Thunder journal: More FAQ's about Russell Westbrook and the Designated Veteran Player Exception

By Erik Horne Staff Writer The Thunder has a chance to extend Russell Westbrook an additional five years this summer with what's called the Designated Veteran Player Exception (we'll use DPE for short). I wrote about the DPE for Thursday's Oklahoman, but subscriber Craig Blankenship emailed me with some solid additional questions about the exception that I couldn...
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4 hours ago

Thunder: More FAQs about Russell Westbrook and the Designated Player Exception

Erik Horne The Thunder has a chance to extend Russell Westbrook an additional five years this summer with what’s called the Designated Player Exception. I wrote about the DPE for Thursday’s Oklahoman (you can read that story here), but subscriber Craig Blankenship emailed me with some solid additional questions about the exception which I couldn't get dive into fully in my story...
Via Thunder Rumblings
6 hours ago

Thunder: Westbrook, Oladipo up for fan-voted NBA awards

Erik Horne The Thunder has more than just an MVP award on the line at the NBA Awards June 26. Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo are each up for fan-voted awards as part of the NBA Awards show in New York City.
Via Thunder Rumblings
8 hours ago

The Thunder Weren’t Built For The Modern NBA

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder washed out of the playoffs Tuesday night in a 105-99 Game 5 loss, the last sigh of a frustrating 4-1 series loss to the Houston Rockets. The game followed a familiar script, with the Thunder rushing out to an early lead as Westbrook put a good and thorough thumping on the Rockets defense. But as the game wore on, Westbrook began to...
Via FiveThirtyEight
8 hours ago

Oklahoma City Thunder loud links: Daily NBA playoff results and OKC news

WTLC tracks the NBA playoffs and highlights the day’s top Thunder news Though the Oklahoma City Thunder recently suffered elimination, WTLC will daily track the 16-17' postseason via NBA Loud Links. Last night's action featured an exciting Eastern Conference game five twin bill pitting the #5 Atlanta Hawks vs. #4 Washington Wizards and #8 Chicago Bulls vs. #1 Boston Celtics....
Via Welcome to Loud City
15 hours ago

Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook shines light on upcoming contract extension situation video

Following a defining season, will Westbrook sign another lucrative off-season contract with the Thunder? Following a historic season, during Wednesday's Oklahoma City Thunder exit interviews Russell Westbrook stated "Oklahoma City is the place I want to be." While the Thunder was eliminated recently in a rugged five-game series vs. Houston, and finished the regular-campaign 47-35...
Via Welcome to Loud City
17 hours ago

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander fined $100,000 for confronting official

Late in the first quarter of Tuesday’s playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander confronted referee Bill Kennedy.The league announced on Wednesday (via Dan Feldman, NBC Sports) that Alexander had been fined $100,000 as a result of his meddling.While owners confronting officials isn’t common, it’s not unprecedented, either. Dallas...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Westbrook hasn’t ‘even thought about’ contract extension

The Oklahoma City Thunder’s season has come to a disappointing end after losing in five games in its first-round series to the Houston Rockets courtesy of Tuesday's 105-99 loss.With that in mind, perhaps it’s not all that surprising that Russell Westbrook says he hasn’t had a chance to think about the future, specifically whether he’ll sign a long-term contract extension...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Another 4th Quarter Flop Ends Thunder Season

By Randy Renner, Senior Writer Another fast start for the Thunder ended with another disappointing finish and this time it wasn’t just the game that ended, that entire season came to a close too. The Thunder led 22-16 after the 1st quarter but were outscored 33-22 coming down the stretch of what became a 105-99 loss to Houston in Game 5 of their playoff series. It’s the first...
1 day ago

Russell Westbrook leaves court after losing series, no handshakes

Russell Westbrook was not in the mood for postgame handshakes after his Oklahoma City Thunder lost Game 5 of their playoff series in Houston on Tuesday night.The Thunder’s season came to an end with their 105-99 defeat to the Rockets in Game 5 of their series. TNT, which televised the game, showed Westbrook marching straight into the tunnel and off the court immediately following...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets owner leaves seat during Game 5 to complain to referee about no-call

Mark Cuban apparently isn’t the only passionate basketball owner in Texas.Calvin Watkins reports that Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander left his courtside seat during Game 5 between his team and the Oklahoma City Thunder to complain to referee Bill Kennedy about a perceived no-call. Here is video of the incident: Houston entered play on Tuesday holding a 3-1 lead in the first...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Allen Iverson’s pick for MVP is Russell Westbrook

As a former NBA MVP, Allen Iverson knows what it takes to be deserving of the most prestigious individual award the game has to offer, and he says Russell Westbrook should be this year’s MVP.The Hall of Famer sat down for an exclusive interview with B/R Mag and discussed his pick for MVP, among other things: B/R Mag: Who’s your MVP? Allen Iverson: Russ. B/R: Why? Iverson: I just...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder Keys To Game 5

The Oklahoma City Thunder have dug themselves a hole after losing Game 4 to the Houston Rockets and going down 3-1. They’ll now need to channel their inner Cleveland Cavaliers and etch themselves into the history books by coming back from down 3-1. Tonight, they’ll attempt to make their first step toward doing so. Here are some keys to Game 5 for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Westbrook’s...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

40 Nights Of Hate: Because I Can Shoot Better Than Andre Roberson

(Editor’s Note: Today’s article continues our 2017 NBA Playoffs basketball coverage called 40 Nights of Hate, as the next two months of our lives will be devoted to the greatest postseason basketball tournament known to mankind. Some of our arguments will be rational, many others will be irrational. To hate is to love, as the basketball gods toy with our lives like James Harden...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rockets GM tweets photo showing apparent missed call

The 140-character stun grenades of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have struck yet again.Morey tweeted out a photo on Monday showing Steven Adams putting James Harden in a chokehold of sorts in an apparent missed foul. The Rockets won Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday by the final of 113-109 to go up 3-1 in their first-round playoff series. But Morey...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rockets bench laughs as Andre Roberson misses free throw

Game 4 between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday afternoon ended in pretty ugly fashion. An otherwise drama-filled playoff game concluded with both teams making dumb mistakes as the Rockets took a 3-1 series lead over their conference rivals.As the fourth quarter continued to play out, it became apparent that Houston was intent on intentionally fouling Thunder...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook shoots Oklahoma City Thunder out of Game 2 win

Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals started very well for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team got out to a 35-26 lead at the end of the first quarter, thanks to a hot start from Russell Westbrook. The Houston Rockets narrowed the margin in the second quarter but Oklahoma City still held a 68-62 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, the Rockets continued to chip away...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Big Problems For Oklahoma City Against The Rockets

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been in this position against a very good team before. You only have to look back one season to find them in a 1-0 series hole with a blowout loss in the rearview mirror against the San Antonio Spurs, a series they won. But aside from the obvious "they had Kevin Durant last year" caveat, this series feels like a different animal. There is video from...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Karl-Anthony Towns: Timberwolves have ‘a lot of things to work on’

The Minnesota Timberwolves were expected to improve dramatically this season and things have not gone as expected. Karl-Anthony Towns believes while the Wolves made some positive strides in 2016-17, the team nevertheless has “a lot of things to work on” going forward.“I think there’s been progress most definitely, but it’s upsetting that we have to come down the stretch...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mark Cuban says Adam Silver wouldn’t honor Tony Romo’s Mavs contract

Tony Romo had a good time warming up with the Dallas Mavericks before Tuesday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, but Mavs owner Mark Cuban wanted Romo to play in the actual game. NBA commissioner Adam Silver nixed the idea. From ESPN: When he approached NBA commissioner Adam Silver with the idea, Cuban said, “I told him what I was going to do and said, ‘Fine me if you don...
Via The Comeback
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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