-overtime victory at Orlando. And 16 minutes Nov. 1 against Denver. But since then, Morrow has played five minutes vs. Houston, six minutes vs. Toronto, five minutes vs. Chicago and not at all vs. Phoenix. Billy Donovan says Morrow’s DNP (did not play) against the Suns had to do with matchups. Phoenix’s lineup of small, quick guards made it tough on finding a matchup for Morrow. Maybe. But it sure seems like Morrow is falling out of favor with his coach. If so, it won’t be the first time.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams still experiencing soreness in back

    erik horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Steven Adams started and held his own defensively against the Phoenix Suns, but the Thunder center is still battling some back soreness. In 20 minutes against the Suns, Adams had seven points, five rebounds, and five blocks in OKC's 124-103 win Sunday. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Adams will still be monitored leading up to game time against the Wizards on Tuesday. "He was a little sore yesterday. I think that's to be expected, to be somewhat normal," Donovan said Monday. "We'll probably get a better gauge on him tomorrow at shootaround. We feel like we got out of the game where he has not had a setback. (The back) hasn't been a problem for him, him playing the minutes he did yesterday.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's 'skip' against Wizards a fond memory for Kevin Durant

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Remember the last time the Oklahoma City Thunder played the Washington Wizards? The Jan. 21 win for the Thunder was sealed with a skip. When Russell Westbrook finished off the Wizards last year with a slalom run to the basket and score with 1 second left in a 105-103 overtime win in D.C., the Thunder guard finished the play off with by skipping in front of a dejected Wizards bench. The scene was one of the signature moments of Westbrook's MVP campaign last season and inspired a flurry of Internet memes dedicated to Westbrook. When asked Monday about Westbrook's unforgettable moment, Kevin Durant smiled and went into flashback mode. "It was a fun game," Durant said.

  • Wizards Bradley Beal calls Thunder's Billy Donovan "one of the best coaches I played for"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The action-packed NBA circuit has already reunited Billy Donovan with a batch of his former Florida players, including Mike Miller, Matt Bonner, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah. On Tuesday night, Donovan will coach against his former star shooting guard, Washington's Bradley Beal, for the first time. After Wizards practice on Monday, Beal reminisced about his former coach. "He was one of the best coaches I’ve every played for," Beal said. "I loved playing for him because he never guaranteed me anything. That’s the main reason I went there. He told me I had to earn everything and he was going to put me in the best position to succeed and I had to work hard for it. I appreciated that

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant calls last Wizards, D.C. reception 'disrespectful'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    It's been an interesting stretch early this season for the Thunder and road buzz/reunions. Billy Donovan was able to get his potentially awkward return to Orlando out of the way early. Now it's Kevin Durant's turn as he will certainly face free agency questions when he returns to his hometown of Washington D.C., on Tuesday to play the Wizards. Yahoo Sports' Michael Lee and USA Today's Sam Amick each wrote about Durant's impending return to D.C. Per Lee's story, at the Jan. 21 game there was even a weather promotion on the Verizon Center video screen which briefly showed a photoshopped image of Durant in a Wizards jersey. On Monday, Durant reiterated his

  • Thunder Q&A: Earl Watson, former OKC guard, getting NBA coaching start with Suns

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Earl Watson, 32, has wanted to be a coach ever since his days as a guard at UCLA, where he was mentored by the late John Wooden. In June, the Phoenix Suns provided the 13-year NBA veteran with his first coaching opportunity in the league as an assistant on their staff. Watson, who played 68 games at point guard on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s inaugural team in 2008-09, returned to Oklahoma City with the Suns on Sunday and took some time to sit down with The Oklahoman: The Oklahoman: What stood out to you most about the year you spent in Oklahoma City? Watson: “The way Sam Presti built it. They mirror the Spurs a lot. I see it more than ever. He’s building a family, he’s not

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Suns

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    After three straight losses, the Thunder is looking to pick up a win against Phoenix. Follow our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web for up-to-the-minute updates on tonight's matchup.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 103-98 loss to the Raptors

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    Here are five observations from the Thunder's 103-98 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday night: 1. Late-half crumbling - With 5:11 left in the first half, the Thunder led by eight. OKC went into halftime trailing by one. With 5:13 left in the fourth quarter, the Thunder again led by eight. OKC lost by five. Combined those two stretches and the Thunder was outscored by 22. That's 10 crucial minutes that were just botched. The more memorable of those meltdowns, of course, came in the fourth quarter. In the final five minutes, the Thunder didn't make a field goal, missing all six of their shots. There were grumblings from fans about the isolation ball, the lack of movement and creativity. And I get that.

  • Thunder Q&A: Former OKC assistant Rex Kalamian returns with Toronto Raptors

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    With more than 20 years of NBA experience under his belt, Rex Kalamian knows a good team when he see it. He was a major part of the Thunder’s development from 2009-2015, spending six seasons in Oklahoma City, his final two as lead assistant to Scott Brooks. With a new regime in place in Oklahoma City following the firing of Brooks, Kalamian is now in his first season with the Toronto Raptors as an assistant. Kalamian, who’s family still lives in Oklahoma City, took some time to speak with The Oklahoman before the Thunder-Raptors game on Wednesday: The Oklahoman: Is your role with the Raptors similar to what you’ve been doing with the Thunder? Kalamian: “Very

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Raptors

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    The Thunder is looking to bounce back against Toronto on Wednesday night. Follow our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web for up-to-the-minute updates.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka explain their new celebrations

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    New seasons often bring new celebrations. Four games in, a pair of the Thunder's biggest stars have changed up their post-highlight routine. Kevin Durant has gone through a ton of celebrations over the years, most memorably the "kill 'em and then pray for 'em" after a dunk against the Warriors years back. But that earned him a fine because of the throat slash. His newest one should be clear under NBA rules. After big shots in the first four games, Durant has wandered back down court looking like he's beating a drum. After Wednesday's shootaround, he explained the celebration: "Watch the Drummer get wicked," Durant said.

  • Power Lunch: chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Join The Oklahoman's Erik Horne to talk Thunder basketball in the Power Lunch Chat at 11 a.m.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What have we learned early this season?

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 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 Buddies - 11/03 (<–Click Here) -- We're already four games in to this Thunder season. What have we learned so far? What are your thoughts on Billy Donovan's rotation? Who has surprised most? We discuss. Archive Thunder Buddies - 10/26 -- The NBA season is finally upon us! The Thunder tips off on Wednesday

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Previewing the upcoming NBA season

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 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 Buddies - 10/26 (<–Click Here) -- The NBA season is finally upon us! The Thunder tips off on Wednesday against the Spurs in OKC. In preparation, we do our annual over/under podcast, previewing every Thunder player. Enjoy. Archive Thunder Buddies - 10/22 -- Civilian capologist Jon Hamm joins the show to discuss Kevin