• 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 […]

  • From Adams to Westbrook: All of The Oklahoman's Thunder player season reviews in one spot

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel went in-depth following the Thunder season, touching on everything from report cards to roundtable discussions. Below is the list of Thunder season reviews for each player, including video analysis from Slater on each. Wednesday, May 13: Serge Ibaka  Thursday, May 14: Andre RobersonFriday, May […]

  • VIDEO: Justin Bieber shoots at Kevin Durant with a Nerf gun

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    What is Kevin Durant up to? Oh nothing, just hanging out with Justin Bieber in California. According to this YouTube video, Bieber was in California with Durant last week when he popped him with a Nerf gun. Seems like Durant is enjoying his offseason. Bieber could have at least hooked Durant up with a weapon of his own. Sort of an unfair fight, especially since Durant probably can't get around very well at the moment. At least Durant and Bieber got some shopping done , too.

  • VIDEO: Kendrick Perkins in hot tub celebration with LeBron James, JR Smith after sweep of Hawks

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Hey, check out this photo. That “old” guy in the background with the towel over his shoulders. Remember him? Why, that’s no other than former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins, who is going back to the NBA Finals for the fourth time in his career after the Cavs swept the Atlanta Hawks 4-0 in the Eastern […]

  • Celebrate! The Eastern Conference Finals are over

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Eastern Conference Finals are over. Let us all give thanks. Not for what we had. Our long national nightmare is over. The short-handed Cavaliers mercifully swept the top-seeded but outmanned Hawks, finishing off Atlanta 118-88 Tuesday night in a game I can’t tell you a lot about. I turned it off after three quarters. […]