NBA season preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

Over the next month, we will be previewing every team in the NBA. Here's the next installment of our series on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Notable Acquisitions: Cameron Payne (Draft) Notable Departures: None Temperature Check: After an injury-filled, nightmare of a season saw them on the outside looking in come playoff time, the Thunder are looking to bounce back in a big way...
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Durant, Westbrook Organize L.A. Workouts With Several Teammates, Donovan

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook worked out together on UCLA's campus on Monday with Billy Donovan in attendance. Durant and Westbrook went through individual shooting and skill drills. On Tuesday, the trio were joined by several teammates and support staff. Among those confirmed in attendance: Durant, Westbrook, Donovan, Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison, Steven Adams, Anthony Morrow...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA should have 'legacy contracts' for long-time players

By Sportz Assassin. By now, most of you have heard about the contract issues with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.  In a general nutshell, Wade has had a great career in Miami and has taken a lot of sacrifices for the team to be able to make moves to win championships.  Now he's in the latter end of his career, he's banged up, but he wants some financial security from the team...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The Next Kansas Jayhawks Jersey to be Retired

There have been many great Kansas Jayhawks throughout the years. The best of the best get immortalized by having their jerseys hung in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse. Some of the players who have earned this honor include Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Pierce, Danny Manning, and Wayne Simien, to name a few. The most recent player to have his jersey retired...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook upset Thunder didn’t consult him about new coach

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder are fresh off of hiring former Florida Gators head basketball coach Billy Donovan to their same position. It is going to be strange to see the Thunder playing without Scott Brooks coaching them, but this was a move that Kevin Durant was very much behind. Unfortunately, Russell Westbrook is upset that the Thunder did not consult...
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May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Donovan signing five-year deal to become Thunder coach

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Billy Donovan has agreed to a five-year deal to become head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Donovan has led the University of Florida for the past 19 years, winning two national titles and appearing in four Final Fours. He will replace Scott Brooks, who was fired as coach of the Thunder after seven...
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April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder fire coach Scott Brooks

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Wednesday that they have fired head coach Scott Brooks. “This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels. Scott helped establish the identity of the Thunder and has earned his rightful place in the history of our organization through his seven years as a valued leader and team member,” said Sam Presti,...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Thunder to evaluate Scott Brooks future

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to spend time evaluating coach Scott Brooks before committing to bring him back for the final year on his contract, according to Yahoo Sports. According to Yahoo Sports, Brooks is guaranteed for the 2015-16 season on his deal, with the Thunder holding a team option for 2016-17. The Thunder missed the playoffs...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook avoids suspension

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will not face an automatic one-game suspension after the NBA rescinded a technical foul he received during last Sunday night’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. It was Westbrook’s 16th technical foul of the season, which would have resulted in an automatic one-game suspension. Westbrook will play against the Portland Trail Blazers...
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook: I ‘compete harder than anybody else’ in the NBA

  Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had 54 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in Sunday night’s 116-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers. But he picked up his 16th technical foul and took a career-high 43 shot attempts in 41 minutes. “I don’t really give a damn what nobody thinks, to tell you the truth, man,” Westbrook said of the 43 shots, via “I...
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April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder fading in race for final playoff spot in West

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Thunder have lost three straight, and their playoff hopes are in jeopardy. Oklahoma City will enter Tuesday's game against San Antonio just a half game ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference playoffs. The top eight teams advance to postseason play. The Thunder have reached the playoffs five straight years. They've played...
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April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant ‘would love’ jersey retired in OKC

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports Kevin Durant, who underwent season-ending foot surgery Tuesday, recently spoke about his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I love it here, man. I love my teammates, I love the city, I don’t really think about anywhere else,” Durant told Revolt TV in a recent interview, per “I hear it all the time, don’t get me wrong, and...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant will miss remainder of season

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Kevin Durant has been dealing with injury issues all season long, and has unfortunately been ruled out for the rest of the 2014-15 season including the playoffs. From general manager Sam Presti: “As we communicated last week, Kevin was going to use this time to engage in consultation and evaluation regarding the persistent soreness in his right...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Larry Bird on Russell Westbrook: ‘I hope he wins 10 MVP’s in a row’

Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports Russell Westbrook has been one of the most dominant players in the NBA this season, and he has shown no signs of slowing down. The Oklahoma City Thunder have desperately needed him to come through with this type of a season due to Kevin Durant’s injury issues that has kept him out for the majority of the season. Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird...
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March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Collison Out Minimum Of 10 Days With Sprained Ankle

Nick Collison sprained his left ankle on Friday and will miss at least the next 10 days. Scott Brooks said the injury will sideline Collison through at least March. Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Enes Kanter also remain out for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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March 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Thunder GM: Kevin Durant ‘removed from basketball activities’

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports Kevin Durant has been “removed from basketball activities,”  Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Friday. “He’s not making the progress we’d hoped or expected,” Presti said, per ESPN. Durant could be shut down for the season. “Essentially, that’s the direction we’re headed right now.” Durant underwent...
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March 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Most Memorable Kansas Moments in Recent NCAA Tournament History

We made it, guys. Welcome to March. In honor of the best (and worst) time of the year, what better way to celebrate than to take a trip down memory lane and relive some of the best and worst moments of past seasons? Kansas has had many memorable games in March. Some losses have stuck with fans, leaving them wondering what could have been. Other games have left Jayhawk fans feeling...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Serge Ibaka out four to six weeks

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka underwent successful arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to address right knee soreness. “After monitoring the soreness in Serge’s knee and having taken several intermediate steps to assess and manage the discomfort, it was determined that the necessary next step in the evaluation was to see a specialist to...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook: ‘I need to stop turning the ball over’

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook recorded his sixth triple-double in eight games Friday night. Westbrook had 29 points, ten rebounds and 12 assists in the Thunder’s 113-99 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The triple-double is Westbrook’s eighth of 2014-15, making him the first player since Jason Kidd in 2007-08 to have eight or more in a season (Kidd had 13...
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook posts fourth consecutive triple-double

  Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook went off Wednesday for his fourth consecutive triple-double. Westbrook set career highs with 49 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Thunder to a 123-118 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to post at least four consecutive triple-doubles, according to ESPN...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook has facial surgery to repair dent

Don Ryan/AP Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook underwent a procedure Saturday to address a fracture to the zygomatic arch of his right cheek, Thunder executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti announced. The procedure was performed by Dr. John Joseph Rehm and Dr. Jason Hamilton at the Osborne Head and Neck Institute in Los Angeles, Calif. Westbrook will...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook has a dent in his head from teammate’s knee

  Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook was evaluated at a Portland-area medical facility after being kneed in the head late in the Thunder’s 115-112 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Westbrook took the blow to the side of his head from teammate Andre Roberson’s knee as he dove toward the ball in anticipation of missing his own free throw...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant undergoes second foot procedure

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports The Oklahoma City Thunder executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti announced Sunday that Kevin Durant underwent a minor procedure to help reduce pain and discomfort in his surgically repaired right foot. Durant will be re-evaluated in a week. “As we have conveyed, Kevin has experienced increased soreness in his right foot recently...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Grizzlies head to all-star break with loss to Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kevin Durant scored 26 points and Russell Westbrook added 24 to help the Thunder defeat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-89 on Wednesday night. Nick Collison had season highs of 15 points and nine rebounds and Dion Waiters added 11 points for Oklahoma City, which has won five of six heading into the All-Star break. The Thunder held the Grizzlies to 37 percent shooting....
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February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch The Thunder’s Latest Behind-The-Sideline-Reporter Handshake

If you remember back in early January, Nick Collison and Steven Adams went viral with their epic stare down handshake seen here: Now, about a month later, we have Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones getting in on the handshake action behind the same local sideline reporter. The second one is better no question about it. I never really understood the hype about the first one in the first...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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