OKLAHOMA CITY - Caron Butler has faced real adversity before.
More than a dozen arrests before he was 15 years old. Time spent in prison.
As a professional, Butler has had a number of injuries, even one that caused him to miss the Finals with Dallas two seasons ago.
And this year?
"For those not familiar with me, my name is James Caron Butler," he said Monday afternoon...
Russell Westbrook jumped the passing lane, gathered the steal, bolted down the sideline and hammered home a tomahawk slam over a retreating Kemba Walker.
All in a blur.
It was the type of athletic sequence that has come to define the early part of Westbrook’s career. But it was the kind of top-level explosion we had yet to see in his latest return from knee surgery.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Thunder fans who braved ice, snow and single-digit temperatures got a special treat -- a look at the old Russell Westbrook.
The three-time All-Star scored 26 points to lead Oklahoma City past the Charlotte Bobcats 116-99 Sunday night. He was 10 of 12 from the floor in 25 minutes in his fifth game since returning from right knee surgery. He has steadily improved and...
There is a fine line between being a good and being a great team in the NBA. The worst thing that a team could be in in the NBA is a middle-of-the-pack team, more so than any of the other major sports. The Oklahoma City Thunder in its short time together has experienced life on […]The post Addressing OKC’s Demons: On Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks And The Thunder Youngsters...
OKLAHOMA CITY - The struggle is real.
Three losses in a row, and this time even Russell Westbrook staying out past his minutes curfew couldn't save the Thunder from mighty Cleveland.
A 114-104 loss where Oklahoma City's defense never showed itself, where Kevin Durant kicked over a water cooler and where there is growing concern, issues and legitimate questions to answer....
Thunder coach Scott Brooks joked during pregame that he didn't like what he saw from Kyrie Irving at the All-Star game. Brooks coached the West and watched as Irving led the East to a comeback win on his way to earning MVP honors.
Brooks didn't like what he saw from Irving on Wednesday night, and it was no joke this time. The point guard made it look like All-Star weekend...
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9 days ago
For the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook’s return was a bit of a struggle. Westbrook is a superstar of the Thunder team, however, in his return against the Miami Heat, he didn’t look so hot. The question is, “How will Russell Westbrook’s impact influence the Oklahoma City Thunder?”
As a point guard, the young star should be passing a lot more than he does, especially...
Russell Westbrook shot free throws, completed a set of playful push-ups as teammate Serge Ibaka balanced a Gatorade bottle on his back and then got out of dodge, darting off the practice court and ducking behind the safe and secluded walls inside the Thunder's training center.
When he emerges, his next public appearance could be a long-awaited return to the Oklahoma City Thunder...
The Miami Heat had plenty of trouble with the Oklahoma City Thunder last time the teams met.
They might have even more to deal with this time around.
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook made it through a full practice Wednesday for the first time since his most recent surgery, just in time for Thursday's rematch with the two-time defending NBA champion Heat. The ultra-athletic...
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16 days ago
Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook made it through a full practice Wednesday for the first time since his most recent surgery.
Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee - the third operation on the knee in nine months. Coach Scott Brooks said Westbrook looked good in the practice and could return to game...
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17 days ago
Portland Trail Blazers commentators Mike Rice Sr. and Antonio Harvey aren’t big fans of Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks. Both men were upset about the minutes Brooks gave Portland’s two All Stars star, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard.
The Portland duo combined for just 13 points in 22 minutes, while Kevin Durant saw the court early and often.
That didn’t sit very well...
The Houston Rockets won on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards by the score of 113-112. The win brought the Rockets to 36-17, second in the Southwest Division. As All-Star weekend is upon us, Rockets' shooting guard James Harden will not only play, but start in the All-Star game for coach Scott Brooks' 2014 Western Conference All-Stars. Darrel Chen via Wikimedia...
Hard to complain about much of anything the Thunder have done this season as we heading into the All-Star break.
They have the best record in the Western Conference, four games clear of the Spurs. Kevin Durant has had his best season as a pro. Jeremy Lamb, Derek Fisher and Serge Ibaka have all impressed.
The only thing we don't know about is Russell Westbrook. Westbrook gets...
Scott Brooks has decided to insert James Harden into the Western Conference starting lineup to replace Kobe Bryant.
Bryant will miss the game due to a knee injury.
Harden played for Brooks as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, who is coaching the Western Conference All-Stars, has decided to insert Houston Rockets guard — and former Thunder player — James Harden into Kobe Bryant’s starting slot, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Kobe, who will not participate in the All-Star Game due to a knee injury and […]The post James Harden reportedly will replace...
Over the past week, Russell Westbrook has started cranking up his workout activity.
At shootaround in Orlando on Friday, Westbrook was seen taking some full-speed pull-up shots and doing some on-court cutting, working up a sweat. And before the Thunder's Sunday win over the Knicks, he was doing much of the same.
But Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks said Westbrook still hasn...
Russell Westbrook has begun to increase his workout activity, but hasn't been cleared for full contact.
“He hasn't participated in any part of our practices,” Scott Brooks said.
Westbrook's return is at least 10 days away.
“I don't know what date,” Brooks said. “Sometime after the All-Star break. We like the progress he is making.”
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We’ve heard Head Coach Scott Brooks say it countless times. If the Thunder plan on being competitive and winning without Russell Westbrook on the court, they need to place major emphasis on their defensive intensity. Surprisingly enough, we weren’t the only ones missing our starting point guard, as Mike Conley was sitting out due to a “grade 2 ankle sprain”. The good news...
Oklahoma City's Reggie Jackson has stepped in for the injured Russell Westbrook, and the Thunder have continued to roll.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Jackson's improvement is not always evident, and not just because of Kevin Durant's MVP-caliber play. Brooks said it's hard for Jackson to stand out against the talented point guards he faces in the Western Conference...
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February 04, 2014
The only person who could keep Kevin Durant from extending his run of 30-point games was Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks. It doesn't appear anyone can stop the team's impressive winning streak.
After he sat out the entire fourth quarter of a blowout victory, Durant may be able to begin another streak as he looks to lead the visiting Thunder to their 11th straight win Saturday...
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February 01, 2014
Scott Brooks used a small lineup after the Oklahoma City Thunder fell behind 22-4 in the first six minutes of Wednesday's over the Miami Heat.
Brooks used Perry Jones III instead of Kendrick Perkins to match up better with the athleticism of the Heat.
“I thought to win this game that we had to make a decision to go with a smaller lineup,” Brooks explained. “It’s just...
No matter how much they tried, no matter how much they insisted Wednesday’s clash wasn’t about them, neither Kevin Durant nor LeBron James could deflect or downplay the attention from their head-to-head duel.
When you coupled the magnitude of their matchup with their respective place in the game, perhaps even history, it was going to take an act of God to turn Thunder-Heat into...
Scott Brooks will be head coach of the the Western Conference All-Stars during the 2014 All-Star Game. Brooks and his staff clinched All-Star coaching honors after the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the best record in the Western Conference through games played on Feb. 2. Winners of their last eight games, Brooks has guided the Thunder to its best start in the Oklahoma City era...
With the Memphis win over Portland on Tuesday it became official:
Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks will coach the West in the NBA All-Star Game, which takes place in New Orleans on Feb. 16.
The honor goes to him because his Thunder, riding the hot shooting of Kevin Durant, will have the best record in the West on Feb. 2, which is the cutoff. Portland with Terry Stotts can’t catch...
Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks has earned his second All-Star coaching assignment.
Brooks clinched the Western Conference spot Wednesday night when Portland lost to Memphis, guaranteeing the Thunder (36-10) will have a better winning percentage than the Trail Blazers through Sunday.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich is ineligible because he coached the West last year.
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January 29, 2014