• OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant says he deserves return to the NBA's elite after injury comeback

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    DALLAS - Kevin Durant says he fully deserves to be back among the NBA's elite. On Thursday when the All-Star Game starters were announced, Inside the NBA's Charles Barkley said "Kobe (Bryant) should start because he’s ‘Kobe,’ but there should be only three guys that are no-brainers – that’s Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green...Draymond Green should be starting in the All-Star Game, plain and simple.” San Antonio's Leonard jumped Golden State's Green for the final starting spot in the Western Conference frontcourt with Durant and Bryant. Durant received 980,787 votes, second among Western Conference frontcourt players behind Bryant, the overall vote leader.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook lobbies for teammates to make All-Star Weekend

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    DALLAS – Russell Westbrook took a deep breath and rubbed his brow before explaining what being voted an All-Star Game starter meant to him. “It’s crazy, man,” Westbrook said Friday after Thunder shootaround. “Honestly, it’s a true blessing to see that fans and people all across the world voted for me to be a starter. It’s something I definitely don’t take for granted.” Following shootaround, Westbrook wasn’t just talking about himself being in Toronto for the Feb. 14 game. He was lobbying for more Thunder players at All-Star Weekend, including rookie Cameron Payne in the Rising Stars Challenge, Anthony Morrow in the 3-Point Contest, and Enes

  • NBA All-Star Game: Thunder's Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook voted Western Conference starters

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    It’s official: The Oklahoma City Thunder will have two NBA All-Star Game starters for the first time in franchise history. The NBA released its final All-Star Game voting results Thursday, and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will each start for the Western Conference in the Feb. 18 game at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Despite winning the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award last season, Westbrook will make his first start in the contest in his fifth selection overall. Durant will start for the fifth time in seven selections. The West backcourt will start Westbrook and Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who received the second-most votes overall behind Los

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Reviewing some preseason predictions

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    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 Buddies -- 01/21/16 (<–Click Here) - Remember all our preseason over/unders? How many double-doubles will Steven Adams have? How many games will Kevin Durant miss? How big a role will Mitch McGary have? Midway through the season, we revisit these topics.

  • Thunder travelblog Denver: Westbrook vs. Nuggets, underrated pizza and the Rocky Mountains

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Denver is a beautiful city, far too pretty to be taken in during a one-day trip. I was fortunate enough to be on the same flight as colleague Mike Collison, who works on the business side of The Oklahoman Publishing Company. We landed in Denver at 7:45 a.m. Mountain Time and Mike was smart enough to suggest we take a cab together. He was staying downtown and I was on the outskirts of the downtown area, so I was dropped off first. And we saved our company some money! Thunder vs. Nuggets was a full day. Here’s most of what happened for me away from the court. PEPSI CENTER Denver reminds me of Dallas. Seriously.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Follow live updates of tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Thunder franchise valued at $950 million by Forbes, 17th highest in NBA

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Ever since the Los Angeles Clippers surprisingly sold for $2 billion a couple years ago, interest has piqued on the true value of NBA franchises. On Wednesday, Forbes business magazine released a full list, valuing the NBA franchises 1-30. The Thunder comes in at No. 17, valued at $950 million. The New York Knicks are first at $3 billion. Here's the full list: NBA's most valued franchises 1. New York Knicks: $3 billion 2. Los Angeles Lakers: $2.7 billion 3. Chicago Bulls: $2.3 billion 4. Boston Celtics: $2.1 billion 5. Los Angeles Clippers: $2 billion 6. Golden State Warriors: $1.9 billion 7. Brooklyn Nets: $1.7 billion 8. Houston Rockets: $1.5 billion 9. Dallas

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook rise among NBA's most popular jerseys

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    On Wednesday, NBAstore.com released a list of its most popular jerseys and team merchandise, and the Thunder is represented throughout. Thunder forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook were among the highest risers in jersey sales on NBAstore.com from Oct.-Dec. 2015. Durant and Westbrook each jumped six spots to No. 5 and 7, respectively, since the NBA's June report. The Thunder ranks seventh in team merchandise sales, rising one spot since June.

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 110-104 win in Denver

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Here are five observations from the Thunder's 110-104 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night: 1. Catching a rhythm -- Back on December 3rd, after a late loss in Miami capped an 0-2 road trip, the Thunder's record dipped to a disappointing 11-8. "(That was) so long ago, man," Kevin Durant recently said, comparing it to their preseason. "We're just a totally different team." Since that loss, the Thunder has played 24 games. It has won 20 of them. The latest was a nice victory against a pesky Nuggets team in Denver on Tuesday night. OKC's offense, which is humming right now, put up 30 assists for the second time in the past week and fourth time this season. The Thunder only did that twice all of last

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan gets welcome from Rocky Mountain Gator Club at Nuggets game

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    DENVER – Seen at Thunder vs. Nuggets in pregame: A whole lot of orange and blue. As some Thunder players warmed up, behind the basket there were two rows of Coloradans doing the “Gator Chomp” and posing for photos with an enlarged Billy Donovan head. They’d give up those cushy seats once the game started, but they were down courtside to see the former University of Florida coach. At least 50 members of the Rocky Mountain Gators Club attended Tuesday’s Thunder-Nuggets game at the Pepsi Center in support of Donovan, who won two national championships in Gainesville, Fla., along with Thunder assistant Anthony Grant.

  • Thunder celebrating Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday against Charlotte

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    The Thunder will celebrate Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday against Charlotte (7 p.m. tip off) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Military personnel and their family members will be in attendance thanks to Thunder season ticket holders who have donated their tickets for the night. More than 100 children of military personnel will also attend the game through player-donated tickets as part of the Thunder’s Tickets for Kids program. Other events and promotions include: -#Thundersalute, in which fans can submit photos  with the hashtag #ThunderSalute via Twitter or Instagram of themselves or loved ones who are current or former military. The photos will be displayed in the arena

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Nuggets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    The Thunder is in Denver tonight looking for its fourth straight win. Follow live coverage of tonight's game from Thunder writer Erik Horne and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook to appear on 'The Late Show with Steven Colbert'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Russell Westbrook is hitting the late-night talk show circuit again. The Thunder guard will be a guest on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Jan. 25. The appearance is sandwiched in between two Thunder games in New York City against the Brooklyn Nets (Jan. 24) and the New York Knicks (Jan. 26). Westbrook is one of three guests scheduled for the show, including former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and musical guests Anderson.Paak and the Free Nationals. Westbrook's last late-night show appearance came in September, when he talked about some of his favorite pregame rituals on "Jimmie Kimmel Live.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook provided Nuggets a blueprint for Emmanuel Mudiay

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    DENVER – Nuggets coach Mike Malone said when it comes to his 19-year-old rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, he and the team has looked to the Thunder and its development of Russell Westbrook for inspiration. Like Westbrook as a rookie, Mudiay hasn’t shot the ball well and has turned it over at a high rate. Mudiay is only shooting 31.5 percent from the field and averaging a league-high 4.8 turnovers per 36 minutes. The then-20-year-old Westbrook shot 39.8 percent and 3.7 turnovers per 36 minutes in his first season. Malone’s OK with Mudiay learning through experience, just as Westbrook did.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Two of the NBA's dirtiest players play for the Thunder, players and coaches say

    Published: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Is it possible that two of the NBA's five dirtiest players are in Oklahoma City? It is if you believe a sampling of two dozen NBA players who were polled on the matter. Thunder center Steven Adams and power forward Serge Ibaka both ranked in the top five, according to an anonymous survey conducted by The Los Angeles Times. Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova ranked first, garnering 13 of the 31 votes cast by 24 players. Adams, with seven votes, finished second. Golden State center Andrew Bogut (five votes) came in third, Memphis forward Matt Barnes (four votes) ranked fourth and Ibaka (two votes) rounded out the top five. Some players voted for more than one player. "The stuff that he does is not cool," a Western Conference coach said of Adams. "He throws elbows, extra hitting dudes away from the ball, hitting them with the chicken wing (elbow) and trying to get a rise out of them. That kind of stuff." Added a player from the West about Adams: "He's real physical, but he crosses the line with stuff. He'll throw a sneaky elbow, push you in the back and foul you extra hard." As for Ibaka, a few players still haven't forgotten the cheap shot he delivered in the 2014 conference semifinals, when he punched Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the groin. "Ibaka is the dirtiest player to me because of the stuff he did to Blake," a West player told The Los Angeles Times. "He thinks he's tough. He ain't tough at all."

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder-Knicks picked up for national broadcast

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    The Thunder’s Jan. 26 game against the New York Knicks in New York City will now be televised nationally on NBA TV. The 6:30 p.m. game will be the first in an NBA TV Tuesday night doubleheader, with Dallas at L.A. Lakers to follow at 9:30. The Thunder-Knicks matchup replaces Washington-Toronto on the NBA TV schedule. The game will be blacked out on NBA TV to Oklahoma City area viewers.

  • OKC Thunder: With healthiest team in NBA, Billy Donovan not thinking of resting players

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    DENVER – After last year’s injury-plagued season, the Thunder is the healthiest team in the league. OKC has the fewest games lost to injury in the league as of Jan. 15, while Tuesday’s opponent – the Denver Nuggets – has lost 125 games to injury or illness according to mangameslost.com, the third-most in the NBA. The Thunder has lost only eight games to injury this season. Thunder coach Billy Donovan says all players are available against the Nuggets, who have point guard Jameer Nelson (wrist) and forward Jusef Nurkic (knee) listed as game-time decisions, per head coach Mike Malone.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater to talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Was Westbrook's triple double worth the risk of injury

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    With 7:34 left in the game Sunday night, the Thunder had an 86-63 lead on the Heat. And Billy Donovan made a lineup change affecting Russell Westbrook. Which makes perfect sense. A 23-point lead, 7-1/2 minutes left, perfect time to rest Westbrook. Except Westbrook went in, not out, of the Thunder rout. Clearly, Donovan inserted Westbrook for one reason: Westbrook was three rebounds shy of a triple double. He had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds. Triple Double territory for the triple double machine that Westbrook has become. And sure enough, with Westbrook playing some free safety, looking not so much for steals but missed shots, three rebounds came quickly.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant named Player of the Week

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Kevin Durant has been named Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 17, the NBA announced Monday. Durant led the Thunder to a 4-0 week with  averages of 26 points (third in the Western Conference), 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.  He logged a 30-point game and two point-rebound double-doubles as OKC defeated Dallas, Miami and Minnesota (twice). On Jan. 13, Durant shot 9-of-14 from the field en route to a game-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists during a 108-89 win over the Mavericks. Here's a closer look at Durant's week: Jan. 12 @ Minnesota: Scored 30 points and added seven rebounds and three assists in a 101-96