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  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary shows off dunk skills at rookie photo shoot

    Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Mitch McGary had doubts about his health when he came into the league out of Michigan. The Thunder forward seems just fine after this dunk at a Panini America rookie photo shoot. Not quite Zach LaVine , but it'll work.

  • Thunder Thursday OT: Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater talk Durant in 2016, starting spots and the 'cheap' label

    Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    We had some leftover questions from our Thunder Thursday hangout, so Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater went at the extras roundtable-style. Here are their responses. As always, you can check out our Thunder Thursday live show each week — Thursday at 2 p.m. on From John Wall : Any chance that my […]

  • Thunder players offer support after Paul George suffers horrific broken leg during Team USA scrimmage

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury Friday night during the Team USA Blue vs. White scrimmage in Las Vegas. George was chasing down James Harden on defense as Harden was on the fast break, when he landed awkwardly underneath the basket. WARNING: The video below shows George's injury and it is graphic.   After a long delay, George had to be carted off the court, and Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski called the game due to the long wait and "in respect to George's family." You can see in the video below that Thunder forward Kevin Durant is clearly shaken up by George's injury. George emerged as one of the premier players in the NBA this past season, leading the Pacers to the Eastern Conference while earning All-NBA Third Team honors.

  • The most hated NBA teams by state

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    The results of a Reddit survey are in, and we now know which NBA team is the most hated in each state. There aren't too many surprises on the map. Given their recent success, the Miami Heat are hated in more states (24) than any other team. Oklahomans are not fans of Miami, understandably so, since the Heat beat the Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers picked up some strong hate in the West, but the Oklahoma City Thunder dominated the hate out of Washington.

  • Kevin Durant models new USA Basketball uniform

    Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Nike enlisted NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant and friends to model the new Team USA basketball uniforms. The unis are being marketed as the "brand’s lightest uniform in history," with inspiration coming from the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket of 1978. Other players featured by Nike in the new uniforms are former Thunder guard James Harden, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.

  • Kevin Durant, James Harden, Paul George play one-on-one at USA Basketball camp

    Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Former Thunder stars going at it in a game of one-on-one? Yes, please. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Paul George engaged in a game of "King of the Hill" after Wednesday's Team USA practice in Las Vegas. One man scores, he gets to stay on and another comes on. But if a player gets a defensive stop, he stays on and switches to offense. The game continues until a player gets five buckets. The result? Durant, Paul and Harden putting in serious work after practice. "It was intense," George said. "At the end of the day, we're all here to get better. No better guys to go against, for myself, to guard than KD and James. "James is quick, lower to the ground, and KD's got the length, so it's good offensively for me as well."

  • Kevin Durant: Proof market size doesn’t matter

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    You don’t have to play basketball in a big market to be marketable. Want proof? Look no further than Kevin Durant. The NBA’s MVP is playing for a team in the U.S.’s 41st largest television market. That’s a smaller market than 24 other NBA cities, yet Durant has more endorsements than LeBron James. Heck, Durant […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Kevin Durant. Bob Stoops. Joe Mixon. Oklahoma State's APR. Berry Tramel is on the Power Lunch live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • Kevin Durant Q&A: Focus on 'great fans in Oklahoma City'

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    On Wednesday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sat down with ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell in Las Vegas to talk about his impending free agency in 2016, if he’s keeping up with the Washington Wizards, and the constant talk on social media about his next destination. You can watch the interview here. Q: […]

  • Kevin Durant ESPN poll: 43 percent of US says 'slim chance' KD plays for Wizards

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    In a SportsNation poll, ESPN asked "What are the chances Kevin Durant plays for the Wizards during his prime?" Forty-three percent say "slim chance," 33 percent said there's a "good chance," and 24 percent said "no chance." The Durant's future talk was ignited again on Tuesday when the Oklahoma City Thunder star was asked about his impending free agency in 2016 . Few states thought Durant stood a good chance. Those states included Maryland and Virginia (understandably so), Alaska, Alabama and Vermont. Per Dan Steinberg's DC Sports Bog, "57 percent of Marylanders think there’s a good chance Durant comes home during his prime. The number is 51 percent in Virginia. No other state is above 41 percent." An early  SportsNation TV poll of "Should Thunder fans be worried about Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City?" drew a 73 percent "Yes," 27 percent "No."

  • Marcus Smart drawing rave reviews at Team USA camp

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    Marcus Smart is going up against some of the best guards in the NBA at Team USA training camp this week and he's drawing plenty of praise over his first couple days of action. The former Oklahoma State guard is one of only two NBA rookies on the USA Select team which was picked to scrimmage and work out against Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and the rest of Team USA's established NBA talent. Now expected to contribute immediately as a rookie for the Boston Celtics, Smart is impressing in Las Vegas. On, former college coach Bobby Gonzalez, said "the future of the point position in the NBA is in good hands with Marcus Smart and Trey Burke."

  • Kevin Durant on 2016: ‘Who knows what will happen’

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Kevin Durant told reporters at Team USA Basketball camp on Tuesday that he loves it in Oklahoma City, but doesn’t know what will happen when free agency hits in 2016. “I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant said. It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in […]

  • Kevin Durant tells Pelicans F Anthony Davis he's an 'MVP-caliber player'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    LAS VEGAS – On May 6, Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant delivered one of the most memorable MVP speeches in sports history, an emotional 25-minute soliloquy that thanked countless people in Durant’s life for his success, on and off the court. As it turns out, Durant’s Thunder teammates weren’t the only NBA players who received a meaningful message that week. As reported by SLAM magazine in a recent profile of New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, when Davis texted congratulations to Durant on winning league MVP, Durant responded back to Davis that the 21-year-old is headed for the honor someday. “You on your way to get it,” read Durant’s text message back to Davis. Durant had high praise for Davis at the Team USA Basketball camp in Las Vegas, saying the 6-foot-10 Davis is "next in line." "He's moving up the ladder every single day," Durant said of Davis. "It's scary. Scary."

  • Steven Adams: 'If I'm a d---,' they'll think all New Zealand guys are

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    New Zealand native and Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams takes being a role model seriously. Along with some of New Zealand's other famous athletes, Adams spoke to a group of elite young athetes in Auckland, New Zealand, on Tuesday at the Powerade Breakthrough Academy. Adams isn't one to mince words, and wasn't shy about the responsibility he has to represent his home country. "For me once I go out there to America I'm pretty much representing all of New Zealand because most people haven't met New Zealand people, so I have to take that into consideration. If I'm like a d---, then they're like New Zealand guys are d----," Adams said. "If you've just got a normal Kiwi attitude then they're fine with it. That's one of the key things." In his first season with the Thunder out of the University of Pittsburgh, Adams was a refreshing interview, candid and unfiltered (see his Thunder exit interview). "It's just who I am," said Adams, who's sitting out the Tall Blacks' World Cup campaign to concentrate on his NBA commitments. "I don't want to be like some drilled kinda media guy who says all the right things. I don't even know what the right things are. I just say whatever comes to my mind."

  • LA swap: Lakers, not Clippers, suddenly have ownership problem

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A judge has ruled that Shelly Sterling can sell the Los Angeles Clippers, presumably to Steve Ballmer, but no matter, whoever ends up owning the Clips will be a big improvement over Donald Sterling. Meanwhile, Jerry Buss is still dead. Which means the seismic shift of Los Angeles basketball continues. The Lakers once had one […]

  • Serge Ibaka Q&A: I'm not 100 percent back yet

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Serge Ibaka took time out after one of his summer workouts to answer some questions from Bleacher Report senior writer Jared Zwerling, talking about his calf injury, what the Thunder learned from losing to the Spurs (Ibaka called the Spurs' way "The perfect way to play," and working on his game this summer. ON HIS INJURY B/R: What was the hardest part during the recovery? SI: The hard part is it was the playoffs, and I had to sit down for almost 10 days and not do anything. You take 10 days off and then also you're not 100 percent yet. I was out of shape and I was only playing with really one leg when I returned, so it was tough. B/R: So how are you feeling now? SI: I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better. I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time. ON THE SPURS B/R: Regardless of the injury, what did you guys learn from losing to the Spurs? SI : When we played them, we learned that we still have room to grow. We have to defend first and then focus on offense. We need to make sacrifices on our team to beat them, 100 percent. We cannot give 80, 90 percent, or we'll go home. Ibaka goes on to talk about his offensive game ("I don't have any expectations, but I work on my offensive game just to be ready") and the misconceptions that the Thunder needs more low-post scoring ("In our offense, we don't need to low post. We like to move, attack and kick, since we have (Kevin) Durant and (Russell) Westbrook.") Ibaka has also been working out with Team Spain in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.

  • Kevin Durant is the last star standing for Team USA

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The star power is fading from Team USA this summer. First it was Russell Westbrook. Then Blake Griffin. Then Kevin Love. Griffin, the former OU dunk machine, decided to withdraw from Team USA duties last week, citing that he wanted to get ready for the upcoming season. Reports surfaced Monday night that Griffin has a […]

  • WATCH: Top 10 Kevin Durant summer basketball highlights

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014, in collaboration with, put together this highlight reel of Kevin Durant's 10 baddest summer moments. Durant is a notorious summer pickup player, so it only makes sense that he'd have a bunch of good footage from the offseason to chose from. has it's own section of its website devoted to Nike and Kevin Durant's #thebadd35t campaign.

  • Four Thunder games on NBA's 'Top Games of the Year' ballot

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    There's no way you can say the Oklahoma City Thunder had a boring season. The NBA confirms it in its nominees for the top games of the 2013-14 season. Four of the 10 nominees had the Thunder involved. Here are the Thunder-related games nominated. You can vote for the Game of the Year here : Nov. 29, 2013 - Thunder 113, Warriors 112 (OT) Russell Westbrook drilled a stunning, turnaround 3-pointer with :00.1 on the clock to give Oklahoma City a thrilling 113-112 win over Golden State in overtime. March 21 - Thunder 119, Raptors 118 (2OT) Kevin Durant carried the Thunder with an MVP-worthy performance, scoring 51 points including the game-winning 3-pointer in the double-overtime. May 13 - Thunder 105, Clippers 104 Western Conference semifinals, Game 5: Oklahoma City came roaring back from 13 points down in the last 3:30 for a thrilling one-point win in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. May 31 - Spurs 112, Thunder 107 (OT) Western Conference finals, Game 6: The San Antonio Spurs got a huge game off the bench from Boris Diaw and withstood a furious Oklahoma City rally to beat the Thunder in overtime. Diaw led the Spurs with 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting.

  • Kevin Durant reflects on bittersweet season in interview

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Bittersweet might be the best way to describe the 2013-14 season for Kevin Durant. Durant won his first MVP and fought through the absence of Russell Westbrook for much of the season to lead the Thunder to another deep playoff run. At the same time, the Thunder again fell short of an NBA title. In a sit down with Lang Whitaker, Durant shed light on his season and talks about everything from his latest shoe to why he couldn't watch the San Antonio Spurs celebrate their title. He also added some insight on his MVP acceptance speech. "I watched it once just to see the reactions of my teammates, see them crying," Durant said.