• Thunder forward Nick Collison attends World Series: "I've been a die-hard Royals fan...for three or four weeks"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Nick Collison is like a lot of Midwesterners these days — swept up in Royal madness. So with the Thunder on an off-day this past Wednesday, the Iowa native and former KU Jayhawk hopped on a quick flight up to Kansas City. He met his father at Kauffman Stadium for Game 2 of the World […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Previewing the upcoming NBA season

    Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    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 OKC’s only professional team. 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 - 10/23 (<--Click here) - The regular season is days away, meaning our over/under season preview has returned. How many 3s will Serge Ibaka make? Will Mitch McGary crack the rotation? How many technicals will Russell Westbrook get? What will Darnell be wrong about this year? We discuss.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Oct 23, 2014

    Cowboys vs. Sports Illustrated. Sooners vs. the off week. Thunder vs. injuries. Join columnist Jenni Carlson at 11 a.m. with your OU, Oklahoma State and Thunder questions on the Power Lunch chat.

  • OKC Thunder: Start the NBA regular season earlier

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Last week, I blogged about how the NBA exhibition season was too long. You can read that blog here. Lo and behold, it became a talking point Tuesday night, when the Thunder hosted the Grizzlies in OKC’s preseason finale. Russell Westbrook said the preseason absolutely is too long. Scotty Brooks said it’s about right, as […]

  • Kevin Durant loves some Taylor Swift 'Shake It Off'

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Every once in a while, Kevin Durant is nice enough to give us peeks into his personal life via his Instagram account. The Thunder forward did just that Wednesday, posting a screenshot of his song of choice for the day -- Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." Yeah, this one. "Call me what you want," Durant says on Instagram. Durant had a similar message for Thunder guard Russell Westbrook on Monday.

  • Thunder home-court advantage best in the league according to NBA GM's survey

    Published: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    NBA general managers were polled on 56 different questions -- from best teams, players, coaches, fans and offseason moves -- by NBA.com in the 13th Annual GM Survey. The results, released Wednesday morning, will surprise some. What's not surprising is that the Thunder was voted as the team with the best home-court advantage in the league. Nearly 43 percent of GMs said the Thunder had the NBA's best home-court advantage, dwarfing second-place Denver's 28.6 percent vote. The Thunder received an overwhelming 92.9 percent vote to win the Northwest Division. The next closest team is Portland at 7.1 percent. One has to wonder if the results of the poll were finalized before Kevin Durant's injury. Durant was voted No. 1 by wide margins "best at getting his own shot" (42.9 percent to Carmelo Anthony's 25.0) and "player you want taking a shot with the game on the line" (76.9 percent to Kobe Bryant's/LeBron James' 7.7). Durant and Russell Westbrook were ranked highly in several categories, with Westbrook voted as the fastest player with the ball in the NBA, beating Washington Wizards' guard John Wall. You can view the full poll here , but below are some other interesting Thunder-related voting results: Which team will win the 2015 NBA Finals? Tie-3, Chicago 11.5 percent, L.A. Clippers 11.5, Oklahoma City 11.5 (1. San Antonio 46.2) Which team will win the Western Conference finals? 2. Oklahoma City 29.6 (1. San Antonio Spurs 55.6) Who will win the 2014-15 MVP? 2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 21.4 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 67.9) If you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player in the NBA, who would it be? Tie-2, Anthony Davis, New Orleans 25.0; Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 25.0 (1. James, Cleveland 50.0) Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments? 2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 11.5 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 76.9) Who is the best point guard in the NBA? 2. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 10.7 (1. Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers 71.4) Who is the best shooting guard in the NBA ? 5. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 3.7 (1. James Harden, Houston 63.0) Who is the best small forward in the NBA? 2. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 25.0 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 75.0) Who is the best power forward in the NBA? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (Tie-1, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers) Which international player is most likely to have a breakout season in 2014-15? Also receiving votes: Steven Adaams, Oklahoma City (1. Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto 33.3) Who is the best defensive player in the NBA? Tie-3, Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 14.3 ; Dwight Howard, Houston 14.3 (1. Joakim Noah, Chicago 35.7) Who is the best interior defender in the NBA? 2. Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City 25.0 (1. Joakim Noah, Chicago 39.3) Which team is the most fun to watch? 4. Oklahoma City 3.6 (1. Golden State 57.1) Which team has the best homecourt advantage? 1. Oklahoma City 42.9 Which player is the most athletic? Tie-2, Russell Westbrook, Oklahma City 10.7 ; Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers, 10.7 (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 50.0); also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City . Which player is the best pure shooter? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (1. Stephen Curry, Golden State 60.7) Which player is the fastest with the ball? Tie-1, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 40.7 ; John Wall, Washington 40.7 Which player is best at getting his own shot? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 42.9; also receiving votes: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Which player is the most dangerous in the open floor? Also receiving votes: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (1. LeBron James, Cleveland 74.1) Which player is the best finisher at the rim? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (1. LeBron James, Cleveland) Who is the toughest player in the NBA? Also receiving votes: Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City (1. Tony Allen, Memphis 25.9) Which player is the best leader? Also receiving votes: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio 35.7) Who is the league's best role player? Also receiving votes: Nick Collison, Oklahoma City (1. Boris Diaw, San Antonio 11.1) Which player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City 76.9

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 22, 2014

    Berry Tramel is answering your questions from H&H Shooting Sports on the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in on the Sooners, Cowboys, Thunder and more.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder wrap up its preseason schedule against the Utah Jazz tonight at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant becomes underwear endorser for Neff Headwear

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s current inactivity on the court isn’t affecting his momentum in the business world. The Thunder superstar partnered with another company on Tuesday afternoon, with Neff Headwear announcing Durant as its newest endorser. “We teamed up with NBA superstar and global icon Kevin Durant to create an exclusive designer underwear collection,” the company wrote […]

  • James Harden defends his bad defense

    Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Much has been said about James Harden's defensive shortcomings. The former Oklahoma City Thunder guard is defending his lack of defense, saying that it's a matter of him staying focused for an entire game. Harden does admit that there's a need for improvement from the Rockets' defense - himself included. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden told USA Today. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor."

  • Transcript of Kevin Durant's first meeting with the media since his injury

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    For the first time since the first significant injury of his life, Kevin Durant spoke with the media on Tuesday morning. Here is the transcript: What’s your frame of mind coming out of surgery? It was good. It was different experience for me, never been injured before. Throughout this whole process, the Thunder’s been great […]

  • Kevin Durant says 'I'm not going to rush' back from surgery

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    With a scooter for his surgically repaired right foot, Thunder forward Kevin Durant rolled into Monday's press conference and said he won't rush back from the first major injury of his career. Durant addressed the media for the first time since news of his injury was revealed last week. Durant said he wouldn't rush back from an injury that's expected to keep him out 6-8 weeks. Durant had a screw placed in his right foot to repair a Jones fracture. "It's something that's definitely going to help my foot and make it better in the long run," Durant said about surgery . The 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player was positive about missing time to injury, particularly in regard to his teammates . When asked about Russell Westbrook, Durant said he's had conversations with the Thunder point guard about doing what he always does. "Stay who you are," Durant said. "You may get more opportunities but you don't have to change what you do."

  • Live Coverage: Kevin Durant Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Oct 21, 2014

    Kevin Durant speaks with the media at 9:30 a.m. from the Thunder practice facility. Follow our live coverage with The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Preseason is winding down, and the Thunder still have questions. Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry yours on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Kevin Durant posts Instagram photos of himself on crutches: "I'll be back"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Oct 17, 2014

    With surgery completed, the reigning MVP has finally started the clock toward recovery. Kevin Durant had his Jones fracture operated on in Charlotte on Thursday afternoon, then quickly returned home to Oklahoma City. And upon arrival, Durant posted a pair of Instagram photos, one of himself crutching around the house and the other of him […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans Preseason

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder face off against the New Orleans Pelicans in their fourth preseason game tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook out of lineup against Pelicans

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will not play tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans, The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry reports. Westbrook is fine and is just taking the night off. He'll play again Friday against the Toronto Raptors in Wichita, Kan., in the Thunder's fourth preseason game. The Thunder is still battling a slew of injuries. Unless you're counting Steven Adams, the starting lineup for tonight's game contains none of the Thunder's traditional regular-season starters.

  • VIDEO: Steven Adams and Reggie Jackson team up for hilarious commercial

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Oct 16, 2014

    With Steven Adams expected to get an enhanced offensive role this season, he needs to be in tune with his point guards. On Tuesday night, it looked like Adams had developed a nice connection with Russell Westbrook, who fed the big man four easy hoops in the second quarter of OKC’s preseason win over Memphis. […]

  • LeBron James texts Kevin Durant support, says 'game's not the same'

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Kevin Durant is out for the Thunder. That saddens LeBron James. The former league MVP sent his support to Durant via text after hearing earlier this week that Durant would be sidelined for up to two months with a foot fracture. Fear not, King James. There's no guarantees, but if Durant sits out the full eight weeks, his expected return is Dec. 9 --  two days before James' Cleveland Cavaliers play in Oklahoma City on Dec. 11. (h/t For The Win )

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 117-107 preseason win over Memphis

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    Here are five observations from the Thunder’s 117-107 preseason win over Memphis on Tuesday: 1. All Adams, all the time – Steven Adams heard two quick whistles in the first three minutes on Tuesday night. Foul trouble, again, banished him to the bench. But that may be the only thing that’ll be able to keep him there this year. Upon […]