• Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Join The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry to talk Thunder basketball, NBA playoffs, the draft and more on the Power Lunch chat live at 11 a.m. Get your questions in here.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook hands his brother diploma after graduation at UCO

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    It’s graduation season for many across the country and in the metro. That includes Ray Westbrook, the brother of Russell Westbrook who graduated from UCO on Saturday afternoon. Russell not only attended the ceremony, but, it seems, handed Ray his diploma as he walked across the stage. From Ray’s Instagram account: From Russell’s Instagram account, […]

  • Mother's Day columns from Berry Tramel

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, May 9, 2015

    A collection of Mother's Day columns from The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel, focusing on the mothers of Oklahoma sports figures.

  • Why Blake Griffin is the early postseason MVP

    Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Blake Griffin has been the best player in the 2015 NBA playoffs by finding the right balance in his game. Berry Tramel wrote this week that Griffin has been playing the best basketball of his career this postseason. ESPN's Kevin Pelton did a breakdown of Griffin's postseason impact through some interesting advanced statistics, pointing out that Griffin has "married that (midrange jump-shooting) versatility with the paint dominance that made him such a unique talent as a young player. And he's added an assist rate that most point guards would envy." Griffin, a power forward, is second in the NBA this postseason in points created by assists per game (18.8) behind only Washington Wizards point guard John Wall.

  • Report: Scott Brooks is Magic’s second choice

    Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Scott Brooks was fired by the Thunder just a few weeks ago. He may not be out of work for long. Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler reports that Brooks could be the second candidate to take over the Orlando Magic if Chicago's Tom Thibodeau doesn't take the job. Thibodeau is reportedly all but done with the Bulls after this season. From Kyler: "The runner-up candidate, according to sources, is recently fired Thunder coach Scott Brooks, with Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry said to be in the mix as well if Thibodeau doesn’t pan out." Brooks goes back with Orlando general manager Rob Hennigan. The two previously worked for the Thunder, where Hennigan worked for four seasons before taking over as Magic GM in 2012.

  • Report: Florida assistant Anthony Grant to join Billy Donovan's Thunder staff

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    In Friday’s paper, we took a look at some possible candidates to join Billy Donovan’s soon to be compiled coaching staff. You can read that by clicking here. Among those listed was Anthony Grant, a long-time assistant and friend of Donovan’s. Late Thursday night, a report from The Gainesville Sun said Grant would “definitely” follow Donovan to Oklahoma […]

  • True or false: Does the Big 12 have a conference championship game in 2016?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    WE PICK'EM -- Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel take the weekly We Pick'Em an alternative route, playing true or false with the Big 12, Sam Bradford's starting status, Adrian Peterson's next destination, Russell Westbrook and more.

  • James Harden’s mom says Matt Barnes apologized for his Game 2 trash talk

    Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    After the Rockets’ Wednesday night victory over the Clippers in Game 2 of their second-round series, word got out that Clippers forward Matt Barnes said something not very nice to James Harden‘s mother during the game. Now, Harden’s mom confirmed the story and adds that Barnes apologized to her. She didn’t reveal what exactly Barnes said to her, but clearly it was bad enough that Barnes felt the need to apologize for it.

  • VIDEO: Shaq faceplants during halftime show on TNT

    Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Shaquille O'Neal took what looked like a nasty spill on the set of TNT's "Inside the NBA" on Wednesday night. O'Neal tried to get out of his chair and all 7-foot-1 of him went to the floor face-first. Fortunately, he was OK and able to laugh it off.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    What is Sam Presti talking about? What is the Big 12 doing in football? Can the Cowboys win the Big 12 in baseball? Join Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. for some talk on the Thunder, OU, OSU and more.

  • Rick Pitino explains why Billy Donovan's jump to the NBA is different than his with Knicks, Celtics

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Newly-hired Thunder coach Billy Donovan was coached back in the 1980s by now-Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Back then, Pitino was a young up-and-comer at Providence, and Donovan was “Billy the Kid.” Pitino went on the Jim Rome Show this week to talk about his former pupil and had plenty of praise for Donovan. Pitino also […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. live from H&H Shooting Sports, where he'll answer your questions on the Thunder's staff changes, OU and OSU sports, the NBA playoffs and more.

  • Five questions with Thunder general manager Sam Presti

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    The arrival of Billy Donovan was just the start of what is sure to be a busy off-season for the Thunder. Over the next several weeks and months, the team must fill out Donovan’s staff, prepare for the NBA Draft, hit the summer league circuit and make critical decisions on multiple players in free agency. […]

  • Blake Griffin playing the best basketball of his career

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Blake Griffin made first-team all-NBA last season and finished third in the MVP voting. This season, Griffin got a solitary fourth-place vote for MVP and won’t make first-team all-NBA. But he’s playing the best basketball of his career. And we’ve seen Griffin, Oklahoma City born and bred, play a lot of good basketball. Monday night, […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you assess the Billy Donovan hire?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, May 4, 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 […]

  • Billy Donovan on possible return to UF: 'I know I have a history, of that, but 'no''

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    In a classy move, new Thunder coach Billy Donovan returned to Gainesville, Fla., for a farewell press conference with the Florida media. Last week, Donovan said “they deserve the chance to ask me questions,” referring to the media that covered him in his 19 seasons at UF. His final question of the presser was about […]

  • Russell Westbrook finishes fourth in NBA MVP voting

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Despite missing 15 regular season games, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was still one of the top finishers in the NBA’s Most Valuable Player voting for 2014-15. Westbrook finished fourth behind a slew of the best players in the game. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry beat Houston Rockets (and former Thunder) guard James Harden for […]

  • WATCH: Billy Donovan's Florida farewell press conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Billy Donovan goes back to Gainesville to talk to the media after being hired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Watch the press conference here.

  • Chat Recap: Anthony Slater answers your Thunder questions

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater answered your questions on the Power Lunch chat, taking a deeper dive into the Billy Donovan hire, the NBA Playoffs, and the MVP voting. Here's the recap:

  • Jack Ramsay's advice for college coaches jumping to the NBA

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Jack Ramsay is one of the few success stories among college coaches who jumped to the NBA. Ramsay, who died a year ago at age 89, spent 11 years coaching Saint Joseph’s, then resigned in 1966 due to medical reasons. He went across town and became general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. One season later, […]