• Serge Ibaka makes SI.com's Top 25 NBA players

    Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    SI.com is counting down its Top 100 players in the NBA for 2015, and it looks like (as expected) the Thunder is going to have serious influence on the Top 25. Starting the final 25 is Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. From SI.com's Rob Mahoney: "Many of the flawed bigs in the NBA have interior offensive skill sets without the means to sufficiently protect the rim. Ibaka is the perfect complement and perhaps the only one this side of Anthony Davis able to give those players room to operate while still covering for their weaknesses." Other players of note that have been revealed in SI.com's list include former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson at No. 94. Kobe Bryant (54), Dwyane Wade (30), and Carmelo Anthony (15). Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will be in the Top 10, which is to be released on Thursday. The question is where will they land?

  • PHOTOS: Kevin Durant shows off KD8 colorways on Instagram

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Kevin Durant seemingly introduces a new colorway of his KD8 shoes each week. On Wednesday, he revealed a series of photos which included custom looks at the KD8 to possible future colorways.

  • Best NBA rule suggestion: Reduce timeouts

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Sports Illustrated has asked its six NBA writers a simple question. “If you were commissioner for a day, what rule changes would you make to the NBA?” Excellent question, and a good discussion. You can read the responses of the SI panel here. I’ll give you their answers, sans explanation, with my thoughts. And these are in order of how much I like them: Phil Taylor: Reduce timeouts. No. 1 answer. Each team gets six timeouts, plus TV timeouts. It kills the flow of the game in the final four minutes. In the final minute, there often are more timeouts than possession. A timeout is followed by a possession, which is followed by a timeout, which is followed by a possession, which is followed by a timeout.

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Predictions on the OU and Oklahoma State openers, College Football Playoff

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Berry Tramel jumps on the Power Lunch for his first chat of the football season at noon. Get your questions in now on the season openers for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the start of college football and more.

  • Report: Thunder star Russell Westbrook getting married this weekend

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    Last summer, Thunder star Russell Westbrook proposed to long-time girlfriend Nina Earl. This summer, the two are getting married. TMZ is reporting that Westbrook’s wedding will take place on Saturday in an undisclosed Los Angeles location. It’ll reportedly be a low-key event, which matches Westbrook’s private personality. The couple met at UCLA back in the late 2000s, when […]

  • During Hurricane Katrina, Thunder GM Sam Presti forged a friendship with an NBA player in need

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Former NBA guard Randy Livingston, a New Orleans native, didn't know who to reach out to 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. When Livingston had no one else to help his mother, Ada, he called then-San Antonio Spurs assistant general manager Sam Presti. It was Presti, who is now the general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who was able to arrange for Ada Livingston to stay at a hotel the Spurs normally used for "draft picks and friends of the program," according to Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Marc Spears.

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin shows off some tricks at Clippers facility

    Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Behold the skills of Blake Griffin. The former OU All-American has emerged as an all-around player since entering the league in 2010. He's not just dunks anymore. There's range, passing, dribbling ... and apparently ball tricks. Griffin posted a video to his Facebook in which he's rolling a ball around on his shoulders, arms and neck at the Clippers' practice facility. Impressive stuff. (h/t Melissa Rohlin)

  • Thunder's Nick Collison ranks fifth on NBA list

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    LeBron James was the first pick in the 2003 draft. Turns out the Cavs knew what they were doing. Darko Milicic went second; turns out the Pistons didn’t have a clue. Then came Carmelo and Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Chris Kaman went sixth, Kirk Hinrich seventh, T.J. Ford eighth. With the 12th pick, the Seattle SuperSonics took Nick Collison. The franchise was owned by Howard Schultz, coached by Nate McMillan and led by Ray Allen and Gary Payton. The Sonics no longer are in Seattle. Schultz isn’t the owner, McMillan isn’t the coach, and Allen and Payton are long-since retired, finishing with other teams. But Collison remains with the team. In fact, Collison is high on the NBA longevity

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook jams at Taylor Swift concert in L.A.

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    T SWIFT... WAS ROCKINNNN LAST NIGHT! ... @taylorswift13 http://t.co/gI9Ap8jX53 — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) August 26, 2015 Now we know one more way Russell Westbrook enjoys his time off. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard posted a video of himself at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday night taking in the Taylor Swift concert. Swift is performing five shows at the Staples Center (Kobe Bryant showed up at Friday's show), and Westbrook caught Show No. 4 of 5, which included a cameo from John Legend. Oh, and Westbrook signing Swift's hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."  

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant talks about the inspiration behind his new KD8 colorway 'Hunt's Hill Night'

    Published: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Nike Basketball released a video on Tuesday of Kevin Durant talking about his latest KD8 colorway - the Hunt's Hill Night. Durant's newest version of the KD8 is inspired by the hours he spent training on Hunt's Hill as a youngster in Maryland. "Late nights at Hunt's Hill they were tough because I had to run up 25 times or 30 times," Durant says. "It was a rough neighborhood so you never knew who was gonna come through there." The KD8 Hunt's Hill Night is available Sept 2.

  • Does the Thunder have the easiest schedule in the West?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    The NBA schedule is out, and not every schedule is created equal. The NBA’s unbalanced schedule, which requires divisional scheduling but no longer divisional standings, gives some teams an advantage. Like the Thunder. The NBA is expected to approve for the 2015-16 season a playoff format by which teams are seeded 1-8 strictly on record, regardless of divisions. But teams still are being scheduled with divisions. Every team plays a fellow division member four times, teams in the other conference twice each and teams in its own conference but not in its division three or four times. Which means the Thunder should have an easier schedule than most of its fellow Western Conference contenders.

  • Rookie Survey: Kevin Durant is NBA rookies' favorite player for second consecutive year

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    At the annual NBA Rookie Photo Shoot earlier this month, 36 rookies were surveyed from the NBA's latest draft class, and many of them picked Kevin Durant as their favorite player. When asked "Who is your favorite player in the league?," 21.2 percent of the rookies polled picked Durant in this year's NBA Rookie Survey. Durant, selected as the rookies' favorite player for the second year in a row, beat out Kobe Bryant (18.2 percent) and LeBron James (15.2 percent). Thunder guard Russell Westbrook picked up some votes, but not enough to land in the Top 6 with Durant, Bryant, James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade and James Harden. Who is your favorite player in the league? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 21.2 percent 2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 18.2 percent 3. LeBron James, Cleveland, 15.2 percent Tie-4, Stephen Curry, Golden State, 9.1 percent; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 9.1 percent 6. James Harden, Houston, 6.1 percent According to NBA.com, the top three vote-getters finished in the same order in 2014. Other Thunder players appearing in the Rookie Survey are rookies Dakari Johnson and Cameron Payne. Johnson received votes for the question "which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the draft?" Johnson was selected in the second round at No. 48 overall. Payne tied with Oklahoma State-killer Joseph Young in the "which rookie is the best playmaker" category, receiving 5.7 percent of the rookie vote. Payne also received votes for "which rookie is the funniest?" Which rookie is the best playmaker? 1. D'Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers, 40 percent 2. Tyus Jones, Minnesota, 17.1 percent 3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver, 14.3 percent 4. Delon Wright, Toronto, 8.6 percent Tie-5. Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City ; Joseph Young, Indiana, 5.7 percent. Check out all the results here at NBA.com.

  • Six things to know about the Thunder's preseason schedule

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Pro basketball will officially return to the state of Oklahoma in less than two months. But it’ll be of the exhibition variety. The Thunder released its preseason schedule on Tuesday afternoon, a six-game slate beginning in early October. Here’s something to know about each matchup. Oct. 7 – At Minnesota: Karl-Anthony Towns, the league’s No. 1 overall pick this past June, gets his first taste of NBA action against a stout Thunder frontline. But that’s not the only top pick the Wolves feature. Minnesota also has Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, the 2013 and 2014 No. 1 overall picks. With Wiggins, Towns, second-year pogo stick Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio, the Wolves have compiled some

  • Thunder releases 2015 preseason schedule

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder released its complete 2015 preseason schedule on Tuesday, which includes two games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder will open the preseason Oct. 7 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis, Minn., then will debut at home Oct. 9 against Turkish League club Fenerbahce Ulker - a former team of Thunder center Enes Kanter. The Thunder will play three games in Oklahoma - two at Chesapeake Energy Arena and one against the Dallas Mavericks at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Oct. 13. The team's final home game of the preseason is Oct. 18 against the Denver Nuggets. Single-game Thunder tickets for preseason and regular season games at Chesapeake Energy

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Billy Donovan talks Wall Street, building a dynasty at Florida

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Aug 17, 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 […]

  • WATCH: Russell Westbrook's Top 10 plays from the 2014-15 season

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    In case you've forgotten how stinking good Russell Westbrook was this past season, NBA.com has a reminder: Westbrook's Top 10 plays from the 2014-15 season. Enjoy.

  • Greg Oden signs with Jiangsu Dragons of Chinese Basketball Association

    Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    Former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Greg Oden has signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal to play for the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to multiple media reports. The Portland Trail Blazers selected Oden ahead of Kevin Durant in the 2007 NBA Draft. Oden, 27, has been limited to 105 games since being drafted due to injuries, including multiple microfracture knee surgery.

  • A look at Thunder coach Billy Donovan's early professional life at Marshall ... and on Wall Street

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    THUNDER UPDATE -- The Oklahoman's Jenni Carlson and Anthony Slater discuss Part 3 of the five-part series on Thunder coach Billy Donovan.

  • Kevin Durant had another bone break in his foot before third surgery

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    The bone graft that Kevin Durant underwent in March was to address " persistent soreness " ... and another break. Durant went in for a third surgery on his right foot because "it had a crack in it," Durant told Bleacher Report . In Kevin Ding's piece, Durant goes into detail about the bone-graft procedure he went through, saying he "got like an extra layer of bone on the side of my foot that they put in there." "That's why it took longer to heal," Durant said. From Ding: "On the most basic point, Durant is cleared to play fully now on a 'healed' bone. But when doctors say it is 'healed,' it is healed enough that based on basic evidence it should not break again; the bone will continue to heal on some small level for more than a year." If the healing process is still ongoing, Ding makes the good point that Durant has to find a balance between what he's used to (going all out) and taking it easy in order to preserve his health for the long term. Keep in mind that Durant is entering the last year of his contract with the Thunder and is expected to be the jewel of the 2016 free agent class.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Breaking down the NBA's schedule release

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 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 […]




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