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  • 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).

  • Report: Kevin Durant could net $30 million per year from Under Armour

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant could reportedly net as much as $30 million a year in a deal with Under Armour. A New York Daily News report says that Nike and Adidas are also in discussions with Durant over his future. Under Armour has its headquarters in Maryland -- Durant's home state. Durant's seven-year deal with Nike expired last week. Daily News writer Frank Isola suggests that a deal with Under Armour could be beneficial for the Washington Wizards (as well as the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets) when Durant hits free agency in 2016 . The Wizards and Under Armour are each owned by University of Maryland graduates. Durant  reportedly canceled a three-day visit to Nike's headquarters this week.

  • WATCH: James Harden gets tips from Charles Barkley in Foot Locker commercial

    Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Former Thunder guard has appeared in a series of funny commercials for Foot Locker in recent years. His latest doesn't disappoint. Harden asks Hall of Famer Charles Barkley for some tips for the upcoming season, and Barkley (with a guest appearance from Scottie Pippen) reminds Harden that all the greats have a short memory.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Berry Tramel is LIVE from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m., answering your questions on the start of preseason football, Team USA basketball and more. Get your questions in early.

  • Drake tries to recruit Kevin Durant to Toronto

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Rapper Drake did his best to recruit Kevin Durant to the Toronto Raptors last weekend. Drake, an avid basketball fan and friend of Durant's (who's even shouted him out in songs) tried his darndest at OVO Fest in Toronto to get the crowd excited about a potential KD to Canada sell in 2016. "I just wanna show one of my brothers something. My brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just wanted to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto," Drake said. A mild KD chant starts in the arena before Drake moves on. The rumors have been hotter about Durant to Washington, but that won't keep Drake and friends from trying their luck. Newly-resigned guard Greivis Vasquez has also professed his desire to get Durant, his former high school teammate , in Canada.

  • Markel Brown, Marcus Smart, Thunder rookies show off dunks

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Collectibles company Panini America recently gathered NBA rookies together for a photo shoot, and Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, and some Thunder rookies showed off their dunking talents. Thunder forward Mitch McGary has already been featured for his creative addition to the dunk contest, but former Oklahoma State teammates Marcus Smart and Markel Brown also teamed up for some sweet slams. McGary and fellow Thunder first-rounder Josh Huestis also teamed up (with McGary providing some fancy footwork). Smart slams. And McGary reacted to seeing his card for the first time (If you can understand what he's saying, you get a pat on the back).

  • Report: Kevin Durant, Team USA stars committed to team after Paul George injury

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Paul George's devastating leg injury cast some darkness on Team USA's preparation for the FIBA World Cup, but reports are that all players are keeping their names in the pool for the final 12-man roster. Thunder forward Kevin Durant is among the 19 players that have reportedly talked about the need to stick together following  George's broken leg in Friday's Blue vs. White scrimmage. On general manager reportedly told ESPN "No one [on] this team wants to walk away because that would seem unfair to Paul." George's gruesome injury again raised questions around the benefits of professional players participating in international basketball .

  • Thunder ranks 12th in NBA.com offseason rankings

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder didn't win the NBA.com's offseason rankings, but they're not bad. David Aldridge ranks the offseasons of all 30 teams, with the Thunder coming in 12th, giving OKC good marks for the Anthony Morrow signing and the Mitch McGary draft pick. From Aldridge: "Morrow regained his shooting eye last season for the Pelicans, and his presence will provide much needed floor spacing for the Thunder next season. His was one of the best free agent pickups for the price this summer. McGary is a talented young big who has to show he is mature enough to be trusted and capable of staying healthy in the pros. If he is, and can, he will help immediately, just as Steven Adams did last season." Predictably, the Cleveland Cavaliers -- thanks to the addition of LeBron James -- ranked No. 1 on Aldridge's list. The Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets round out the top 5. Aldridge said the Celtics' acquisition of former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart could pay dividends in the near future. "Combined with the significant cap room that's just around the corner, Boston could rebuild in a hurry -- especially with the potential of a Smart-Young backcourt developing in the coming years.

  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary shows off dunk skills at rookie photo shoot

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Mitch McGary had doubts about his health when he came into the league out of Michigan. The Thunder forward seems just fine after this dunk at a Panini America rookie photo shoot. Not quite Zach LaVine , but it'll work.

  • Thunder Thursday OT: Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater talk Durant in 2016, starting spots and the 'cheap' label

    Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    We had some leftover questions from our Thunder Thursday hangout, so Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater went at the extras roundtable-style. Here are their responses. As always, you can check out our Thunder Thursday live show each week — Thursday at 2 p.m. on newsok.com/live. From John Wall : Any chance that my […]

  • Thunder players offer support after Paul George suffers horrific broken leg during Team USA scrimmage

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury Friday night during the Team USA Blue vs. White scrimmage in Las Vegas. George was chasing down James Harden on defense as Harden was on the fast break, when he landed awkwardly underneath the basket. WARNING: The video below shows George's injury and it is graphic.   After a long delay, George had to be carted off the court, and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski called the game due to the long wait and "in respect to George's family." You can see in the video below that Thunder forward Kevin Durant is clearly shaken up by George's injury. George emerged as one of the premier players in the NBA this past season, leading the Pacers to the Eastern Conference while earning All-NBA Third Team honors.

  • The most hated NBA teams by state

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    The results of a Reddit survey are in, and we now know which NBA team is the most hated in each state. There aren't too many surprises on the map. Given their recent success, the Miami Heat are hated in more states (24) than any other team. Oklahomans are not fans of Miami, understandably so, since the Heat beat the Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers picked up some strong hate in the West, but the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the hate out of Washington.

  • Kevin Durant models new USA Basketball uniform

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Nike enlisted NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant and friends to model the new Team USA basketball uniforms. The unis are being marketed as the "brand’s lightest uniform in history," with inspiration coming from the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket of 1978. Other players featured by Nike in the new uniforms are former Thunder guard James Harden, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.

  • Kevin Durant, James Harden, Paul George play one-on-one at USA Basketball camp

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Former Thunder stars going at it in a game of one-on-one? Yes, please. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Paul George engaged in a game of "King of the Hill" after Wednesday's Team USA practice in Las Vegas. One man scores, he gets to stay on and another comes on. But if a player gets a defensive stop, he stays on and switches to offense. The game continues until a player gets five buckets. The result? Durant, Paul and Harden putting in serious work after practice. "It was intense," George said. "At the end of the day, we're all here to get better. No better guys to go against, for myself, to guard than KD and James. "James is quick, lower to the ground, and KD's got the length, so it's good offensively for me as well."

  • Kevin Durant: Proof market size doesn’t matter

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    You don’t have to play basketball in a big market to be marketable. Want proof? Look no further than Kevin Durant. The NBA’s MVP is playing for a team in the U.S.’s 41st largest television market. That’s a smaller market than 24 other NBA cities, yet Durant has more endorsements than LeBron James. Heck, Durant […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Kevin Durant. Bob Stoops. Joe Mixon. Oklahoma State's APR. Berry Tramel is on the Power Lunch live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • Kevin Durant Q&A: Focus on 'great fans in Oklahoma City'

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    On Wednesday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sat down with ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell in Las Vegas to talk about his impending free agency in 2016, if he’s keeping up with the Washington Wizards, and the constant talk on social media about his next destination. You can watch the interview here. Q: […]

  • Kevin Durant ESPN poll: 43 percent of US says 'slim chance' KD plays for Wizards

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    In a SportsNation poll, ESPN asked "What are the chances Kevin Durant plays for the Wizards during his prime?" Forty-three percent say "slim chance," 33 percent said there's a "good chance," and 24 percent said "no chance." The Durant's future talk was ignited again on Tuesday when the Oklahoma City Thunder star was asked about his impending free agency in 2016 . Few states thought Durant stood a good chance. Those states included Maryland and Virginia (understandably so), Alaska, Alabama and Vermont. Per Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog, "57 percent of Marylanders think there’s a good chance Durant comes home during his prime. The number is 51 percent in Virginia. No other state is above 41 percent." An early  SportsNation TV poll of "Should Thunder fans be worried about Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City?" drew a 73 percent "Yes," 27 percent "No."

  • Marcus Smart drawing rave reviews at Team USA camp

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Marcus Smart is going up against some of the best guards in the NBA at Team USA training camp this week and he's drawing plenty of praise over his first couple days of action. The former Oklahoma State guard is one of only two NBA rookies on the USA Select team which was picked to scrimmage and work out against Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of Team USA's established NBA talent. Now expected to contribute immediately as a rookie for the Boston Celtics, Smart is impressing in Las Vegas. On Sheridanhoops.com, former college coach Bobby Gonzalez, said "the future of the point position in the NBA is in good hands with Marcus Smart and Trey Burke."