• Why the Thunder will make the playoffs over the Pelicans

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    THUNDER THURSDAY -- OKC has lost four in a row, but The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater thinks the Thunder will make the playoffs. Slater and sports editor Mike Sherman discuss the final four games for the Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans, and who has the edge in the battle for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.

  • VIDEO: Thabo Sefolosha detained by multiple officers outside NYC nightclub

    Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha went from arrested to out for the season after reportedly fracturing his tiba in an altercation with the police Wednesday morning, per RealGM.com . Sefolosha was arrested along with Atlanta Hawks teammate Pero Antic for obstruction of justice connected to a stabbing incident at 1Oak nightclub in New York City early Wednesday morning. Antic and Sefolosha released a statement through the Hawks saying they are contesting the charges of obstructing government administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. In his first season with the Hawks, Sefolosha missed 25 consecutive games with a calf injury. He finished 2014-15 with averages of 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game in 52 contests. The Hawks (59-19) will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

  • Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha to contest charges in relation to nightclub stabbing incident

    Published: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha was arrested early Wednesday morning for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene at a New York City nightclub, but Sefolosha and teammate Pero Antic of the Atlanta Hawks are fighting charges. In a joint statement from Antic and Sefololsha released by the Hawks, the two stated they will contest charges: “As members of the Atlanta Hawks, we hold ourselves to a high standard and take our roles as professionals very seriously. We will contest these charges and look forward to communicating the facts of the situation at the appropriate time. We apologize to our respective families, teammates, and the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon them. We are unable to provide further comment as this is an ongoing legal matter.” Antic and Sefolosha did not play in the Hawks' game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday night. Wednesday night, Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed and his girlfriend was slashed around 4 a.m. after leaving 1Oak nightclub. In relation to the incident, Antic and Sefolosha were arrested at the scene and charged Wednesday with counts of Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree, Resisting Arrest and Disorderly Conduct. Each charge is listed as a misdemeanor. The police report says that "it took four officers to place the defendant (Sefolosha) in handcuffs."

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Would it be wiser for the Thunder to miss the playoffs?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 8, 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 […]

  • OKC Thunder: Scott Brooks gives slumping Thunder the day off, updates injuries

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    THUNDER BASKETBALL - The Thunder is mired in a four-game losing streak. Scott Brooks explains why he met with his players and gave them the day off on Wednesday, and offers an update on OKC's injuries.

  • Report: NBA players to launch own awards

    Published: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Remember at All-Star weekend when Kevin Durant said the players' opinions and votes should count when it comes to awards voting? "I think media and guys get too much power to vote on stuff that quite frankly I don't think you really know a lot about," Durant said . Well, it looks like the Thunder star is getting his wish, as players may make their own awards, according to USA Today's Sam Amick. The National Basketball Players Association has created the "2015 Players Choice Awards," which will consist of anonymous votes from players. Per USA Today's report, winners will be announced at a summer meeting in Vegas. "This program was created at your request to recognize outstanding performance of your peers, on and off the court," NBAPA executive director Michele Roberts said in an internal memo.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Questions about the Thunder's playoff hopes? Spring football? A Bedlam baseball blowout? Ask Berry Tramel on the live chat from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.

  • Western Conference playoff advice: Avoid the Spurs

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

      Watching the Thunder demise makes us focus, well, on the Thunder demise. The Thunder has lost six of seven games, lost its last three home games, and is in danger of missing the playoffs. An unthinkable state even factoring in the injury crush of this season. But the Thunder demise has made us forget […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Follow the Thunder against the San Antonio Spurs with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Tramel: 10 controversial sports trades that won't die

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The James Harden deal is far from the first sports trade that won’t die. Some sports transactions remain hot-button issues almost a century after they were finalized. Here are 10 sports trades that were controversial at the time and remain so to this day: [pagebreak] 10. Home Run Champ for Batting Champ Rocky Colavito hit 41 […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Five games to go. Questions about the Thunder down the stretch? Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Kevin Durant tells Bill Simmons to let the James Harden trade go

    Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Leading up to Sunday’s Thunder-Rockets game, Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry wrote about why the James Harden trade to Houston won’t go away (you can read that article here). The article prompted a mini-Twitter rant from ESPN’s Bill Simmons, who has long voiced his displeasure about the Thunder dealing Harden. His rant drew a brief response […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces a critical game in the playoff race against MVP candidate James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The Thunder kicks off a critical three-game stretch tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • James Harden for MVP? Rockets making full-court press with video book

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Last year, the Houston Rockets went above and beyond with Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year campaigns for James Harden and Dwight Howard, respectively. The Rockets sent out elaborate promotional packages to the awards voters, touting their premier players. Well, the Rockets took it to another level this season. While Howard won’t […]

  • OKC Thunder, Sam Presti join commitment to honor Oklahoma Standard

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing is later this month. As part of its recognition, the Thunder will highlight the newly renovated National Memorial and Museum later this week. During Sunday’s home game against the Houston Rockets — a noon tip on ABC — fans will receive special bracelets “marked with the Thunder logo, the […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The Thunder enters its most important stretch of the season tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. Talk about the Thunder playoff push with Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Thunder Thursday: Life behind the eight ball

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    THUNDER THURSDAY -- The home loss to the Mavericks ended the Thunder’s hopes of moving up in the Western Conference playoff race. But is it too soon to assume OKC will be the eight-seed and face Golden State? The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team discusses.

  • GALLERY: The Thunder art of Ray Tennyson

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    Oklahoma City-based artist Ray Tennyson created a series of Oklahoma City Thunder player portraits in 2012. The gallery below includes the entire collection, plus a portrait of Kevin Durant which Tennyson painted this year, For more on Tennyson and his next artistic endeavor - a live painting of Martin Luther King at the MLK Memorial in Washington D.C. - check out Jenni Carlson's story, to be posted later Thursday on NewsOK.com.

  • Does the Thunder miss Ibaka more than it misses Durant?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    What I’m about to say sounds like nonsense on the surface. But I think it’s true. The Thunder, as currently constructed, as it sits here on April 2, misses Serge Ibaka more than it misses Kevin Durant. Long-term, no. In most situations, no. But this Thunder team? It needs Ibaka’s defensive protection more than it […]