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  • How Steven Adams is spending his summer vacation

    Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    How's Thunder center Steven Adams spending his summer vacation? He's starting back in school. Adams was photographed back in New Zealand in line at a cafeteria on Wednesday. Adams was reported to be taking cooking classes at a local preschool in Wellington, N.Z.   "How I spent my summer in NZ" RT @kenlaban: Steven Adams taking cooking classes at local pre school. Awesome pic.twitter.

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant in new ad for NBA 2K15

    Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant is the face of NBA 2K15, which will be released Oct. 7 on multiple platforms. In this new promotional video entitled "Most Valuable Players," snippets of Durant's MVP speech are spoken by Durant himself and players of the video game. 2K announced its pre-order bonus pack for NBA 2K15 today with the new Most Valuable Players trailer. Fans who preorder NBA 2K15 will receive 5,000 Virtual Currency, Kevin Durant Throwback MyTeam card, two MyTeam card packs, and MyPlayer leg sleeves inspired by Kevin Durant.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Berry Tramel will be chatting live from H&H Shooting Sports today at 10:30 a.m. talking Thunder offseason, Super Regionals and the lead-up to college football. Questions? Join the conversation.

  • NBA Draft: Did the Thunder make a promise to Kristaps Porzingis?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Who the heck is Kristaps Porzingis, and has the Thunder made a promise to the 18-year-old Latvian in the NBA Draft? ESPN.com’s Chad Ford released his latest NBA Draft Big Board on Wednesday and he’s hearing rumors that the Thunder has made a first-round promise to the young power forward.

  • Russell Westbrook 2.0: Meet Zach LaVine

    Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Is UCLA's Zach LaVine the next Russell Westbrook? The two share more than just a former school. LaVine is a projected first-round pick who carries many of the same characteristics as Westbrook when the Thunder All-Star entered the league in 2008. More than a few NBA Draft profiles have LaVine as another coming of Westbrook. LaVine sure can jump like Westbrook. The 6-foot-5 combo guard had a 46-inch vertical at the Los Angeles Lakers' workout on Wednesday. There's also this: From NBADraft.net: "Plays an exciting and fairly flashy style, and is a highlight reel dunker in the transition game." ESPN.com: "The question is really whether he's a point guard." Draftexpress.com: "LaVine's feel for the game and decision making skills leave a lot to be desired at this point in time, as his shot-selection can be very poor and he has a difficult time making the simple play at times." Sound familiar. The biggest difference between Westbrook and LaVine coming out of college is defense. In his final season at UCLA, Westbrook was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, while Draftexpress.com says "LaVine is simply not a good defender at this point in time."

  • Should Russell Westbrook have been an All-NBA selection?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Was Russell Westbrook worthy of All-NBA status this season? Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Former OU All-American Blake Griffin and teammate Chris Paul joined some elite company on Wednesday. The pair became the only teammates to be named All-NBA First or Second Team for the last three seasons. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made […]

  • Kevin Durant a unanimous All-NBA First Team pick

    staff reports | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Kevin Durant joined a star-studded bunch on the All-NBA First Team, announced Wednesday by the league. Durant earned his fifth All-NBA First Team selection and was the only unanimous selection, appearing on all 125 ballots as a First-Team selection. Miami Heat forward LeBron James appeared on 124 of 125 ballots. Joining Durant and LeBron on the First Team are Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and Houston Rockets guard James Harden. The All-NBA Second Team consists of guards Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, forwards Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and center Dwight Howard of the Rockets. The All-NBA Third Team includes the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard and the Phoenix Suns’ Goran Dragic at guard, the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George and the Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge at forward and the Charlotte Hornets’ Al Jefferson at center. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook received 32 votes, including one first-place vote.

  • Caron Butler ponders future with Thunder

    Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    One of the mysteries of this week's Thunder exit interviews was where Caron Butler ran off to. The Thunder swingman skipped town without sitting down with the media Sunday. The former Washington Wizards got a (long distance) call from Michael Lee of the Washington Post, and Butler talked about his uncertain future with the Thunder. "I don't know," Butler said when asked what he thought about his future. "I have to sit back and think about some things. It's going to be a minute before I get over this one, though." Butler also talked about why be chose to sign with the Thunder after being bought out by the Milwaukee Bucks in midseason. “It was attractive,” Butler said. “Looking at Russell [Westbrook], looking at Kevin [Durant] and those guys and just having the opportunity to fit in and play and play some productive minutes and I was able to do that and had a lot of fun. “That’s one of the reasons I came here. High expectations,” he said. “An opportunity to go to the Finals and have a chance to win it all. We was two wins away from being on the big stage. Fell a little short. Real unfortunate, but life goes on.”

  • What is Reggie Jackson saying about the starting point guard spot?

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Reggie Jackson stepped up to the microphone at his exit interview and made it clear: He wants to start. Anthony Slater wrote about Jackson’s starting ambitions in his story in Tuesday’s Oklahoman. But what’s been lost in translation has been what Jackson meant by one of his comments in the interview. Here’s the somewhat vague […]

  • Thunder could be active in trade market

    Jon Hamm | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    The Thunder hold a valuable trade exception that could bring a new player to Oklahoma City. But how was this exception created? And how can it be used?

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Day 2 of exit interviews

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Today was the last day of exit interviews for players. With the Thunder getting most of the veterans out of the way Sunday, the young guns took their turn today. We spoke with Hasheem Thabeet, Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III, Andre Roberson and the always entertaining Steven Adams. Grant Jerrett didn’t meet with the media […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    The season is over, but we're still talking Thunder. Fixes, changes and the aftermath of the Western Conference Finals. Darnell Mayberry will be on at 11 a.m. answering your Thunder questions on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Serge Ibaka: 'I played with all my heart'

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Thunder forward Serge Ibaka posted a message to his fans on his blog on Monday. Ibaka, who was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team on Monday, came back after missing two games with a calf injury in the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. His message to his fans: I played with […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What's next for the Thunder with the offseason looming?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    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 OKC’s only professional team. 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 - 05/30 - Kevin Durant's postseason offensive numbers are still solid, but the regular season MVP hasn't had the same all-around impact as we saw a couple months ago. Does OKC need more out of him? Does he have another level to go? Is Scott Brooks secretly a robot. We discuss.

  • Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, Andre Roberson, Steven Adams all in for Summer League

    Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The Thunder reserves are serious about this summer. Perry Jones III, Jeremy Lamb, Andre Roberson and Steven Adams all said at their exit interviews Monday that they will participate in the Thunder's Summer League. Steven Adams when asked if he's playing in Summer League: "Hell yeah." Jeremy Lamb: "I haven't really thought about it, what I want the role to be. I've just been thinking about the summer, try to get better."

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Bench not the problem

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The Thunder bench scored five points in Game 6 against the Spurs. All by Derek Fisher. That’s an absurd total. But completely explainable. Let’s see. Take your top scorer off the bench, place him in the starting lineup and don’t even play the guy who was demoted. Then play your starters more minutes. A lot […]

  • CHART: If the Clippers are worth $2 billion, how much is the Thunder worth?

    Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The Los Angeles Clippers sold for a whopping $2 billion last week. So where does that put the value of the other teams in the league? According to Forbes.com's values, the Clippers were valued at $580 million, the 13th most valuable franchise in the league. That was until the massive sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Business Insider created the above chart to reflect the adjusted values of the NBA teams based on the Clippers sale. When adjusted, the Thunder, who are valued at $590 million by Forbes, now rate at $2.05 billion. The Clippers inflation makes for the biggest jump at the top. The New York Knicks, at $1.4 billion, are the NBA's most valuable team according to Forbes. The Knicks' adjusted value? How about $4.87 billion.

  • Report: Phil Jackson fined $25K for tampering with Derek Fisher

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Rule No. 1 about NBA coaching hires: Don't talk about NBA coaching hires. At least while the candidate you're considering bringing on as coach is still playing in the league. ESPN is reporting that New York Knicks coach Phil Jackson has been fined $25,000 for tampering with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher. Fisher, who is set to retire after a 19-year career, has been rumored as a candidate for several NBA coaching or front office positions. Stein said that the fine stems from Jackson mentioning Fisher last week as a possibility to coach the Knicks.

  • Chris Bosh said Thunder didn't have discipline

    Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs will have a rematch in the NBA Finals starting this week. Before the showdown, however, Heat forward Chris Bosh was asked about settling for low-percentage shots against the Spurs, one mistake you can't make if you're going to beat Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and Co. Bosh commented on the Thunder's shot selection in the Western Conference Finals. "They didn't have the discipline to continue to work their offense," Bosh said Monday to reporters. Bosh also said the East was an easier road that the West and that the Heat will have fun with defending the Spurs ... since they're all good friends.

  • OKC Thunder: Full transcript of Steven Adams' hilarious exit interview

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Before his 21st birthday, Steven Adams has already established himself as one of the quirkiest and most naturally entertaining interviews in the NBA. He’s got a dry New Zealand sense of humor and a willingness to yuck it up with the media, telling entertaining anecdotes and using unique mannerisms. Following his first NBA season, in the […]