• Report: Thabo Sefolosha provoked by NYPD before arrest

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    An SI.com source tells a conflicting story about former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha than the one in the New York Police Department's police report from his arrest last week. SI.com says a source close to Sefolosha is claiming the real story differs from the police account -- which says an officer "observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction" of another officer. From SI.com's Greg Hanlon : "According to the source, it was the officer who was the initial aggressor. The source said that while officers were dispersing dozens of people near the scene, one officer focused on Sefolosha, 'and then he continues to track him down the block like a D-back tracking a receiver.' "At the time, the source said, Sefolosha and (Hawks teammate Pero) Antic were walking down the block to get into a car that would take them back to their team hotel. The source said Sefolosha did not run toward the cop as the complaint said. Rather, the source said 'Sefolosha turns to him and asked in substance what the officer’s problem was with him.’' At this point, the source said, Sefolosha and the officer got into an argument, which led to Sefolosha’s arrest for obstruction a governmental function, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. The arrest took place at the corner of 10th Avenue, more than 120 feet away from the scene of the stabbing at 1OAK night club." Sefolosha will miss the entire postseason with the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a fractured fibula and ligament damage during his arrest last week for obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. On Tuesday, Sefolosha said in a statement that his injury " was caused by the police ."

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant answered your questions on Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Feel like answering a couple questions. Hit me up. — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 15, 2015 “S— happens.” That’s how Kevin Durant responded to a Twitter follower who asked him “dropped out of usa to prevent injury for current season, got injured anyway, thoughts?” Durant hasn’t been shy this season about voicing his opinion on […]

  • WATCH: Skyline Elementary students cast their MVP vote for Russell Westbrook on ESPN

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

      As you would guess, Russell Westbrook is very popular among kids in Oklahoma. But in case you needed confirmation as to who the real 2014-15 MVP is, check out this video below from ESPN. Oklahoma State football defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer helped pull off something pretty cool. Spencer is married to ESPN personality Jeannine […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Is the Thunder playoff bound? What's to make of OU's spring game? What can we look for during OSU's spring game? Ask Berry Tramel on the live chat from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.

  • How the Pelicans trumping the Thunder could count as long-awaited revenge

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Once upon a time, Oklahoma City was a football town. Then Hurricane Katrina happened. In dropped the displaced New Orleans Hornets, who were embraced in Oklahoma City. And by the time the Hornets’ two-season stay was over, a city and region synonymous with football had a taste of the NBA it wouldn’t relinquish. The Hornets […]

  • Thabo Sefolosha says in statement 'injury was caused by the police'

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is out for the remainder of the season thanks to an injury he says was caused by New York City police. Sefolosha suffered a fractured fibula while being arrested last week outside of 1Oak nightclub for obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Video of the arrest shows multiple officers taking Sefolosha to the ground while Atlanta Hawks teammate Pero Antic sits curbside. On the advice of his legal counsel, Sefolosha did not discuss the facts of his case, in which he and Antic are contesting charges. "Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law," Sefolosha said in a statement issued Tuesday . "I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injyr and that the injury was caused by police." In the same statement, Sefolosha also apolgized for "any distraction this incident has caused." "I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to my family and friends, the Hawks organization and my teammates," Sefolosha said. "This has been a difficult time for me and I truly appreciate the support I have received from everyone. I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the playoffs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused. I will be cheering for them every step of the way and will be diligent in my rehabilitation."

  • OKC Thunder: Durant, Thunder land in Top 5 in NBA jersey, merchandise sales

    Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder continued their strong NBA merchandise sales in 2014-15. Durant's jersey was the No. 4 seller in the league behind the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant. Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose rounds out the Top 5. Russell Westbrook, who wasn't ranked in the Top 15 last season according to NBA.com, jumped up to No. 12 among individual jersey sales. The Thunder is ranked fifth in the league for best-selling team merchandise, up one spot from sixth in 2013-14. The Bulls ranked No. 1, followed by the Cavaliers, Warriors, and Lakers. The rankings are based on overall retail sales on NBAStore.com since the start of the 2014-15 season.

  • Can James Harden catch Russell Westbrook for NBA scoring title?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Russell Westbrook appears to have the NBA scoring title wrapped up. After a 101-90 Thunder victory over Portland on Monday night, Westbrook is averaging 28.015 points a game. James Harden is Westbrook’s chief pursuer; Harden had 26 points Monday night in Houston’s 100-90 victory at Charlotte. Harden now is averaging 27.513 points a game. The […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Two games to go. Russell Westbrook is a go. Can the Thunder take down the Portland Trail Blazers to keep up in the playoff race? Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Gary Payton likes Russell Westbrook for MVP

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Kobe Bryant vouched for Russell Westbrook on Monday afternoon. The Glove followed suit. Former Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton told Slam.com that Westbrook is his pick for NBA Most Valuable Player. “If I would have to pick right now: What Westbrook has done is amazing, what he did with the triple-doubles. I don’t like that […]

  • Why the NBA rescinded Russell Westbrook's technical foul

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    With the Thunder season on life support, the NBA revived Oklahoma City’s playoff chances by overturning Russell Westbrook’s technical foul call from Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, thus keeping Westbrook eligible to play in tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. So why did the league change its mind? Basically, NBA President of Basketball […]

  • Kobe Bryant defends Russell Westbrook's shot selection on Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A future Hall of Famer is sticking up for Russell Westbrook. After a 116-104 loss to the Pacers on Sunday in which he took 43 shots, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was asked about the criticism of what may be perceived as taking too many shots. Some are convinced that Westbrook was gunning for the scoring […]

  • Did Russell Westbrook's 54 points actually help the Pacers?

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Following the Thunder's 116-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, Russell Westbrook has come under criticism - and it's not just for picking up a technical foul that has him set to serve a suspension in tonight's critical game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Westbrook went on to score a career-high 54 points, but he needed 43 shots and 15 3-point attempts. That was just fine by the Pacers, Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel says the Pacers used the power of five versus the one-man show that was Westbrook, saying "the Pacers almost suckered Westbrook into scoring a career-high." From Doyel: "Sunday night, he took 43 of the Thunder's 95 shots. He was a finger in the Pacers' eye, but the Pacers came back with five fingers of their own, forged into a fist, and knocked the Thunder to the precipice of the 2015 NBA Draft lottery." In Doyel's defense, he was fair to Westbrook, saying the All-Star guard "put the Thunder on his back and became an MVP candidate."

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka (knee) ruled out for the rest of the regular season

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    When Serge Ibaka had his knee scoped last month, the Thunder initially placed a 4-6 week timetable on his return. The front end of that window comes Tuesday, exactly four weeks from the procedure. But don’t expect Ibaka to be ready to play in the finale on Wednesday. Ibaka didn’t travel with the team to Indianapolis on […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pacers

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Can the Thunder keep pace with the New Orleans Pelicans? OKC takes on the Indiana Pacers in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Kings

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder looks to keep up with the New Orleans Pelicans in the Western Conference Playoff race, as it takes on the Sacramento Kings. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • NBPA probing police tactics in Thabo Sefolosha's arrest

    Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The events surrounding the arrest and season-ending injury of Thabo Sefolosha in New York on Wednesday have come under increasing scrutiny by the NBPA and the Hawks, league sources say. In the midst of Sefolosha's arrest, the former Thunder guard suffred a fractured fibula. A police report of the incident says Sefolosha was resisting arrest. He and Hawks teammate Pero Antic were arrested for obstructing the police from setting up a crime scene following the stabbing of Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland. Video published by TMZ of the police's arrest of Sefolosha shows the former Thunder guard being apprehended by multiple police officers at the scene, with Antic sitting curbside. On Friday, Antic expressed support for Sefolosha, saying "there's a video out that speaks for itself."

  • James Harden says he's 'done enough' to be MVP

    Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    If it was up to James Harden, he'd win the Most Valuable Player award. The Rockets guard said Friday that if he had to choose one player, it would be him. The former Thunder guard is averaging 27.6 points, 6.9 assists and 5.9 rebounds for the season. "My name being mentioned in the conversation is a blessing and it's an honor," Harden said. "If I had to choose one, then that's who I would choose. But I'm not worried about it. I'm focused on winning and doing the right thing to get my team ready for the playoffs." Harden and Golden State's Stephen Curry are the frontrunners for the award. Harden torched the Thunder for 41 points last week in a win in Oklahoma City.

  • Kings F DeMarcus Cousins (foot) out against Thunder

    Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The Sacramento Kings are limping into Oklahoma City, which is a plus for the Thunder. All-Star forward DeMarcus Cousins will miss his third consecutive game due to soreness in his right foot, according to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee . Cousins will meet with a foot specialist in Los Angeles today. Cousins was one of five Kings players who did not play in Sacramento's loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. Among those who missed Wednesday's game were Rudy Gay (concussion), Nik Stauskas (mid-back sprain), Darren Collison (core muscle injury) and Eric Moreland (shoulder). The Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans enter tonight with identical 42-36 records. The Pelicans have the tiebreaker advantage over the Thunder as winners of the season series (3-1). The Pelicans play at Phoenix tonight.

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant's speech re-told by people of Oklahoma City

    Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Created by Train Media Group , this commercial shows Kevin Durant's 2013-14 NBA Most Valuable Player speech, as re-told by people of Oklahoma City.