• OKC Thunder: Clippers owner Steve Ballmer guarantees season-opening win over 'old Seattle team'

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Steve Ballmer ushered in his ownership era with the Clippers in style on Monday afternoon, staging an offseason pep rally in Staples Center for his new fanbase. During it, Ballmer was introduced to the crowd with an Eminem song, before delivering a wild and eccentric speech in which the energetic billionaire made his fare share of bold […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Join Mike Sherman, sports editor of The Oklahoman, on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., where he'll be chatting preseason football for the Sooners and Cowboys, Thunder schedule, and more live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Jerry Colangelo 'contractual situation' comments clarified, about Kevin Love, not Kevin Durant

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Those interesting comments from Jerry Colangelo on Kevin Durant? Turns out, they were about Kevin Love, and were misinterpreted in various reports.

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant in new 'The Badd35t' Foot Locker commerical

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    "This kid out there putting in work. He's the baddest player alive. He just doesn't know it." Maybe that was Kevin Durant once. In his latest "The Badd35t" commercial for Nike and Foot Locker, Kevin Durant says he was that kid. Durant tweeted out video of his latest spot on Thursday afternoon. "They say you're too skinny. Too weak. Too nice. "They said all that to me too. "Just go get a ball. Find a hoop. "Then when you're ready ... I'll be waiting."

  • Kevin Durant looks ridiculously real in NBA2K15 screenshots

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    As many of you know, Kevin Durant is the face of the latest NBA2K video game — NBA2K15 — set for release on Oct. 7. Not much has been seen of the game other than a few teaser videos, but a high-resolution screen shot was released this week of Durant  and it’s pretty unbelievable. The […]

  • Report: Kevin Durant meets with Under Armour

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell says that Kevin Durant met with Under Armour on Wednesday at its headquarters in Baltimore, Md. Durant is a shoe free agent after spending his entire professional career with Nike. The Thunder forward's endorsement deal with Nike expired in July. Durant was reportedly offered a deal in excess of $30 million annually by Under Armour , which operates out of Durant's home state. Nike and Adidas are also reportedly after Durant. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player  released his latest shoe -- the Nike KD7 -- in June.

  • Jenni Carlson Chat: Talking OSU's chances at 10 wins, Joe Mixon, Frank Shannon and Steven Adams

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    Jenni Carlson answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat on topics ranging from OSU's exclusion from basketball Big Monday to the difference between Frank Shannon and Dorial Green-Beckham. Here's the full transcript.

  • Report: Dropping Drake could have gotten Raptors out of Kevin Durant comments fine

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    This week, the NBA hit the Toronto Raptors with a $25,000 fine for rapper Drake tampering after he made comments about Kevin Durant potentially playing in Canada. But the Raptors could have gotten their money back, according to Cathal Kelly of Toronto's The Globe and Mail. Kelly writes that "the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused." Kelly's point: Money well spent for the Raptors in a league seemingly flush with rampant recruiting and tampering. From Kelly: "Somebody’s worried about it now. Someone has picked up a phone – likely Thunder owner Clayton Bennett – and chewed the face off someone else at the league office. The league reacted by cooking up a financial penalty for a musical entertainer guilty of musing in public about a professional athlete coming to play for his local team. If that’s the new normal, everyone in the hip-hop business had better start putting money in an NBA Swear Jar."

  • 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