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OKLAHOMA CITY -- By keeping largely the same group together and building over time, the Oklahoma City Thunder climbed from the bottom of the league to the NBA Finals. They were so close to the pinnacle. Now it gets only more difficult to keep all the pieces in place to try to finish the job. The Thunder enter the offseason with coach Scott Brooks' contract about to expire, Sixth Man of the Year James Harden and NBA blocks leader Serge Ibaka eligible for new deals and the future of veterans Derek Fisher and Nazr Mohammed up in the air. It...

Kevin Durant Cries During Emotional Postgame Moment With Mother Following NBA Finals Loss (Video)

Kevin Durant left it all on the court in the NBA Finals, tears very much included. Durant was understanably upset following Thursday's loss to Miami, which ended the Thunder's season and gave the NBA title to the Heat. The superstar's emotion was most evident during a postgame moment in the tunnel following the loss. Durant could be seen crying as he embraced his mother...

Brooks hopes to meet with Thunder on contract soon

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks says he hopes to meet with team chairman Clay Bennett and general manager Sam Presti in ''the next couple of days'' to discuss a new contract. Brooks pointed out Saturday that no one has had down time since training camp started in early December, following the lockout that condensed the season. Brooks' deal is set to...

Scott Brooks Being Replaced by Phil Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy Is 'Rubbish,' Oklahoma City GM Says

OKLAHOMA CITY -- General manager Sam Presti dismissed reports that 11-time NBA champion Phil Jackson or former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy could be the next coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying an extension with Scott Brooks is a top priority. "To me, it's rubbish," Presti said when asked about an ESPN report that Jackson and Van Gundy were being considered...

Stephen Jackson 'loves' Kevin Durant

Of all the people disappointed by the Oklahoma City Thunder losing to the Miami Heat in this year’s finals, it looks like San Antonio Spurs’ Stephen Jackson would put himself near the top of the list. Jackson put a picture on Instagram (h/t Ball Don't Lie) of him wearing a bib that he wrote “World’s biggest Kevin Durant fan” on. I’m sure the irony here is not...

Oklahoma City Thunder fans rally to support team after NBA Finals loss (Video)

One thing that you can't say about fans of the Oklahoma City Thunder is that they don't support their team when they lose. Check out this video of a rally held in Oklahoma City on Friday in honor of the team where thousands showed up to greet Kevin Durant and the rest of the squad as they arrived back in OKC: (Courtesy of News on 6

LeBron James, Kevin Durant Rivalry Closes First Chapter, Could Be Set for Many More

As Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook solemnly worked their way through the milling bodies and flittering confetti, Dwyane Wade pulled them each aside. "Hopefully, we'll see y'all here next year again," Wade told them, as he recounted after the game. A highly anticipated NBA Finals matchup between two of the league's brightest stars ended with LeBron James and...

Kevin Durant feels the pain as LeBron James celebrates his first NBA title.

MIAMI-The transference of pain is the best phrase to recap Game 5 of the NBA Finals. As he tugged on his jersey in sheer bliss, stared at a championship trophy like it was the Holy Grail and worked his way through the crowd screaming for his fiancé, LeBron James had just let go of his. Meanwhile in the belly of the American Airlines Arena Kevin Durant held onto his mother and cried...

Thunder GM calls Phil Jackson rumors “rubbish” and more in NBA Daily Digest.

Beam Me Up Scotty: Earlier today we discussed how the OKC Thunder could possibly handle James Harden’s contract extension. One thing that that can be assured is that Thunder GM Sam Presti is hell-bent on getting a new deal done with HC Scott Brooks. To read this and more NBA headlines please click the link below.

Forget the Jackson and Van Gundy "rubbish", Thunder need Brooks back

Let's just get this out of the way before the NBA offseason gets any further along: Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy's name will be floated about with any present and future head coaching vacancies until they officially sign on the dotted line. No one knows this more lately than the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since losing to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals and in full force over...

The boy that would be king: Lebron James and the Miami Heat capture the 2012 NBA championship.

Before we look ahead, lets take one last look back at the 2012 NBA finals.
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