• Kendrick Perkins responds to Marreese Speights: "It's his world, I'm just living in it"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Warriors backup center Marreese Speights torched the Thunder for a surprising  28 points on Sunday night. Then after the game, he made some surprising comments — jokingly crediting Kendrick Perkins by ripping the Thunder big man’s game. “It’s just that Perk always has something to say,” Speights told reporters. “He thinks he’s a tough guy, […]

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participate in 'most' of Thunder practice

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participated in ‘most’ of Thunder practice on Monday afternoon, including contact drills for the first time since their injuries. “They did participate and looked good,” Scott Brooks said. The superstar duo continues an accelerated path toward recovery, with each expected to return at some point during the early part of their […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook participate in contact portions of practice

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook participated in the majority of the team's practice today, including some contact portions, per The Oklahoman's  Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater . Even though both are practicing, per NBA rules regarding the hardship exception,  neither are eligible to return to the lineup until Friday (vs. New York Knicks) at the earliest. Mayberry explained the hardship exception in relation to the duo's return in his Saturday piece: The positives within their progression, coupled with the Thunder’s increasingly unsatisfactory record, are indications that both could return sooner than expected. It’s possible the Thunder is targeting Friday’s home game against New York for Westbrook’s return. It would be the day before his originally scheduled evaluation date. It’s also the earliest either player — or fellow injured teammates Mitch McGary and Grant Jerrett — can return due to the NBA’s hardship rules. The league granted the Thunder an additional roster spot above the maximum of 15, which the Thunder used to sign point guard Ish Smith. The supplemental spot is available in 10-day stretches, and Smith’s second 10 days expire Thanksgiving. Durant and Westbrook  partcipated in some non-contact portions of Thunder practice on Saturday. The duo hasn't played together at all this season, as Durant (foot) has missed the entire regular season thusfar, and Westbrook (hand) has played in just two games. The Thunder has started the season 3-12.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The Thunder is in a slump. Is help on the way from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook? Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry your Thunder and NBA related questions at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Marreese Speights on Kendrick Perkins: "He thinks he's a tough guy...but his game is terrible"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The Thunder did its primary defensive duty about as well as can be expected on Sunday night, limiting Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to a combined 35 points on an inefficient 11-of-35 shooting. But in OKC’s 91-86 loss, the Thunder was burned by an unlikely foe — Marreese Speights. Golden State’s backup big man had a […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to participate in parts of Saturday's practice

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    When the Thunder’s Friday morning shootaround opened for reporters, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were seen on a far court, continuing to intensify their individual workouts. Wearing a protective splint, Westbrook dribbled and shot with his surgically repaired right hand. Durant, meanwhile, rose off his surgically repaired right foot for a pair of easy dunks. “They […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nets

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Can the Thunder end a four-game slide? Follow OKC against the Brooklyn Nets with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma sports fans: What are you thankful for in your sports world?

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    If you’re a sports fan in Oklahoma, you know that times are rough. OU and OSU football are down. The Thunder is struggling. But Thanksgiving is coming, so we’re looking for things in your sports world for which you’re still thankful. Could be funny. Could be serious. Send your thoughts to Jenni Carlson at jcarlson@opubco.com, […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is it time to panic about the Thunder's playoff chances?

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 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 - 11/20 (<--Click here) - After four straight losses, the Thunder is 3-10 and in dead last in the Western Conference. Is it time for full-scale panic in OKC? Are the playoffs becoming unlikely? What's up with Reggie Jackson? How about Serge Ibaka? We discuss.

  • Kobe Bryant on Durant vs. Howard: You'll say things you don't really mean

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A big deal has been made of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard not being looked at in the nicest way by NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. And by "not being looked at in the nicest way," I mean being called a " p---y " and " soft " by Durant and Bryant, respectively, in a three-week stretch. But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets,  Bryant was asked about his whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: | "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean."

  • Kevin Durant adds endorsement deal with Sonic

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    On Thursday, Kevin Durant -- who has more endorsement deals than any other NBA player -- signed on with fast food drive-in chain Sonic to be its first-ever athlete ambassador. "Everything that Kevin pitches comes from an authentic point of view," said Michael Yormark, president and chief of branding and strategy for Roc Nation, Jay Z's agency that represents Durant. "When it comes to grab-and-go food, KD's a Sonic guy." Durant  hinted at his newest partnership on Wednesday via Twitter, saying "getting excited to announce my newest partner ... the name is gonna be familiar." Durant added via Twitter Thursday morning that's looking forward to working with Sonic on a variety of healthy options on their menu.  ESPN reports say Durant had to get approval from KIND that he wouldn't position himself to endorse unhealthy brands.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder, looking to stop a three-game losing skid against, faces off against the Denver Nuggets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Marcus Smart closer to returning to action for Celtics

    Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Marcus Smart looked like he'd be out for a while after what looked like a serious ankle injury a few weeks ago, but the Boston Celtics guard could be back on the court as early as Sunday. The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn says Smart was on the court with teammates Wednesday, taking jumpers with his left ankle taped. Twelve days ago, the former Oklahoma State guard was projected to be out two to three weeks. "I think there's the potential he could be back as early as next week," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant and Steve Nash discuss their love of basketball

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    This offseason, Kevin Durant spent some time with Steve Nash. The reigning MVP working out with a former MVP. And as part of the time spent together, in conjunction with Vice Sports, Durant sat down in front of a camera with Nash to talk about their upbringing in basketball and dreams of stardom. It’s an interesting watch — […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    Questions about Oklahoma State's QB situation? The College Football Playoff? The injury-riddled Thunder's playoff chances? Ask Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 98-81 loss in Utah

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    The Thunder lost 98-81 in Utah on Tuesday night. Here are five observations: 1. Not competitive – The first 18 minutes of this game went about as smooth as possible for the Thunder. Balanced scoring, easy looks, swarming defense. OKC led 39-22 at one point. But the final 30 minutes were about as bad as we’ve seen. Sporadic scoring, aimless shot […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder heads to Salt Lake City, looking to end a two-game slide against the Utah Jazz. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook working out in Utah

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    This will get Thunder fans' spirits up. The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry  tweeted out some short video of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook taking some jumpers and working out today in Utah. The Thunder won't have the duo tonight against the Jazz (8 p.m., FOX Sports Oklahoma), but it's an encouraging sight to see Durant ( foot ) moving around on the court, and Westbrook ( hand ) shooting with his right hand. Perry Jones ( knee ) and Mitch McGary ( foot ) also got some work in in shootaround.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Can the Thunder get back on track on the road? Where's the scoring coming from? Does the Thunder have a Patrick Beverley problem? Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against James Harden and the Houston Rockets tonight at 6 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.