• VIDEO: Kevin Durant gives himself food-inspired pep talk in new Sonic commercial

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Sonic has welcomed back Kevin Durant with a new commercial involving the Thunder star, some heavenly music and an inner monologue centered around boneless wings. The 1-minute spot is a funny play off the Beats by Dre headphone commercials popularized by NFL players such as Richard Sherman and Colin Kaepernick. The commercial has Durant getting out of his car in slow motion, sporting  headphones, a pristine khaki-colored tailored suit and some shiny red dress shoes. It's setting up to be a pretty poignant piece. Then, you hear what Durant's listening to: His own voice. "OK, KD. Welcome back. It's time to give it everything you've got. It's time to win. "Because

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 112-106 season-opening win over the Spurs

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Fantastic season-opener for both Thunder fans and objective observers. Great basketball, an electric environment, a solid finish and a good early peak at what should be a deep and dangerous Thunder team. Here are five observations from OKC's 112-106 win over the Spurs: 1. KD vs Kawhi - Just as Kevin Durant is reclaiming his superstardom, Kawhi Leonard is ascending and cementing his place in that rare air. What a matchup on Wednesday night.  There was a play midway through the first quarter -- one of those impossible to block Durant elbow mini-fadeaways -- where you felt like, wow, doesn't matter how much Kawhi hounds him, Durant just may be in for one of those nights.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne inactive against Spurs

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Those hoping to see Thunder rookie Cameron Payne on the court in the team’s home debut tonight will be disappointed. Along with forward Josh Huestis, the lefty point guard was ruled inactive against the Spurs. Thunder coach Billy Donovan cited a need for frontcourt depth against the Spurs as the reason for not going with Payne among his 13 active players. “We’ve got each and every game an opportunity to move people around,” Donovan said. “From a frontcourt standpoint, just to have a little bit more depth there … I thought was important just because I thought Mitch (McGary) having that concussion and being out, just trying to get (him) back into the flow a little bit.

  • Thunder honors the late Bob Barry Jr. with media room plaque

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    When media members walked into the press room for Wednesday night's Thunder season opener, they were greeted by a familiar face. It was Bob Barry, Jr. The Thunder honored the late sportscaster by hanging a plaque with his likeness in the media room. BBJ, as he was affectionately referred to by many, is the first media member to be honored with a plaque in the Thunder media room. The plaque reads: "The Oklahoma City Thunder honors the life and legacy of Bob Barry Jr. The passion, joy and grand sense of humor that "BBJ" demonstrated when covering the Thunder and the NBA will forever remain a part of Oklahoma's sports landscape. We are all better for knowing, watching and laughing alongside one of our very

  • Thunder fan dedicates website to keeping Kevin Durant in OKC

    Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Move over "KD2DC." Say hello to "OKLOVESKD." It's a website created by a Thunder fan named Ben Parker who is giving Oklahomans an opportunity to show Kevin Durant how much he means to the state in hopes that it will persuade the star to stay put. Durant will become a free agent on July 1, and the basketball world is eagerly anticipating his decision. Multiple teams have spent the past several months preparing to make a run at Durant next summer, and fan bases have launched campaigns to entice Durant to join their favorite teams. Washington fans have been the most vocal and perhaps most passionate in trying to entice Durant to sign with his hometown team. Multiple movements have cropped up over the past few years, including comehomekd.com as well as the catchphrase "KD2DC," the most notable campaign that captures the hype surrounding Durant's impending free agency. Things are a little simpler at okloveskd.com, where Parker has created ready-made social media posts for fans to let Durant know how much he means to them. Another cool part of the site is the T-shirts Parker is selling. The blue shirt with orange writing has an image of the state of Oklahoma with the words "Keep KD in OKC 2016" written below it. All proceeds from the $25 shirt, according to the website, will benefit OU Children's Hospital.

  • Eastern Conference: Can the Bulls pass the Cavaliers?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

      The NBA season has arrived. Three games Tuesday night, 14 games Wednesday night, including Thunder-Spurs. Time to project the season. The Western Conference came this morning. Now it’s time for the Eastern Conference: Bulls 54-28: I don’t think Chicago will win the East. But I think Chicago will finish with the best record. Too many good players. When your backup big men are Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, you’ve got a heck of a team. Or a goofy coach. Cavaliers 53-29: Cleveland will yawn through the season, then in the playoffs, LeBron James will be introduced during pregame starting lineups, and things will look up. Heat 48-34: I really like Miami. Chris Bosh is a big-time player. Goran Dragic

  • Power Lunch: chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    The Thunder kicks off the 2015-16 NBA season tonight at home against San Antonio. Talk about the start of the season with Thunder writer Anthony Slater at 11 a.m.

  • Western Conference: Warriors, Thunder projected 1-2

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    The NBA season has arrived. Three games Tuesday night, 14 games Wednesday night, including Thunder-Spurs. Time to project the season. First, the Western Conference: Warriors 60-22: Golden State’s only health question is coach Steve Kerr. The Warriors have virtually the same roster that roared to the NBA title last season. But can interim coach Luke Walton steer the ship? Thunder 57-25: Kevin Durant’s foot is the primary health question. Durant says he’s fine. We’ll find out soon enough. If Durant is right, the Thunder is loaded. Spurs 55-27: San Antonio might go through some growing pains with newcomer LaMarcus Aldridge, but man, once the Spurs get grown, that should be an awesome lineup.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan undecided on starters, inactives ahead of Spurs

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    On the eve of his first regular season game as Thunder coach, Billy Donovan didn’t have any solid answers on who would start or which two players would be inactive against the San Antonio Spurs. Donovan went with a starting lineup of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams, and Andre Roberson in four of the Thunder's six preseason games. "Obviously, we've gone the same way pretty much except for the Memphis game, so we'll probably announce that tomorrow," Donovan said Tuesday, adding that inactives would also be decided closer to game time. "We wanted to basically get through practice today," he said. "We'll probably make that decision tomorrow morning right

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook reflects on visit to Stillwater crash victims

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Just days after a car crash during an Oklahoma State homecoming parade in Stillwater left four dead and numerous people critically and seriously injured, Thunder players have been quick to offer support to the victims and their families. Numerous photos surfaced on social media Monday of Thunder players visiting with kids at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. On Tuesday, Russell Westbrook said it was the players’ decision to cancel a previous engagement in order to go to the hospital. “It was amazing to be able to go in there,” Westbrook said. “I saw two little girls … to be able to see their faces, see them smile, was just a blessing.

  • OKC Thunder: Stephen A. Smith picks Thunder for NBA Finals, Westbrook for MVP

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    A few weeks ago, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Thunder forward Kevin Durant had a rift through the media that had Durant claiming Smith was “telling stories” about his interest in the L.A. Lakers in free agency. But just because the two went at it a bit doesn’t mean Smith isn’t a Thunder believer. Smith went on ESPN’s First Take Tuesday and picked Russell Westbrook to win league MVP. Smith also picked the Thunder to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. "I got to go w/@okcthunder meeting @KingJames in the Finals." - @stephenasmith #NBAtake pic.twitter.

  • Projecting the Eastern Conference playoff picture

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry tries to project the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

  • Projecting the Western Conference playoff picture

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry tries to predict the Western Conference playoff picture.

  • PHOTO: Nike unveils Kevin Durant's shoe for Thunder's home opener

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Here's Kevin Durant's shoe of choice for the Thunder's season debut against the Spurs. On Tuesday, Nike unveiled opening-night colorways for the KD8, LeBron 13 and the Kobe X. According to Nike "Durant’s opening night shoe pays tribute to his team and hometown via an intermixed skyline and city map graphic depicting Oklahoma City with DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia). "The black-and-white design showcases the versatility of the KD8 Flyweave upper, which can be sublimated with graphics.

  • Harden trade becomes less tolerable with each passing year

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Three years ago tonight, Oklahoma lost a football game to Notre Dame, and it wasn’t even the biggest sports story of the evening. Who still talks about the Fighting Irish’s 30-13 victory over the Sooners? But people talk about the James Harden trade almost every day. Three years ago tonight, the Thunder traded Harden to Houston, and it didn’t seem like a bad idea at the time. But two things have changed the trade’s effects: Injuries. The Thunder has been star-crossed since the trade. Would Harden’s presence have been enough to make up for the loss of Russell Westbrook in the 2013 postseason? Hanging onto Harden just for that extra season would have come in handy. Payroll landscape.

  • Thunder, Oklahoma State players visit Stillwater crash victims in hospital

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Following the tragic car crash at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade in Stillwater this weekend, athletes around the state have rallied together to support the victims and their families. The efforts of the Oklahoma City Thunder were on full display Monday, as photos began making the rounds on social media of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and numerous Thunder players visiting families at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma State football and soccer players were also in attendance.

  • Russell Westbrook No. 7 in ESPN's #NBArank

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    For the past five years, ESPN has polled a panel of voters to rank who will be the best player in the upcoming season. Last year, Russell Westbrook ranked No. 4 in ESPN's #NBArank. This year, Westbrook has taken a slight step back, as voters have him ranked No. 7 going into 2015-16. ESPN unveiled Nos. 6-10 on Monday, and Westbrook is right behind Clippers guard Chris Paul, who comes in at No. 6. Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (No. 10), Clippers forward Blake Griffin (No. 9), and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (No. 8) make up the rest of the revealed Top 10. Nos. 1-5 will be announced at a later date, presumably with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, LeBron James and Anthony Davis rounding out the list

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Steven Adams comment on their creative Halloween costumes

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Steven Adams showed up to the Thunder's Halloween party this past weekend pumped up, figuring his version of the Joker from Batman -- face paint, nurse outfit and all -- would win the contest for best costume. "I was fully committed," Adams said. But upon arrival, Adams ran into a Russell Westbrook version of himself and soon realized second place was the best possible result. The Thunder's point guard dressed as the Thunder's center and stole the show. "Well played," Adams admitted. "Top form. Good from him." Westbrook's attention to detail was particularly impressive.

  • OKC Thunder: What Kevin Durant has said about his upcoming free agency

    By Anthony Slater Staff Writer aslater@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Ever since LeBron James opted for a return to Cleveland back in the summer of 2014, all free agency eyes have shifted to Kevin Durant. Even though it was still two years away, Durant was the next big fish on the board. Will he stay in Oklahoma City? Will he bolt to a big market? Or will he, similar to LeBron, choose to go home and play in Washington? For the past 15 months, there's been plenty of speculation, rumors and reaction. With the most crucial nine months still ahead until the decision, there's still a ton of factors yet to play out. But Durant hasn't shied away from addressing the subject and shooting down rumors.

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary expected to play against Spurs

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Thunder coach Billy Donovan announced Monday that Mitch McGary will be available to play against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. The second-year forward went through full contact at practice on Monday. Since suffering a concussion against the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 16, McGary on-court activity has been limited as he's had to pass the NBA's mandated concussion protocol and testing before returning to action. McGary missed the Thunder's final two preseason games last week, but is all-go for the season opener at Chesapeake Energy Arena. "He'll be cleared for Wednesday," Donovan said. "He did some light stuff on Saturday but was able to do some contact today. He was out