• Former Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha tells his story of assault by the NYPD

    Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    For the first time since suffering a broken leg at the hands of the New York Police Department, Thabo Sefolosha is sharing his side of the story. Sefolosha opened up to GQ about the night of April 8, when multiple police officers forcibly restrained him outside of a nightclub, resulting in the former Thunder guard sustaining a season-ending injury that caused him to miss the entire 2015 postseason. "An officer came over to me and said, "Get the hell out!" I said, 'Did I do something wrong? You can talk to me in a nicer way,'" Sefolosha told GQ. "I didn't quite understand why he had to come at us so hard when there were so many other people around. We moved, but he kept telling us to get the hell out. I told him we were listening to him: 'You are the police, but you don't have to act like you're the toughest guy on earth.' He said, 'With or without a badge, I can (expletive) you up.' Like, whatever. We're not about to find out. I'm the last guy who gets physical with anybody, especially the police. At the same time, I felt singled out for no reason. He was much shorter than me. I said, 'You're a midget, and you're mad.' I voiced my opinion, but I kept moving." Sefolosha also recounted the moment he sustained his leg injury. "Somebody kicked my leg, more than once, from the back to force me to the ground," he said. "I knew something had happened as soon as they did it; I'm an athlete, so I know how my body should feel. They were stepping on my foot, too, I guess to try to keep me there. I didn't feel like there was anything I could do to calm it down. I tried to show them I was cooperating. I tried." Sefolosha was arrested at the scene for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration. Sefolosha fought the charges in court, rejecting multiple plea deals. On Oct. 9, a jury exonerated Sefolosha. Two weeks later, Sefolosha announced that he is suing the City of New York, the New York Police Department and the officers involved in the incident for $50 million. Sefolosha also has told his story to ESPN in a on-on-one, sit down interview with Hannah Storm .

  • PHOTO: NBA officially releases Christmas jerseys, including the Thunder's

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    The NBA has officially released its Christmas Day jerseys, which includes the Thunder's OKC plays at home against the Bulls on Christmas Day.

  • OKC Thunder: Dion Waiters 'comfortable' as deadline approaches

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    With a contract extension deadline coming up in days, you’d expect Dion Waiters to be a little nervous. Waiters, however, said Thursday this is by far the most comfortable he’s felt in his NBA career, calling the Thunder a “brotherhood.” “We’re always together,” Waiters said. “There’s always genuine love, not just on the court but off the court, also. I think that plays a key role in everything in our success on the court.” NBA teams have until Nov. 2 to extend the rookie scale contracts of players from the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Waiters fits the description as the No. 4 overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers that season.

  • OKC Thunder: Magic has to shake off first-game letdown against OKC

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    While the Thunder closed out the Spurs in its first game, OKC's Friday opponent gave a game away in its opener. The Orlando Magic squandered two separate fourth-quarter leads at home in an 88-87 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Even with leads of eight and five points in the last 7:09 of the game, the Magic gave up runs of 12-0 and 6-0 in the final period.  Wizards All-Star guard John Wall hit a go-ahead floater with 12.7 seconds left to hand the young Magic an 0-1 start to the season. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Magic head coach Scott Skiles admitted his team’s late-game composure was “not great.” With an average age of 25.4 years old, the

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan breaks down Westbrook's big 3 against the Spurs

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Billy Donovan was up close and personal for the Serge Ibaka-to-Russell Westbrook fourth-quarter sequence that gave the Thunder some cushion over the Spurs on Wednesday. As Ibaka gathered a rebound in a scramble, you could see Donovan swaying back and forth, his body following the play just a few feet in front of him. Then, Westbrook nailed a 3-pointer with 54 seconds left to give the Thunder a 108-105 lead. “It wasn’t a great possession at the end, so to speak,” Donovan said. “Kevin got kinda put on an island there with the ball on a short shot clock … and Serge really made a great hustle play, I don’t know who he got around, if it was (LaMarcus) Aldridge or

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant gives himself food-inspired pep talk in new Sonic commercial

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Sonic has welcomed back Kevin Durant with a new commercial involving the Thunder star, some heavenly music and an inner monologue centered around boneless wings. The 1-minute spot is a funny play off the Beats by Dre headphone commercials popularized by NFL players such as Richard Sherman and Colin Kaepernick. The commercial has Durant getting out of his car in slow motion, sporting  headphones, a pristine khaki-colored tailored suit and some shiny red dress shoes. It's setting up to be a pretty poignant piece. Then, you hear what Durant's listening to: His own voice. "OK, KD. Welcome back. It's time to give it everything you've got. It's time to win. "Because

  • Five observations from the Thunder's 112-106 season-opening win over the Spurs

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Oct 29, 2015

    Fantastic season-opener for both Thunder fans and objective observers. Great basketball, an electric environment, a solid finish and a good early peak at what should be a deep and dangerous Thunder team. Here are five observations from OKC's 112-106 win over the Spurs: 1. KD vs Kawhi - Just as Kevin Durant is reclaiming his superstardom, Kawhi Leonard is ascending and cementing his place in that rare air. What a matchup on Wednesday night.  There was a play midway through the first quarter -- one of those impossible to block Durant elbow mini-fadeaways -- where you felt like, wow, doesn't matter how much Kawhi hounds him, Durant just may be in for one of those nights.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne inactive against Spurs

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Those hoping to see Thunder rookie Cameron Payne on the court in the team’s home debut tonight will be disappointed. Along with forward Josh Huestis, the lefty point guard was ruled inactive against the Spurs. Thunder coach Billy Donovan cited a need for frontcourt depth against the Spurs as the reason for not going with Payne among his 13 active players. “We’ve got each and every game an opportunity to move people around,” Donovan said. “From a frontcourt standpoint, just to have a little bit more depth there … I thought was important just because I thought Mitch (McGary) having that concussion and being out, just trying to get (him) back into the flow a little bit.

  • Thunder honors the late Bob Barry Jr. with media room plaque

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    When media members walked into the press room for Wednesday night's Thunder season opener, they were greeted by a familiar face. It was Bob Barry, Jr. The Thunder honored the late sportscaster by hanging a plaque with his likeness in the media room. BBJ, as he was affectionately referred to by many, is the first media member to be honored with a plaque in the Thunder media room. The plaque reads: "The Oklahoma City Thunder honors the life and legacy of Bob Barry Jr. The passion, joy and grand sense of humor that "BBJ" demonstrated when covering the Thunder and the NBA will forever remain a part of Oklahoma's sports landscape. We are all better for knowing, watching and laughing alongside one of our very

  • Thunder fan dedicates website to keeping Kevin Durant in OKC

    Published: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    Move over "KD2DC." Say hello to "OKLOVESKD." It's a website created by a Thunder fan named Ben Parker who is giving Oklahomans an opportunity to show Kevin Durant how much he means to the state in hopes that it will persuade the star to stay put. Durant will become a free agent on July 1, and the basketball world is eagerly anticipating his decision. Multiple teams have spent the past several months preparing to make a run at Durant next summer, and fan bases have launched campaigns to entice Durant to join their favorite teams. Washington fans have been the most vocal and perhaps most passionate in trying to entice Durant to sign with his hometown team. Multiple movements have cropped up over the past few years, including comehomekd.com as well as the catchphrase "KD2DC," the most notable campaign that captures the hype surrounding Durant's impending free agency. Things are a little simpler at okloveskd.com, where Parker has created ready-made social media posts for fans to let Durant know how much he means to them. Another cool part of the site is the T-shirts Parker is selling. The blue shirt with orange writing has an image of the state of Oklahoma with the words "Keep KD in OKC 2016" written below it. All proceeds from the $25 shirt, according to the website, will benefit OU Children's Hospital.

  • Eastern Conference: Can the Bulls pass the Cavaliers?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

      The NBA season has arrived. Three games Tuesday night, 14 games Wednesday night, including Thunder-Spurs. Time to project the season. The Western Conference came this morning. Now it’s time for the Eastern Conference: Bulls 54-28: I don’t think Chicago will win the East. But I think Chicago will finish with the best record. Too many good players. When your backup big men are Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, you’ve got a heck of a team. Or a goofy coach. Cavaliers 53-29: Cleveland will yawn through the season, then in the playoffs, LeBron James will be introduced during pregame starting lineups, and things will look up. Heat 48-34: I really like Miami. Chris Bosh is a big-time player. Goran Dragic

  • Power Lunch: chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    The Thunder kicks off the 2015-16 NBA season tonight at home against San Antonio. Talk about the start of the season with Thunder writer Anthony Slater at 11 a.m.

  • Western Conference: Warriors, Thunder projected 1-2

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    The NBA season has arrived. Three games Tuesday night, 14 games Wednesday night, including Thunder-Spurs. Time to project the season. First, the Western Conference: Warriors 60-22: Golden State’s only health question is coach Steve Kerr. The Warriors have virtually the same roster that roared to the NBA title last season. But can interim coach Luke Walton steer the ship? Thunder 57-25: Kevin Durant’s foot is the primary health question. Durant says he’s fine. We’ll find out soon enough. If Durant is right, the Thunder is loaded. Spurs 55-27: San Antonio might go through some growing pains with newcomer LaMarcus Aldridge, but man, once the Spurs get grown, that should be an awesome lineup.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan undecided on starters, inactives ahead of Spurs

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    On the eve of his first regular season game as Thunder coach, Billy Donovan didn’t have any solid answers on who would start or which two players would be inactive against the San Antonio Spurs. Donovan went with a starting lineup of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Steven Adams, and Andre Roberson in four of the Thunder's six preseason games. "Obviously, we've gone the same way pretty much except for the Memphis game, so we'll probably announce that tomorrow," Donovan said Tuesday, adding that inactives would also be decided closer to game time. "We wanted to basically get through practice today," he said. "We'll probably make that decision tomorrow morning right

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook reflects on visit to Stillwater crash victims

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Just days after a car crash during an Oklahoma State homecoming parade in Stillwater left four dead and numerous people critically and seriously injured, Thunder players have been quick to offer support to the victims and their families. Numerous photos surfaced on social media Monday of Thunder players visiting with kids at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. On Tuesday, Russell Westbrook said it was the players’ decision to cancel a previous engagement in order to go to the hospital. “It was amazing to be able to go in there,” Westbrook said. “I saw two little girls … to be able to see their faces, see them smile, was just a blessing.

  • OKC Thunder: Stephen A. Smith picks Thunder for NBA Finals, Westbrook for MVP

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    A few weeks ago, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Thunder forward Kevin Durant had a rift through the media that had Durant claiming Smith was “telling stories” about his interest in the L.A. Lakers in free agency. But just because the two went at it a bit doesn’t mean Smith isn’t a Thunder believer. Smith went on ESPN’s First Take Tuesday and picked Russell Westbrook to win league MVP. Smith also picked the Thunder to meet the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. "I got to go w/@okcthunder meeting @KingJames in the Finals." - @stephenasmith #NBAtake pic.twitter.

  • Projecting the Eastern Conference playoff picture

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry tries to project the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

  • Projecting the Western Conference playoff picture

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry tries to predict the Western Conference playoff picture.

  • PHOTO: Nike unveils Kevin Durant's shoe for Thunder's home opener

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    Here's Kevin Durant's shoe of choice for the Thunder's season debut against the Spurs. On Tuesday, Nike unveiled opening-night colorways for the KD8, LeBron 13 and the Kobe X. According to Nike "Durant’s opening night shoe pays tribute to his team and hometown via an intermixed skyline and city map graphic depicting Oklahoma City with DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia). "The black-and-white design showcases the versatility of the KD8 Flyweave upper, which can be sublimated with graphics.

  • Harden trade becomes less tolerable with each passing year

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Oct 26, 2015

    Three years ago tonight, Oklahoma lost a football game to Notre Dame, and it wasn’t even the biggest sports story of the evening. Who still talks about the Fighting Irish’s 30-13 victory over the Sooners? But people talk about the James Harden trade almost every day. Three years ago tonight, the Thunder traded Harden to Houston, and it didn’t seem like a bad idea at the time. But two things have changed the trade’s effects: Injuries. The Thunder has been star-crossed since the trade. Would Harden’s presence have been enough to make up for the loss of Russell Westbrook in the 2013 postseason? Hanging onto Harden just for that extra season would have come in handy. Payroll landscape.