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Serge Ibaka not yet cleared to play following knee surgery in March

Serge Ibaka was lost for the season with a knee injury back in March which required surgery. At the time, the Thunder were still fighting for a playoff spot, so there was a timetable of 4-6 weeks set for his return initially.But here we are in August, and Ibaka is not yet cleared to return to action -- at least not to play in an exhibition contest the NBA is putting on in Africa...
Via Fox Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 facts you didn’t know about Kevin Durant

#35 chose the jersey number to honor his long-time coach and mentor With the offseason in full swing and not too many headlines on the free agency front, we decided to give the Oklahoma City Thunder fans an interesting perspective on the man who has grown to be the face of the franchise and Oklahoma City’s hero—Kevin Durant. The 2014 NBA KIA MVP has dealt with a range of adversity...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Steven Adams won't play for New Zealand in Olympic qualifying tournament

Steven Adams has only been with the Thunder for two full seasons, but he's become a key rotation player for the team during his relatively brief time in Oklahoma City.He also takes his NBA gig extremely seriously.So, while plenty of international players jump at the chance to play for their home countries as they attempt to qualify for the Olympics, Adams is foregoing that opportunity...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Missing Rings: The 2011 Oklahoma City Thunder

Background: After reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2010 (lost 4 games to 1 against Dallas) many expected the young and hungry Oklahoma City Thunder to contend for an NBA Championship in 2011. The young and talented nucleus of players that GM Sam Presti had built in the Draft and Head Coach Scott Brooks had built up were ready for a championship. OKC went 47-19 (earned the...

Steven Adams unavailable for New Zealand national team

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams has made himself unavailable for New Zealand's Oceania Olympic basketball qualifying series against Australia next month. Fairfax Media reports Monday that Adams' management company said the 22-year-old was unable to play in the matches at Melbourne on Aug. 15 and Wellington on Aug. 18 because of ''scheduling...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Dion Waiters The NBA's Worst Player?

Probably not. But now that the question has been posed, we should at least do some rudimentary research, just to be sure. As Dion Waiters' college days came to an end at Syracuse, the sixth-man shooting guard was scouted by Joe Treutlein of DraftExpress.com:Waiters brings an interesting package of skills to the table along with a good amount of untapped potential. His style of...
Via The Sports Quotient
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder hold an unofficial practice in LA

The Thunder are a team on a mission With one goal in mind and a margin for no distractions, the Oklahoma City Thunder are working hard towards being the 2016 NBA Champions. While players are focused on individual development during the offseason, working with personal trainers on skills development, the Thunder organized an unofficial practice with 10 of the 14 players on the roster...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena Set To Host The Comedy Get Down

Although the upcoming basketball season is still ways away, there are still plenty of premier events happening at Chesapeake Energy Arena, known for being the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder. One of the events is this weekend, as some of the most talented comedians will perform at The Comedy Get Down on July 25 at 8:00 p.m. in what is sure to be one of the best comedy events of...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kevin Durant botches pop-up in softball game

Kevin Durant is really good at basketball. Baseball, on the other hand, not so much. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward was playing in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game Sunday when he bungled a routine fly ball off the bat of Jamal Crawford. It was so bad that the Los Angeles Clippers guard even looked shocked that Durant missed his can...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Hoopless in Seattle: Why the NBA should expand

Recently, I was watching John Oliver’s piece about stadiums in the United States and he mentioned that the Milwaukee Bucks were threatening to move to Seattle - the former home of the Supersonics. This week we'll be giving the Emerald City a reason to stop crying into their Kevin Durant Sonics jerseys and a glimpse into what a future team in Seattle will look like.  The threat...
Via The Sports Quotient
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Boston Reboot of Perry Jones III

On July 14, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics completed a trade that sent forward Perry Jones III and Detroit’s 2019 second-round pick to Boston in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2018. Coming out of Baylor, I didn’t know much about Jones and didn’t expect much, still I have loosely followed his progress, or lack thereof, since he was drafted into...
Via The Lottery Mafia
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics trade for Perry Jones III from the Thunder

Celtics will be acquiring Perry Jones, a second round pick and cash from Oklahoma City. Not really giving up anything. Tax deal for OKC. — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 14, 2015Perry Jones III was the player many Celtics fans wanted Danny to draft instead of Fab Melo. Jones hasn't done much in his few years in the NBA (which is still a lot more than Fab Melo did). I expect...
Via Celtics Life
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: NBA execs expect Durant to stay with Thunder

Kevin Durant is set to become a free agent next summer, and rumors have been swirling for years about possible destinations for the 26-year-old superstar. But when Durant finally makes his decision, there could be very little excitement. According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, several NBA executives who were polled at the Summer League in...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Thunder to match Blazers' offer to Enes Kanter

The Oklahoma City Thunder will have to work out new contracts for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook over the next couple seasons. What might already prove to be an unenviable task could even become more difficult with news that Oklahoma City plans to match the four-year, $70 million offer sheet the Portland Blazers gave to center Enes Kanter last week. Source indicates OKC will...
Via Sportsnaut
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Why are the Portland Trail Blazers Chasing Enes Kanter?

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- MARCH 24: Enes Kanter #34 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 24, 2014 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. (Mandatory credit: Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) The plan for the Oklahoma City Thunder to contend next season is to bring back the whole crew, including center Enes Kanter, a restricted...
Via The Sports Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Mitch McGary’s nasty putback dunk in Summer League game

Instagram Oklahoma City Thunder and former Michigan big man Mitch McGary rattled an NBA Summer League rim Thursday with a sick putback dunk.  Yes, it was only worth two points.  Yes, it was only in the summer league.  But my goodness that was pretty darn fly with a white guy. You gotta box out @mitchmcgary_33! #NBAsummer A video posted by NBA (@nba) on Jul 9, 2015 at 4...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City’s Dion Waiters Plays a Key Role in Thunder’s Success

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MARCH 20: Dion Waiters #23 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks against the Atlanta Hawks on March 20, 2015 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images) The Oklahoma...
Via The Sports Journal
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Luke Ridnour reportedly traded for fourth time in a week

“I wanna make you feel wanted,” is a lyric made famous by country singer Hunter Hayes. That song, “Wanted,” may also be NBA point guard Luke Ridnour’s current ballad of choice. After all, for the fourth time in a single week, the 34-year-old has been traded. Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports the Oklahoma City Thunder have shipped Ridnour to the Toronto Raptors...
Via Sportsnaut
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook’s explicit anti-cancer shirt: F–k F–king Cancer’ (pic)

Russell Westbrook, like pretty much every sensibly minded person in the world, isn’t a big fan of cancer. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar posted a photo on social media in which he’s rocking a shirt that makes his anti-cancer stance abundantly — and explicitly — clear. “F**k F**king Cancer.” Yep, that about says it all....Read More The post Russell Westbrook’s explicit...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook's company unveils NBA-themed eyewear

An eyewear company fronted by Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has announced a partnership with the NBA — the second collaboration between the league and the company — through which a limited series of team-inspired frames will be released in July. Westbrook Frames, a company co-owned by the dynamic point guard launched in 2014,...Read More The post Russell...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook wins Spirit award, pokes fun at himself

Russell Westbrook received the Sports Spectacular Spirit Award on Sunday night in recognition of the work he has done in the community, and the Oklahoma City Thunder guard was just thankful to be winning something. After he was presented with the award, Westbrook decided to poke some fun at himself. Russell Westbrook on winning @sportsspec...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Donovan's supremely difficult balancing act with Thunder

The most essential difference between coaching in the pros and coaching in college is — and always has been — a very simple one: The colleges are a coach’s game, while the pros are about the players. As great as Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson might be — and they’re both as good as we’ve seen in professional basketball, up there in the top reaches of the pantheon with...
Via Crossover Chronicles
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Donovan likely to be named Thunder coach

Billy Donovan to the NBA is apparently happening.  According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the 49-year-old Florida coach is “nearing an agreement” with the Oklahoma City Thunder. An announcement of his hiring is likely to happen on Thursday or Friday, Stein says. Stein reports “only an unforeseen collapse” will prevent the deal from happening.  Donovan has been at Florida since...
Via College Spun
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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