• Russell Westbrook's style profiled by Wall Street Journal

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Russell Westbrook is poised to make his mark on the menswear world, with a collaboration at Barneys. Wall Street Journal deems Westbrook a "fearlessly stylish basketball star" in this latest piece, which details how Westbrook has set himself apartin what's become a pregame fashion show. From WSJ: "This is about Russell Westbrook, style vanguard. You may know that pro basketball is in the middle a style renaissance. Players have been befriending designers and cramming their long legs into the front row at fashion week. There's LeBron James at Michael Bastian. Dwyane Wade at Richard Chai. Tyson Chandler at Alexander Wang. Amar'e Stoudemire at En Noir. The concrete corridors at basketball arenas have become new runways, where fashion-conscious players try to outdo each other before they even step on the hardwood floor. "But even in this style-savvy generation, Mr. Westbrook stands alone. He's the experimenter, the boundary-pusher, the avant-gardist."

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Join Jenni Carlson live on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., where she'll answer your questions on Oklahoma State's Big 12 win against Texas Tech, Thunder preseason and more. Get your questions in now.

  • OKC Thunder: Former player Royal Ivey returns to organization as D-League assistant

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    In an offseason built around reading the 2016 Kevin Durant coaching tea leaves — Derek Fisher and Brian Keefe to New York, Durant’s high school coach to the Wizards — OKC has tossed one into the ring. Kind of. On Thursday, Sam Presti announced that former Thunder player Royal Ivey would return to the organization as part […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins to miss the start of training camp with strained quad

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    In a potential battle for the starting center position, Steven Adams has received a boost heading into training camp. On Thursday afternoon, Thunder GM Sam Presti announced that incumbent starter Kendrick Perkins had recently strained his quad. Perkins will miss the start of camp and be reevaluated in two weeks. This would seem to crack the door […]

  • Sam Presti: Reggie Jackson won't be traded before season; Perkins out 2 weeks to start camp

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti opened his press conference on Thursday with injury reports headed into preseason camp, as well as an update on the status of contract negotiations with Reggie Jackson . Presti said that trading Jackson before the season is not something he's even considering. The Thunder has until Oct. 31 to agree to an extension with Jackson , otherwise he will become a restricted free agent next summer. "We don't look at him as anything other than a core member," Presti said. "We want to invest in Reggie. Figuring out how best we do that is my job." Kendrick Perkins   will be out to start preseason camp with a strained quad and will be reevaluated in two weeks. Presti also said that Perry Jones and Nick Collison , who both had knee scopes in the offseason,  will be available for the start of camp.

  • Kevin Durant appears on the Tonight Show, admits to playing with LeBron in NBA 2K

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    With training camp set for early next week, Kevin Durant is crossing off the final to-do’s on his offseason bucket list. On Wednesday, that included a stop on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. In the short segment, Durant was asked about his NBA 2K video game skills. “Been playing for 15 years, I have to be […]

  • Live Coverage: Sam Presti's Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Sam Presti sits down with the media to kick off the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2014-15 preseason. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Thunder rookie Mitch McGary featured on 'NBA Rooks'

    Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder rookie big man Mitch McGary shared his transition to the NBA on the latest edition of NBA Rooks on NBA.com. You can watch the full video here . He talks predominantely about making the transition to the NBA, but touches on some of the work he's done with the Thunder veterans. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";} “Moving to a new city, since I was drafted, Kevin Durant and Nick Collison both reached out to me," McGary said. "People are telling me congratulations, we’re happy for you, we're happy you’re a part of the team. "It's an honor to play on this team with such presigious players as them. I'm just going to be grateful for every moment of it and try to do as best I can." McGary also has quite a few nickname already. "Rook, Kid, M, Big M, Little Bro ... I'm mostly taller than them, but..." McGary said he's worked out with Kendrick Perkins, Durant and Russell Westbrook, working to get KD open on screens. "When I set a screen and pop for Kevin Durant and he passes to me, I better hit it or else I'm not getting it again," McGary joked.

  • Report: Hasheem Thabeet agrees to non-guaranteed contract with Detroit Pistons

    Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet has reportedly agreed to a non-guaranteed contract with the Detroit Pistons. Thabeet spent the last two seasons with the Thunder before  getting traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for a $1.25 million trade exception and a 2015 protected second-round pick. The Sixers waived Thabeet in August. On Tuesday, Thabeet  expressed his appreciation to the Thunder organization via Instagram for his time in Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Thunder: What they're saying about the Oklahoma City Blue logo

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder officially announced the name and revealed the logo of its new D-League team – the Oklahoma City Blue. The Blue was formerly the Tulsa 66ers. Darnell Mayberry wrote about the team’s name potentially being the Oklahoma City Blue a few weeks ago, but it was confirmed today, along with the very […]

  • OKC Thunder officially name D-League team the Blue, release its logo

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

      Oklahoma City’s newest professional team officially has its name. On Wednesday afternoon, the Thunder announced it would rename its D-League franchise, which relocated from Tulsa this season, the Oklahoma City Blue. “It is only fitting that our development team, which is such an integral part of our organization, be called the Blue to represent […]

  • VIDEO: Steven Adams crosses up middle-aged man, celebrates accordingly

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    During his inaugural NBA season, Steven Adams’ offensive opportunities were basically limited to rebound putbacks and catch & finishes. He’s a high-energy center needed most for his rebounding, physicality and athleticism. But get him on the blacktop, oppose him with an average height middle-aged man and Adams will, apparently, morph into Chris Paul. Here he is […]

  • Blake Griffin is on the cover of GQ and he won't force you to buy it

    Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Former OU high-flyer Blake Griffin graces the cover of the October issue of GQ. The Los Angeles Clippers All-Star wears a throwback Clips jersey underneath a blue suit jacket on the cover. Griffin posted a photo of the magazine cover on his Instagram page Tuesday, along with his typical deadpan humor. "GQ. October. Out now. Go pick it up. Or don't. I'm not gonna force anybody," Griffin said via Instagram . In the issue, Griffin  is the subject of a Q&A session in which he's pretty candid about former Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his feelings about Sterling's racially insensitive comments.

  • OKC Thunder: Hasheem Thabeet says farewell to team in Instagram post

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    When the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that it had traded center Hasheem Thabeet to the Philadelphia 76ers, the team gave up one of its most beloved players. On Tuesday, Thabeet took to Instagram to show appreciation for his time in Oklahoma City. “I WANNA TAKE A SECOND TO THANK YOU OKC.. THE ENTIRE THUNDER ORGANIZATION […]

  • Blake Griffin with some candid Donald Sterling comments in GQ article

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    In the days and months after the Donald Sterling tapes leaked, many of the quotes leaving Clipper-land were understandably measured. Players were focused on playoff basketball, advised to keep their comments short, vague and uncontroversial. But with the saga essentially over and a new owner in place, there is likely more freedom to talk about the […]

  • Kevin Durant shows up at Westmoore-Norman North football game, shows off throwing arm

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    With NBA training camp less than two weeks away, Kevin Durant has made his way back to Oklahoma City. But basketball season can wait a bit. Durant is still in football mode, having attended the Redskins home opener last Sunday and, on Friday night, showing up at the Norman North-Westmoore high school football game. Here […]

  • Kevin Durant receives game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder

    Published: Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    It's been a good week for professional franchises in the DC area. Which means, from a fan's perspective, it's been a solid week for Kevin Durant. On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals clinched the NL East title, leading Durant to send out a celebratory Instagram post the next day, showing off his  custom made Nationals jersey. And just a few days before, the Washington Redskins won their home opener 41-10 over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Durant was at the game and, apparently, received the game ball from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Here he is showing it off in a recent Instagram post:

  • Thunder No. 7 in ESPN's 'Ultimate Team Rankings'

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    The latest edition of ESPN's "Ultimate Team Rankings" is out, and the Oklahoma City Thunder is high atop the list. The Thunder are No. 7 overall out of 122 teams, according to the annual ranking. The Thunder are the No. 3 NBA team on the list behind Western Conference foes San Antonio and Memphis. The Spurs are the No. 1 team in "Ultimate Team Rankings," which rates MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams in categories such as affordability, coaching, fan relations, ownership, players, stadium experience, bang for the buck and title track. The Thunder's highest rank came in the "players" category (10th), while the Spurs ranked first in fan relations, ownership, players and coaching.

  • PHOTO: Kevin Durant is ready for the Washington Nationals' playoff run

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Kevin Durant is from the Maryland/D.C. area. This is known. Which leaves him at a crossroads potentially: Root for the Baltimore Orioles or the Washington Nationals? Durant made his allegances clear when he posted an Instagram picture Thursday afternoon of himself wearing a Nationals jersey with his nickname "Easy Money" stitched on the back. "Yea man! Natitude," Durant posted. Both the Nationals (National League East) and the Orioles (American League East) have wrapped up their division titles and clinched playoff berths.

  • Kevin Durant respects David Ash walking away from football

    Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    From one Longhorn to another, Kevin Durant supports Texas quarterback David Ash. Ash announced Wednesday that he will  give up football after struggling with concussion symptoms throughout his career in Austin. Durant, who played his only season of college basketball at Texas, sent out a heartfelt message via Twitter supporting Ash's decision.