• Report: Thunder coach search 'completely focused' on Billy Donovan

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Billy Donovan-to-Oklahoma City rumblings have been getting louder and louder, and CBSSports.com sources say the Thunder is " completely focused " on the University of Florida coach. Donovan had a chance to make a move to the NBA when the Cleveland Cavaliers expressed interest in him last season. The Cavs ultimately went with David Blatt, and Donovan went back to Florida and signed a one-year contract extension in December. Donovan is making $4 million a year in Gainesville. Yahoo! Sports reported earlier Wednesday that the Thunder was preparing an offer for Donovan. The Gainesville Sun received confirmation from UF sources that Donovan was in talks with the Thunder.

  • Thunder reportedly 'pushing to hire' Billy Donovan as coach

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    The Billy Donovan to OKC rumor mill is starting to gain some serious momentum. Late Tuesday night, ESPN reported that the Thunder and Donovan had begun “formally” discussing the vacant coaching position. On Wednesday morning,Yahoo reported that Sam Presti was “pushing to hire” the long-time Florida coach and “preparing an offer.” Donovan’s name has been floated around plenty […]

  • Billy Donovan doesn't answer calls, texts on reported Thunder talks

    Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Florida coach Billy Donovan offered no immediate comment to a report that he has begun formal talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Donovan didn't answer calls or return texts from the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun on Wednesday morning, according to a story from Sun reporter Kevin Brockaway . Donovan is earning an average salary of $4 million from Florida. Donovan, 49, signed a one-year contract extension with UF in December. The contract buyout is $500,000.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Is the Thunder coaching search narrowing in on Billy Donovan? What other coaches are the Thunder considering? Ask Anthony Slater on the Power Lunch chat live at 11 a.m.

  • Report: Thunder have 'formally' discussed coaching job with Billy Donovan

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    Since the day the job opened, and even a bit before, Billy Donovan has been labeled as one of the favorites to eventually land in the Thunder’s coaching vacancy. As the search quietly moves forward, that sentiment continues to grow. Late Tuesday night (or early Wednesday morning, depending on your time zone), ESPN reported that […]

  • Chat Recap: Why the Thunder is eyeballing college coaches in a critical year

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Jenni Carlson, columnist for The Oklahoman, answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat. Thunder heavy and even some Bedlam baseball thrown in. Here's the recap.

  • NBA 'Players Choice' awards categories announced

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    The National Basketball Players Association released a list of categories for its first Basketball Players Awards on Monday. It’s an interesting list, with some awards similar to what already exists (Most Valuable Player, “Best Rookie” AKA Rookie of the Year), but some of the awards are a little off the beaten path. Instead of naming […]

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant teams up with Sonic guys in new commercial

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    When Kevin Durant and Sonic announced their partnership back in November, you knew it was possible that Durant would get into a commercial with the famous Sonic guys. Your dreams have come true. Sonic posted two videos today, one in which Durant takes on the Sonic guys in “one-on-one-on-one,” and another where he shows them […]

  • Emails in on Scotty Brooks' firing

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    The emails are in on Scotty Brooks, and most fans are displeased. Some fans a little more than displeased. Here is what they had to say. Bill: “After reading your excellent Sunday piece, it confirmed what I said the other day. Presti has a timetable and it didn’t include Brooks. Brooks was not in Presti’s future. Who […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    The Thunder coaching search continues. Join Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry for some Thunder talk at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Thunder coaching bracket: The winner is, Kevin Ollie

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

      The Thunder coaching bracket has reached the Finals. Tom Thibodeau vs. Kevin Ollie. An established NBA coach, one of the league’s best, against an NCAA champion coach. A proven NBA winner against a man who fits all the requirements of the Thunder Way. A coach who would immediately send shivers up the spines of […]

  • Thunder coaching bracket: Ollie vs. Thibodeau in the Finals

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The conference finals have arrived for our Thunder coaching bracket. Who will Sam Presti select to lead the Thunder? Who wants the job? Those are the questions we’re trying to answer. TRADITIONAL CONFERENCE Tom Thibodeau vs. Mike Malone: Sam Presti keeps saying he’s not making a decision based just on next season, he’s making a […]

  • Thunder coaching bracket: Down to the final four

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    On to the conference semifinals of our Thunder coaching search bracket. We started out with 16 candidates. But the conference semifinals get us down to four candidates, and the matchups are really interesting from here on out. TRADITIONAL CONFERENCE Tom Thibodeau vs. Alvin Gentry: Gentry is a solid coach who would do well. But is […]

  • Thunder coaching bracket: Coach K & Adrian Griffin produce upsets

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The results are in for our first-round matchups in the Thunder Coaching Search bracket. And we have a few upset. Seventh-seeded Adrian Griffin over second-seeded Mark Jackson. Sixth-seeded Mike Krzyzewski over third-seeded Fred Hoiberg. Here’s how we see the pairings: TRADITIONAL CONFERENCE Tom Thibodeau vs. Rick Carlisle: Two of the NBA’s best coaches. Thibodeau, 57, […]

  • Thunder Coaching Search Bracket

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The Thunder is searching for a coach, right in the middle of the NBA playoffs. A coaching search. The playoffs. Two fascinating enterprises. In the grand tradition of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, let’s put them together. The Oklahoman has listed 16 candidates for the job and seeded them into two conferences. Traditional (NBA) and non-traditional […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Join columnist Jenni Carlson for the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m, where she'll be talking Thunder coaching change, Buddy Hield, OSU football, Memorial Marathon and more. Get your questions in here.

  • Thunder inbox: Does experience make a good NBA coach?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    PRESS ROW -- How does experience factor into an NBA coach's success? Was Scott Brooks fired unfairly? Was there a case of Dallas Cowboys-esque jealousy in the Thunder front office? These are some of the questions Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel addressed from The Oklahoman inbox.

  • Thunder Thursday: Discussing the Thunder coaching candidates

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    WHO'S NEXT? -- The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team of Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel sit down to answer reader questions and talk coaching candidates on this week's edition of Thunder Thursday.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who is your guess to be the next Thunder coach?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 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 […]

  • Thunder coaching search: Thumbs up for Kevin Ollie, thumbs down for Billy Donovan

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    WE PICK'EM -- Thumbs up or thumbs down? On this Press Row update, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel discuss who they like among the Thunder coaching candidates.




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