• 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.

  • 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."