• Russell Westbrook may need a new agent; the Pistons are hiring his

    From The Oklahoman Staff | Published: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    Famed agent Arn Tellem, whose clients include Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, is taking a senior management position with the group that owns the Detroit Pistons, according to a Yahoo Sports report. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower will run the Pistons' front office and basketball operations. Tellem will become vice chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment, reporting to owner Tom Gores. Wojnarowski write: "Tellem will largely become the Pistons' ownership face in Michigan." Tellem had previous headed Wasserman Media, which represents more than 50 players including Westbrook, New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Chicago's Derrick Rose and "several of this summer's most prominent free agents – Memphis' Marc Gasol, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Golden State's Draymond Green," Wojnarowski writes. Westbrook is eligible to become a free agent following the 2017 season. He will make $16.7 million next season and $17.8 million in 2016-17.

  • The Oklahoman at the NBA Finals: Thunder-flavored notes from Game 1

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The NBA Finals tipped off with a bang on Thursday night, opening with an overtime thriller in Oakland, which the Warriors eventually won 108-100. The Oklahoman is in the Bay Area for the first couple games. Here are some Thunder-flavored nuggets from Game 1: -Most players have their pet spots on the floor. Especially shooters. They can be […]

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant spaces out about Jolly Ranchers in new Sonic commercial

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Kevin Durant’s not in this year’s NBA Finals, but his face is still popping up. During Game 1, Sonic released its latest commercial with KD. And it’s a good one. Here it is:

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks lottery format, player health and more

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    OAKLAND — About an hour before Game 1 of the NBA Finals tipped in Oracle Arena on Thursday night, commissioner Adam Silver held a state of the league type press conference, fielding questions on a variety of topics, ranging from player health to lottery reform to the need for a new arena in Oakland. Here’s […]

  • Report: Thunder talks with former Magic coach James Borrego about assistant coach position

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The Thunder assistant coach search has a new name, as former Orlando Magic coach James Borrego has reportedly been in talks with Oklahoma City about filling a spot on Billy Donovan's staff. Borrego took over the Magic as the interim coach following the firing of Jacques Vaughn last season, leading Orlando to a 10-20 record under his watch. The Magic hired Scott Skiles earlier this week as its new head coach. Borrego is from the San Antonio Spurs coaching tree - spending seven seasons working under Gregg Popovich from 2003-10 in roles ranging from assistant video coordinator to assistant coach – and was a part of two NBA championship teams (2005, 2007). He also has experience with Monty Williams, the former New Orleans Pelicans coach who has reportedly agreed to come to the Thunder to become Billy Donovan's lead assistant. Borrego was an assistant under Williams for two seasons in New Orleans, and the two also worked together as assistants in San Antonio, where Thunder general manager Sam Presti was a member of the front office.

  • Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    LeBron James has been to five NBA Finals. Thursday night, that number becomes six. LeBron is 2-3 in the Finals, and frankly, that’s about where he ought to be. His Cavaliers were nowhere near in the Spurs’ class in 2007, and ditto for 2014. You might argue that LeBron’s Heat should have beaten the Mavericks […]

  • Cavs need a monumental upset to beat the Warriors

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The Warriors and the Cavaliers begin the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and LeBron James is so good, he makes you think Cleveland has a fighting chance. But LeBron will have to buck history to raise his third O’Brien Trophy. The Warriors are not just the best of the West. They are historically good. Golden […]

  • Why the (underrated) Warriors will win the NBA Finals

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    WE PICK'EM -- Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel make their picks for everything from the NBA Finals to the next Iowa State coach. And even figure out who's the best coach in college football.

  • The 10 best father-son duos in NBA history

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Two of the best father-son combinations in NBA history are represented in the NBA Finals. Both with the Warriors. The fathers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were uncommonly good — if under the radar — NBA players. Dell Curry is one of the best players in Charlotte Hornets history. Mychal Thompson was the first […]

  • Added bonus of the Monty Williams hire – his established relationship with Kevin Durant

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The Thunder needed to add a heavy dose of NBA experience to its assistant coaching staff. And, apparently, they’ve done it, reportedly landing former Pelicans lead man Monty Williams to be the lead assistant. Williams is expected to help Billy Donovan navigate through professional waters for the first time. But he comes with another, potentially bigger, bonus […]

  • Bulls name Fred Hoiberg head coach

    Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    The Chicago Bulls announced today the hiring of Fred Hoiberg as their new head coach. Hoiberg, 42, coached Iowa State the past five seasons, leading the Cyclones to back-to-back Big 12 tournament championships in 2014 and 2015, as well as four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Hoiberg spent 14 seasons in the NBA, 10 as a player and four in the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

  • Questions and answers with Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    R.J. Hunter was in town Monday for a workout with the Thunder. Let him tell it, the workout went great. The former Georgia State shooting guard could be in play with the Thunder at the 14th pick, as he would provide additional size, length and shooting at the off-guard position. There are questions, however, about […]

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook are the best No. 35, 0 in NBA history says Mitchell and Ness

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    No. 0 and No. 35 have become synonymous in the NBA for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, respectively. Not convinced? Well, vintage sports apparel company Mitchell and Ness created a list of the best players to wear each number in NBA history – from 00 to 99 – and the Thunder duo is on it. […]

  • LeBron vs. Curry: How to determine the real MVP

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The NBA Finals begin this week, and it’s a clear matchup of Team vs. Superstar. Golden State Warriors vs. LeBron James. So why does the Team have the NBA’s most valuable player? Steph Curry won the award in 2015, in a tight vote over James Harden second, with LeBron a distant third. The whole MVP […]

  • The Thunder were hot on international prospect Kristaps Porzingis. Look where he's at now.

    Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The Thunder is notorious for finding and developing gems in the draft. Serge Ibaka. Steven Adams. Kristaps Porzingis could have been that next guy . The 7-foot-1 international big man who the Thunder were reported interested in drafting in 2014 is now a consensus Top 5 pick. Grantland.com followed Porzingis through the draft process in Part 1 of a three-part series. From Grantland.com's Danny Chau: "He’s like a young Robin trying on Batman’s utility belt -- the tools are there, and they’re incredible. They just don’t fit yet, and you can’t be too sure that they ever will." More from NewsOK Thunder target Porzingis pulls out of 2014 NBA Draft

  • Orlando Magic name Scott Skiles head coach

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    The Orlando Magic named Scott Skiles their head coach on Friday. Skiles has had head coaching stints with the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks in 13 seasons as a head coach, compiling a 443-433 (.506) record and six playoff appearances. Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks had his name thrown around as a candidate for the Magic head coaching job, particularly because of his connection to Orlando general manager and former Thunder executive Rob Hennigan. Brooks, however, has reportedly decided to take the year off to look at television opportunities and reconnect with family in California.

  • Questions and answers with Murray State point guard, reported Thunder target Cameron Payne

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    The NBA Draft is one month from tonight, yet some apparently think the Thunder already has pinpointed its pick. According to Chad Ford of ESPN.com, there is growing buzz among rival general managers that OKC has made a promise to Murray State point guard Cameron Payne with the 14th overall pick. It wouldn’t be the […]

  • NBA Finals: What are the odds of the Warriors winning, LeBron wearing a headband and more

    From The Oklahoman Staff | Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    CLEVELAND VS. GOLDEN STATE -- Here's the serious and not-so-serious odds for the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan gives Florida softball team pep talk before WCWS

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Every year in late May, the college softball world descends upon Oklahoma City with the eight best teams battling it out for the Women’s College World Series. Often, Florida, a national softball power and the defending champs, is included among that group. The Gators are here again this year. And with Thunder coach Billy Donovan, […]

  • Tramel: Why Gregg Popovich is a basketball coach, not a pilot

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    I received an email this week from Wayne Baughman, the wrestling icon who was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Baughman went to John Marshall High School, then was an NCAA individual champion at OU and a member of two NCAA title teams for the Sooners. Baughman is the only wrestler […]