• Oddsmakers say Thunder guard Cameron Payne a longshot to win Rookie of the Year

    erik horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Bovada.lv released its odds for 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year, and newly-drafted Thunder guard Cameron Payne is a bit of a longshot. Payne is listed at 33-to-1 odds to win the award, a good bit away from odds leader Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers, who's the favorite at 7/2. Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (4/1) and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns and Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (each 7/1) are the closest to Okafor. The odds make sense for Payne. Unlike the aforementioned rookies, Payne may find it hard to get enough minutes to put up big enough stats to impress Rookie of the Year voters. That's what backing up Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin will do to your ROY campaign.

  • Report: Kings probing John Calipari about coaching, front-office jobs

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Sacramento Kings appear to be looking for a way out of George Karl. Yahoo Sports reports that the Kings have investigated whether they can fire the head coach with "cause" in the wake of his broken relationship with All-Star forward DeMarcus Cousins. Karl's potential replacement? University of Kentucky coach John Calipari. Calipari has reportedly been in communication with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and Kings front office members about potentially taking over complete control of basketball operations as well as coaching duties. Calipari's arrival would be an effort by the Kings to patch up their relationship with Cousins, who played one season for Calipari in Lexington.

  • Russell Westbrook has a new cologne that's 'fresh, yet different'

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Russell Westbrook's collaboration with Barneys has expanded into fragrances. Want to smell like "the brodie?" Byredo Westbrook is the Thunder guard's latest venture into fashion. According to GQ, Westbrook teamed up with athlete turned perfumer Ben Gorham to create a fragrance "layered with Bergamot, tobacco and vertiver." "Fresh, yet different - just like my style," is how Westbrook described the cologne, which retails at $350 and is available at barneys.com.

  • Former OKC Hornets player Jackson Vroman dies

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Former New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets forward Jackson Vroman died Monday at the age of 34. The 6-foot-10 Iowa State product was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls in 2004. He played in 41 games for the Hornets in 2005-06, his last season in the NBA, averaging 1.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Vroman finished with career averages of 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in four NBA seasons. Vroman played for the Lebanse national basketball team, which announced his death Monday evening . More from NewsOK : Player bio (2005 with Hornets) Q&A: Jackson Vroman

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant shows kid no mercy in pop-a-shot basketball

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    It's no secret that Kevin Durant has shown a tendency to not take it easy on kids in competition. Remember this? So, when this video surfaced on the Internet of Durant in California randomly annihilating an adolescent Dave and Buster's patron in pop-a-shot basketball, were you really surprised? Durant's no mercy tactics can be interpreted one of two ways, likely depending on how you grew up 1.) He's destroying the collective confidence of young basketball players one-by-one across America, or 2.) He's handing out life lessons to the youths via tough love and savagery. I'm for the latter. Also, maybe the dude just doesn't like to lose. At anything. Look at that

  • Time for Thunder to use retired Sonic numbers

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Thunder rookie Cameron Payne wanted jersey No. 1. That’s what he wore at Murray State. But Payne can’t wear No. 1 with the Thunder. It’s retired, in honor of Gus Williams, who if he ever was in Oklahoma, it was to ride or horse or shop for boots, not to play basketball. Here we go again. The sticky details of relocation lead to absurdity. The Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, and with the move came all the Sonics’ history and honors, with some stipulations that it would return to Seattle should that city regain an NBA franchise. So when Kendrick Perkins arrived via trade from Boston in 2011, he couldn’t wear No. 43 with the Thunder. That was retired in honor of

  • Russell Westbrook, Kanye West are in Paris having more fun than you

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    It's been an exciting summer so far for the Thunder, even if it hasn't involved playoff basketball. Many in the Thunder crew have gone on  European vacations. - Serge Ibaka met up with his dad (and Russell Westbrook AND Amare Stoudemire) in Paris. - Steven Adams went to Switzerland with his sister, Valerie. But it's Westbrook who's winning most of all. Westbrook took in Paris Fashion Week last week (writing a blog for Vanity Fair as he stopped in Milan and Paris). He apparently linked up with Kanye West at a Louis Vuitton show, and this might be my favorite photo of the summer so far. .......... pic.twitter.

  • Jeremy Lamb feels 'sky is the limit' with Charlotte Hornets

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    After three seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jeremy Lamb said "the sky is the limit" with his new team. Lamb, who was traded to the Charlotte Hornets last week, will rejoin former college teammate Kemba Walker in the backcourt. The two played side-by-side for Connecticut, winning a 2011 NCAA championship. When introduced to the media, Lamb told reporters he's ready for a "fresh start." "It gives me an opportunity to try to get a role and just play," Lamb said. "I'm going to make the most of it. I'm just going to work hard and try my best to put myself in a position to play and have a role on this team." With the trade of shooting guard Gerald Henderson to Portland, Charlotte looks like it will be able to provide more playing time for Lamb than he received in his final season in Oklahoma City. Lamb's minutes dropped from 19.7 in 2014-14 to 13.5 in 2014-15.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Recapping the draft and previewing NBA free agency

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 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 […]

  • Cam Payne: What kind of basketball place is Murray State?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The newest Thunder is Cam Payne, whose slogan when he was drafted 14th overall Thursday night was chip-on-my-shoulder. Payne didn’t mind telling everyone he felt he belonged at Duke but instead became a mid-major star at Murray State of the Ohio Valley Conference. Here’s a tutorial on Murray State basketball: * Murray State is located in Murray, Ky., in far western Kentucky. It’s not in the middle of nowhere. Murray State is within three hours of Louisville, Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis. Murray State has 11,166 students. * The Racers have made 15 NCAA Tournaments and have won three times, beating Colorado State in 2012, Vanderbilt in 2010 and North Carolina State in 1988.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder introduces first-round draft pick Cameron Payne

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder introduces its newest draft pick - Murray State point guard Cameron Payne - to the media at 10:30 a.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Undrafted Duke guard Quinn Cook expected to play on Thunder summer league team

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Seventeen seniors were selected during Thursday night’s NBA Draft. None of them were named Quinn Cook, the four-year guard who helped lead Duke to a national championship with his steady play. And it looks like the Thunder may benefit. Real GM’s Shams Charania is reporting that Cook has agreed to play for OKC’s summer league team in Orlando, which begins on July 4. During his productive career at Duke, Cook got better each year, averaging double-figures his last three seasons. As a senior on the Blue Devils recent championship team, he was integral, averaging 15.3 points and 2.6 assists, while shooting nearly 40 percent from three.

  • OKC Thunder: Former Oklahoma State center Mike Cobbins to play for Thunder's summer league team

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Mike Cobbins recently completed a solid career at Oklahoma State, serving as the Cowboys’ lanky rim protector and occasional scorer the past few seasons. The first stop in his professional career? Just an hour down the road. Cobbins went undrafted on Thursday night, but will join the Thunder’s summer league team, which will begin practice […]

  • Edmond Santa Fe product Josh Richardson 'started freaking out' when Miami Heat drafted him

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Josh Richardson, the former Edmond Santa Fe and Tennessee standout, rose up the draft boards enough in the past month to get selected by the Miami Heat  in Thursday's NBA Draft. Richardson's reaction to being drafted and getting a chance to play for the two-time NBA champions? "We were all really excited and I started freaking out," Richardson told the media in Miami on Friday. The 6-foot-6 guard, who was a first-team All-SEC player as a senior and was a defensive All-American, said he's a good fit for what the Heat want to do, particularly on defense. "I know the way the Heat like to play defense and I fit the mold," Richardson said . "I can come in and play great defense and knock down open shots."

  • Thunder's NBA Draft earns high grades from national media

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder selected two players in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday - Murray State point guard Cameron Payne (No. 14 overall) and Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (No. 48). Chances were slim that the Thunder was going to find a starter at the back end of the lottery (or in the second round), but the team still took the opportunity to add depth at the 1 and even more size in the frontcourt. But how did the Thunder's draft grade out among the national media? Let's take a look. USA Today: A There are 30 teams in the NBA and Scott Gleeson of USA Today awarded the Thunder one of only five "A" grades on draft night, giving Oklahoma City credit for capitalizing

  • OKC Thunder: Sam Presti acknowledges passing of Bob Barry Jr. with lengthy opening statement

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    As Thursday night turned into Friday morning, Sam Presti finally emerged from his draft night war room, a touch after midnight, to discuss the newest members of the Thunder. But before fielding questions, Presti wanted to acknowledge the recent passing of KFOR sports anchor Bob Barry Jr. His full statement: “One thing before we get started,” Presti […]

  • Q&A: Thunder draft pick Cameron Payne talks draft night, his fit in OKC and more

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Moments after he was selected 14th overall by the Thunder on Thursday night, Cameron Payne stepped off the stage, stared at a national TV audience and confidently referred to himself in third person. “I can be the next success because I’m coming in with a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “There is no ceiling […]

  • Live Coverage: 2015 NBA Draft

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Who will the Thunder take at No. 14? Follow live coverage of the NBA Draft with The Oklahoman and more writers from around the nation

  • Jeremy Lamb thanks Oklahoma City fans, teammates

    erik horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb took to Instagram to say goodbye to Oklahoma City on Thursday. Hours before the NBA Draft, the 23-year-old guard was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round pick. He offered his appreciation to his teammates and the city during his three-year stint with the Thunder. "Thank you Okc For everything yall have taught me!!!," Lamb said. "Great teammates great fans!!! Taught me great habits and how to b a professional!!! That will stick wit me throughout my career!#blessed."

  • Thunder trades Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte Hornets

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb has been traded to Charlotte. In exchange for the fourth-year shooting guard, the Hornets are sending Oklahoma City veteran point guard Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round draft pick. Ridnour, however, has a non-guaranteed contract and will be waived at zero cost to the Thunder, effectively making the deal a salary dump for OKC. Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade. The Thunder also needed to declutter its roster to open a spot for whatever player it might select in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, as well as make room for Josh Huestis, last year’s first-round selection. After releasing Ridnour, the team’s roster will stand at 14 players, one below the maximum