• Durant, Westbrook comment on former teammate Thabo Sefolosha’s acquittal

    Erik Horne | Updated: 2 hr ago

    On Friday morning, former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of charges stemming from an April incident with police outside a New York City night club. Thunder players Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were asked about the ruling at Thunder shootaround Friday. Here’s what they had to say: Westbrook: “Great guy, man. Once I heard whatever happened that night – especially that he was injured, that was the most important part, that he hurt himself – I just called to check on him, his family. He has a great family; Thabo’s a great guy. He’s been great since he’s been here; he was at my wedding, he’s a real good guy to talk to. So, I’m happy

  • Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha acquitted in NYC police fracas

    By TOM HAYS Associated Press | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta Hawks' player Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted Friday in a case stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy New York City nightclub. A Manhattan jury found Sefolosha, who played five seasons for the Oklahoma City Thunder (2009-2014), not guilty of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. The guard-forward, who suffered a fractured right leg in the April 8 struggle with police, was accused of repeatedly disobeying the orders of officers telling him to leave the area around the club where another NBA player, Chris Copeland, had been stabbed.

  • Thunder coach Billy Donovan on alert for Fenerbahce 3-point shooting

    Erik Horne | Updated: 19 hr ago

    If you’re looking for a main threat from Fenerbahce on Friday night, look deep, says Thunder coach Billy Donovan. “I think we’re gonna really, really be challenged and stretched from the 3-point line,” Donovan said. “I think that they are a team that’s gonna run a lot of good action, a lot of good pick-and-rolls. "They’re gonna space the floor, they’re gonna really test our defense from behind the line, and then, obviously, open the floor up and drive it as well.” The Thunder not only shot the 3-pointer well against the Timberwolves (11-of-22), but held Minnesota to just 4-of-18 from beyond the arc. Fenerbahce made 11-of-21 (52.

  • Russell Westbrook is still young ... just ask him

    Erik Horne | Updated: 20 hr ago

    In 2008, Russell Westbrook was a 20-year-old rookie point guard facing off against veterans like Steve Nash and Derek Fisher in his first preseason games. Timberwolves rookie Tyus Jones, 19, received a sampling of that newcomer vs. veteran matchup Wednesday night. Westbrook nearly had a triple-double in 22 minutes (14 points, 13 assists, eight rebounds) while Jones went 0-for-5 from the floor in his first NBA game. But don’t consider Westbrook the old man in that battle. When asked what it’s like for young guards to play against vets like himself in preseason, Westbrook, 26, quickly noted that’s he’s not over the hill.

  • Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Ekpe Udoh returns home with Fenerbahce

    Erik Horne | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Fenerbahce Ulker’s arrival in Oklahoma City to play the Thunder also marks the return of a native Oklahoman. Former Edmond Santa Fe and Baylor standout Ekpe Udoh is in his first season with the Turkish club and is slated to start Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. On Monday, Udoh had eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 101-96 win over the Brooklyn Nets, the first U.S. game for Fenerbahce Ulker in its Euroleague Basketball World Tour. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound Udoh was the sixth overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 2010 NBA Draft. After five seasons in the league with the Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers, Udoh signed a one-year, $1 million deal with

  • Report: NBA to investigate Derek Fisher-Matt Barnes confrontation

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The NBA is investigating a physical confrontation that occurred between New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes on Saturday in Los Angeles. As first reported by the New York Post, Fisher was in California visiting his children and was visiting the house shared by Barnes and his estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes, who was in Santa Barbara with the Grizzlies for training camp, arrived at the house and a physical confrontation ensued. Fisher, who filed for divorce from his wife in March, is considering legal action against Barnes, according to Yahoo Sports. Per Yahoo Sports, "The Knicks, Grizzlies and NBA security have been made aware of the incident and are expected to soon start working together on a probe of Saturday night's events." Fisher, 41, last played in the NBA for the Thunder before he was hired as Knicks coach in June 2014. Barnes has his own history with the Thunder, as recently as this summer calling Thunder forward Serge Ibaka a dirty player , which stemmed from Barnes' time with the Los Angeles Clippers. Fisher and Barnes were teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers from 2011-12. Fisher's Knicks and Barnes's Grizzlies will play twice this season - Jan. 16 in Memphis and Feb. 5 in New York.

  • Former Thunder forward Caron Butler recounts Arenas-Crittenton gun incident

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Former Thunder player Caron Butler's memoirs, "Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA," was released on Wednesday, and the 13-year veteran went into greater detail about one of the most franchise-altering incidents in NBA history. In an excerpt describing the infamous Dec. 2009 locker room gun incident between then-Washington Wizards players Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton, Butler says in his memoir that he was in the room when Crittenton pointed a loaded gun at Arenas. The argument started over a card game dispute on the Wizards' team plane, one in which Arenas pocketed $1,100 Crittenton felt he was owed by Arenas. Butler describes the locker room scene as him convincing Crittenton that he would ruin his career and life if he shot Arenas: I talked calmly to Javaris, reminding him that his entire career, not to mention, perhaps, his life, would be over if he flicked that trigger finger. I looked back at Gilbert. He was silent as he removed himself from the scene. Javaris slowly lowered the gun. I know that Gilbert was thinking, “I went too far. I had a gun pointed at me and it was loaded.” Butler played in 40 games (including postseason) for the Thunder in 2013-14. (h/t Dan Steinberg, Washington Post )

  • Live coverage: Thunder at Timberwolves

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The Thunder opens the preseason tonight at 7. The game is not being televised. But we've got you covered with up-to-the-minute updates from Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Billy Donovan reiterates Kevin Durant free agency stance on SiriusXM

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Thunder coach Billy Donovan was a guest on SirusXM NBA Radio with Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence on Tuesday and was asked about Kevin Durant's impending free agency. Donovan told local media on Monday that he doesn't involve himself in Durant's free agency or talk to him about the decision to come in the summer of 2016. His answer was similar on Tuesday: "Kevin's going to handle his situation, but the one thing I do know about Kevin is that he's really focused and locked in on this season. Him not playing this year, I think he's just anxious to play.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan expresses support for his former coach Flip Saunders

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS -- Billy Donovan is a first-year NBA head coach. But his professional ties are deep and far-ranging. The Thunder is in Minnesota tonight for Donovan's first preseason game, facing a Timberwolves organization that employs Flip Saunders as its team president and head coach. But Saunders is currently battling Hodgkin's lymphoma and on a leave of absence. Sam Mitchell is the interim coach. At Wednesday's shootaround, Donovan was asked about Saunders and revealed a connection between the two. "You know, I've known Flip for a long time," Donovan said. "Not many people know this, but Flip coached me in the CBA in Rapid City, South Dakota. I've always had great respect and admiration for him. He's always

  • Russell Westbrook to present Kevin Durant into Oklahoma Hall of Fame: "He's like a brother to me"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Kevin Durant will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Nov. 19 in Tulsa. When concocting ideas for who would present him, a collaborative discussion landed on Russell Westbrook, Durant's teammate for all seven seasons in OKC. "He didn't hesitate," Durant said. "It's pretty cool. I can't wait to hear what he has to say about me." The two have quite the history together, from that infamous 3-29 start back in 2008 through the climb to NBA elite status. Together, the perennial All-Stars have led the Thunder to three trips to the Western Conference Finals in the past five years. Through the journey, they've had various on-court disagreements, often leading to public discourse about whether their

  • Thunder starters announced for preseason opener

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The Thunder will go with Enes Kanter in the starting lineup against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in Minneapolis (7 p.m.) With Steven Adams missing tonight's game with back soreness, Kanter will play center alongside Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant in the Thunder frontcourt. Andre Roberson and Russell Westbrook will start at shooting guard and point guard, respectively. Thunder starting lineup tonight: Westbrook, Roberson, Durant, Ibaka, Kanter. Steven Adams is out with back soreness. — Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 7, 2015 Tonight's game will not be televised, but can be heard on the radio via WWLS 98.1 FM (640 AM).

  • Thunder to stream Oct. 18 preseason game against Nuggets

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Those looking to see the Thunder on television in the preseason opener will be out of luck. But there are two viewable preseason games to come. The team’s game Wednesday against Minnesota will not be broadcast by network affiliates of the Thunder or the Timberwolves. The Thunder’s first preseason game on TV will be Oct. 13 against the Dallas Mavericks at the BOK Center in Tulsa, and will be broadcast by Fox Sports Oklahoma. A Thunder spokesman told The Oklahoman that it will provide a Livestream of the Oct. 18 game against the Denver Nuggets on its website (okcthunder.com). The stream will also be available on the site following the game for replay.

  • Donovan 'not 100-percent sure' on Thunder's starting shooting guard

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    As open as Billy Donovan was about projected preseason minutes for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, he hasn't quite figured out who will start for the Thunder at shooting guard. In the Thunder's scrimmage Sunday, Andre Roberson started at shooting guard for the White team, which was comprised of mostly starters in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. But on Tuesday, Donovan didn't know who the starter would be alongside Westbrook in the preseason opener against Minnesota. "We're probably gonna talk a little more about that," Donovan said. "There's a good chance there could be different starting lineups coming out of the half than started the game. I'm not really 100-percent sure yet what we want to do

  • Durant, Westbrook minutes revealed by Billy Donovan

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Coming off of his rehab from foot surgery, a big question is what kind of minutes restriction, if any, will be placed on Kevin Durant. On Tuesday, Billy Donovan provided a first glimpse at how much Durant and Russell Westbrook would play, at least in the first preseason game. “I think for Russell and Kevin, getting those guys between 18 and 22 (minutes),” Donovan said. “And I think slowly building up from there as we move closer to the opening game. “A lot of that stuff with lineups, too, is we’re gonna have to – at least I am and our staff – come up with different packages for different alignments. At any point in time you want to play D.J.

  • Steven Adams to likely miss Thunder's first preseason game

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Steven Adams will likely miss the Thunder’s first preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves as he continues to work through back soreness. Adams participated in some contact portions of Thunder practice Tuesday, but has practiced sparingly since missing practice last Thursday. The 7-footer was also held out of the Thunder’s scrimmage Sunday. “My guess is right now, from a precautionary standpoint, they’ll probably hold him out,” Donovan said. “I think he’s moving in the right direction, I just don’t think he’ll play tomorrow.

  • Video: Thunder Blue-White Scrimmage at Newcastle High School

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    This is for the die-hard Thunder heads. For all of you who couldn't make it to the team's annual Blue-White scrimmage on Sunday at Newcastle High School, thank God for YouTube. While you're at it, thank Dylan Jones, too. He's one of the 2,000 or so fans who were fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of this year's Thunder team. And he had the foresight to film it. Note: we planned on doing a live stream at NewsOK.com on Sunday but were rebuffed by the team for some reason that sounded like, well, because. I'm not sure really. At any rate, the internet wins again. Enjoy.

  • VIDEO: Stephen A Smith responds to Kevin Durant comments on ESPN's First Take

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Last week, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported that if Kevin Durant doesn't re-sign with the Thunder, "L.A. (Lakers) is his primary objective." Durant responded, saying Smith was lying. Smith responded the same day via Twitter and the world awaited the next chapter. It was presumed Smith would go into deeper length about his mini-beef with Durant on ESPN's First Take on Monday. Smith did, along with his co-host Skip Bayless.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Interviews with Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter and more

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    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 the Thunder. 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 - 10/05 (<–Click Here) -- In the second part of our player interview podcast, we sit down with Russell Westbrook, Enes Kanter, Billy Donovan and more. Archive Thunder Buddies - 09/30 (<–Click Here) -- Training camp is in full swing, meaning we're finally getting a small feel for this team.

  • This Russell Westbrook Promo Will Get You Jacked For His 2015-16 Season

    Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Russ couldn't carry the Thunder to the playoffs by himself last season. That just gives him more motivation. This highlight mix shows that.