• Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Clippers

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder goes for its first win of the season against Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. Follow our live coverage at 9:30 p.m. with the NewsOK Sports team.

  • VIDEO: LeBron James 'Together' Nike commercial will inspire you

    Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Nike Basketball posted this commercial in honor of LeBron James' return to Cleveland Thursday night in the Cavaliers' season opener. The commercial has James in the pregame huddle with teammates, and what follows is moving. Fans from around Cleveland band together as James leads everyone out for the game. The message? Cleveland is all together again with James at the center.

  • Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks keep their words in the Thunder's loss to the Blazers

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Almost everyone got caught up in the moment. And what a moment it was. An injury-ravaged Thunder team was on the road, in the season opener, with just nine healthy bodies, taking it to the high-powered Portland Trail Blazers. Almost everyone, at that moment, threw caution to the wind and wanted more. […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Can the Thunder get Westbrook some help? Can the Sooners and Cowboys stay in the Big 12 race? Join Berry Tramel at 11 a.m. from H&H Shooting Sports, where he'll be answering your questions on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 106-89 opening-night loss in Portland

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s season-opening loss to Portland: 1. Expected defeat - Tough loss, but not a terrible one. The Thunder remained in it most of the night. Even held a two-point lead after three quarters. The fourth was about as ugly as it gets. OKC shot 5-of-19 and was outscored 31-12 in the final […]

  • PHOTO: Russell Westbrook's opening night outfit does not disappoint

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    New season, same Russell Westbrook fashion game. Here’s what he wore to Portland tonight:

  • Rewind: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped its season opener 106-89 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Review our live coverage and watch highlights from the game here.

  • OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook: 'No one's feeling sorry for us'

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — The Oklahoma City Thunder opens its 2014-15 season at Portland Wednesday night. Before the game, several Thunder players and coach Scott Brooks sat down with The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry to talk about the matchup and the start of the already injury-plagued season.

  • OKC Thunder: Now a starter, Steven Adams tries to control foul trouble

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Steven Adams heard the news minutes after everyone else. What was long expected was finally official — Scott Brooks officially named Adams the Thunder’s starting center. Then the media broke it to the 21-year-old. “When’d I learn?” Adams asked. “You just told me.” Overall, Adams brushed off the promotion. Said he’s more concerned about winning […]

  • OKC Thunder: Starting lineup has Steven Adams at center for Thunder opener

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks has named the starting lineup for the Thunder's regular-season opener against Portland on Wednesday. Second-year center Steven Adams makes the cut as the Thunder's starting center against the Trail Blazers (9:30 p.m., ESPN). Also in the starting lineup are Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Perry Jones and Serge Ibaka. Jeremy Lamb and Reggie Jackson will not make the Thunder's first road trip to Portland or Los Angeles. SIx players have officially been ruled out for the first two games of the season, per Anthony Slater.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook opens Reading Center in North OKC elementary school

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Russell Westbrook had a favorite book growing up. It was called Missing Since Monday, a 176-page mystery aimed at young adults. “Any time I had a project I had to do on a book, I would do it on the same book,” Westbrook joked. “So it’s still on my computer to this day.” Reading wasn’t […]

  • Russell Westbrook No. 4, Blake Griffin No. 5 in ESPN's NBA Rank

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    ESPN's Forecast panel has ranked Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook No. 4 and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin No. 5 in its #NBARank of the top players in the league based on each player's projected overall level of play for the upcoming season. Both fared better than they did in the 2013 NBA Rank. ESPN rated Westbrook No. 5 last season and Griffin 13th. Last weekend, ESPN rated Kevin Durant  the No. 8 player in the league entering the 2014-15 season.

  • Thunder center Kendrick Perkins on starting: "It really don't even matter"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Kendrick Perkins enters his 12th NBA season surrounded by some personal unknown. He doesn’t know if he’ll start. He doesn’t know how much he’ll play. Facing a contract year, he doesn’t even know where he’ll be next season. “Ain’t gonna lie, I’m nervous,” Perkins admitted. “I don’t know what it’s gonna be, what the playing time […]

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb questionable for season opener against Portland Trail Blazers

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    The Thunder injuries keep piling up. Reggie Jackson twisted his right ankle and Jeremy Lamb hurt his back in practice Monday and are questionable for Wednesday's regular-season opener at Portland. Jackson was on crutches at the Thunder practice facility on Monday. Thunder coach Scott Brooks added that he's "never seen anything like it" referring to the string of injuries the Thunder has sustained in preseason. The Thunder aren't in good shape heading into the first week of the season, which has OKC playing four of its first five games on the road (Wednesday at Portland, Thursday at L.A. Clippers, Saturday vs. Denver, Nov. 3 at Brooklyn, Nov. 4 at Toronto).

  • Kevin Durant, James Harden team up for BBVA commercial

    Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    Kevin Durant and James Harden. Teammates again. The two work together in this new commercial from BBVA, as Durant guides a blindfolded Harden in a game of 1-on-3 basketball. Harden's hooping with an earpiece in on top of a BBVA building in Madrid, Spain, while Durant is (supposedly) in a control center in Oklahoma City, telling Harden which way to go. BBVA and the NBA have agreed on a multiyear sponsorship extension which will reportedly pay the NBA more than $30 million per year.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    The NBA regular season is just days away. Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry is answering your questions live at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat. Get your questions in right here.

  • A very Thunder Halloween Part II: Check out the costumes of OKC's players

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Oct 26, 2014

    As is becoming tradition right before each season, Nick Collison threw a birthday/Halloween party on Saturday night. Last year, Serge Ibaka stole the show by dressing as Akeem from Coming to America, which you can see by clicking here. This year, the costume champ was probably Russell Westbrook. Complete with a full mustache, Westbrook dressed as the cop from […]

  • Russell Westbrook to judge 'Why not?' public fashion show on Saturday in North OKC

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Russell Westbrook has long been known for his bold fashion choices. Now he’ll be judging the attempts of others. On Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Westbrook will be out at the U.S. Cellular store at 2130 W Memorial Road near Quail Springs Mall, overseeing what is being labeled as the ‘Why Not Fashion […]

  • ESPN ranks Kevin Durant as the NBA's eighth best player

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Kevin Durant has been ranked the eighth best player by ESPN and ESPN.com’s panel of writers and analysts in its fourth annual “NBA Rank.”

  • In this way, Derek Fisher is clearly more Laker than Thunder

    Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    The guarded, measured Derek Fisher who spent parts of three seasons with the guarded, measured Oklahoma City Thunder appears to have reverted to his Los Angeles Lakers roots. MSG Network announced Thursday a new half-hour original series “Nothing But Knicks,” featuring Fisher, the new New York Knicks coach, assistant coaches, and players "as they take fans on a behind-the-scenes look at the  Knicks  with special access to practice, film sessions, and exclusive interviews." That, folks, didn't happen in OKC. Of course, Fisher played championship basketball with the Lakers under the Hollywood spotlight, so this is nothing new to him. Read more on "Nothing But Knicks" at the link below.