Thunder Rumors & News

  • Paul George Says Hip Injury Should Be 'Back to 100' for Game 3 vs. Jazz

    Bleacher Report "After leading his team to a 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 1, Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George found himself as questionable for Game 2 because of a hip injury suffered during a fall on the court on Sunday. George wound up playing in Wednesday's game, scoring 18 points in a..." April 19

  • Paul George and Donovan Mitchell Will Play in Thunder-Jazz Game 2

    SI "Paul George and Donovan Mitchell will play in Game 2 of the Thunder-Jazz matchup. Thunder coach Billy Donovan confirmed George's place in the game. The Jazz announced Mitchell's return with a movie poster teasing the news." April 18

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • Thunder star Paul George diagnosed with a left hip contusion

    247 Sports "While an official decision on his status for Game 2 will not be revealed until closer to the opening tip at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night, All-Star forward Paul George was not a full participant in practice on Tuesday as he and his teammates prepare for another showdown with the Utah..." April 17

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • Russell Westbrook on announcer calling him ‘out of his cotton-picking mind:’ ‘What he said wasn’t OK’

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Thunder suspended TV announcer Brian Davis for responding to a nice play by saying Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton-picking mind.” Westbrook, via Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript: “Brian has been here for a while. What he said wasn’t OK. We all understand that,” Westbrook said...." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Russell Westbrook on comment by Thunder announcer: 'What he said wasn't OK ... we just have to move on'

    The Oklahoman "With the playoffs less than a day away, the Thunder is moving forward from TV play-by-play announcer Brian Davis's controversial comments in the final regular season game. Following Davis saying Russell Westbrook was out of his "cotton-picking mind" on a live Fox Sports Oklahoma broadcast in..." April 14

  • Larry King Doesn’t Think the ‘Cotton-Pickin’ Comment Directed at Russell Westbrook Was a Big Deal

    Complex "Fox Sports NBA announcer Brian Davis was caught slipping when he said, “[Russell] Westbrook is out of his cotton-pickin’ mind,” on Wednesday, the same night that Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double twice. People immediately saw the announcer’s comment for..." April 13

  • OKC Thunder Suspend Announcer for 'Cotton-Picking' Comment

    TMZ "The OKC Thunder commentator who said Russell Westbrook was "out of his cotton-picking mind" is being punished for his terrible choice of words ... the team just announced. Brian Davis, the play-by-play guy for Fox Sports Oklahoma, has been suspended for Game 1 of the Thunder-Jazz playoff..." April 13

  • Thunder issues statement on broadcaster’s racially insensitive comment

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday issued a statement condemning comments made by FOX Sports Oklahoma broadcaster Brian Davis during Wednesday night’s game when he said Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton-picking mind.” The statement from the Thunder indicates Davis did not intend for..." April 12

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • TV announcer gets caught with racists remark on Russell Westbrook live

    Clutch Points "Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook did Russel Westbrook things Wednesday night during a 137-123 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at home. Unfortunately, one television broadcaster did what broadcasters or any decent person should not do: utter a racist slur on live..." April 12

  • On Carmelo, showing maturity through acceptance and playoff glory

    The Sports Fan Journal "“It feels good, man, kind of just to be back in that postseason mindset…looking forward to not planning vacations. Even though I would love to be with my family, I think they understand that this is very important.” — Carmelo Anthony, via Brett Dawson of The Daily Oklahoman Nine years ago,..." April 11

  • Russell Westbrook on triple-double chase: ‘If you don’t want it, I’m gonna get it’

    Clutch Points "The regular season is only hours away from an end, and Russell Westbrook is yet again chasing history, only 16 rebounds away from a second straight triple-double season. While 16 rebounds seems like a daunting tally for a point guard, the reigning MVP is no ordinary one, and isn’t ashamed to..." April 11

  • Alex Abrines out indefinitely due to concussion symptoms

    247 Sports "Alex Abrines is staying home, for now. As the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare to play out their regular season with their finale versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, they'll likely do so without the services of Abrines. That would be because the young shooting guard suffered..." April 10

  • Carmelo Anthony admits that Russell Westbrook steals rebounds

    Larry Brown Sports "Carmelo Anthony is finally addressing the elephant in the locker room for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Speaking with the media Tuesday, Anthony admitted that Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook steals rebounds. Here is what he had to say, per Royce Young of ESPN. “For me, it’s good to have a..." April 10

  • Paul George nearing Ricky Davis’ streak of 27 games shooting under 50%

    Clutch Points "Paul George is struggling shooting the ball. That might not come as news to anyone keeping up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but what’s been surprising has been how consistently managed to struggle from the field. The All-Star forward has now shot under 50 percent in 21 straight games in which..." April 09

  • Russell Westbrook backs teachers in walkout in Oklahoma

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook cares about education — and he’s put his money where his mouth is. Westbrook, through his foundation, has opened more than 20 reading rooms at schools around Oklahoma and made other investments in education in the state. That’s a state where public schools are closed as..." April 08

  • Russell Westbrook praises James Harden, doesn't make MVP endorsement

    ESPN "Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook praised former teammate James Harden but stopped short of saying the Rockets superstar deserves MVP honors this season. Harden, who had his second MVP runner-up finish last season, is widely considered the favorite this season. He leads the NBA in scoring (30.6..." April 07

  • Paul George: How the Thunder finish this season won’t impact free agency

    Sportsnaut "The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the final weekend of regular season action in the midst of a seven-team race for five playoff spots out west. It’s going to be a frantic final few days of the regular season for Oklahoma City and the rest of those contending for these spots. For his part, Thunder..." April 06

  • All-time Team USA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony snubbed from national team pool

    Clutch Points "The call-up for the 2018-20 USA Men’s National Team pool has been announced and while the list includes many household names, it’s lacking the team’s all-time leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony. Anthony had been an All-Star player for eight consecutive seasons (2010-17), but has taken a steep..." April 06

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Westbrook can become 3rd player in last 30 years to lead league in FGA, but outside of top 5 in PPG

    Clutch Points "Russell Westbrook is nearing another show-stopping triple-double season after a 44-point, 16-rebound performance in a loss to the Golden State Warriors last night, but besides showing he can muster the 55-year-old feat for a second consecutive season, he’ll also partake in a rather odd..." April 04

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Russell Westbrook insists on great relationship with Paul George, Carmelo Anthony

    Clutch Points "The Oklahoma City Thunder faced yet another painful loss at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, dropping down another spot in the fierce Western Conference and now mired in sixth place. As a unit, the Thunder shot a woeful 37.6 percent from the field, despite Russell Westbrook’s brilliant..." April 04

  • Paul George Says He Has 'Mechanical' Issue with Shooting Form

    Bleacher Report "The Oklahoma City Thunder have been on a cold streak, and so has Paul George. He discussed the problem after Tuesday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, via Royce Young of ESPN.com "I gotta figure it out," George said. "Something mechanical in my shot. I've had struggles throughout the..." April 04

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • Russell Westbrook can clinch triple-double season by averaging 12 rebounds in last 4 games

    Clutch Points "In the midst of a furious race in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook can make some history of his own by totaling 48 rebounds in his last four games of the season — just enough to average a triple-double for the second consecutive year, according to Tommy..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Thunder's Carmelo Anthony surprised to be on bench for fourth quarter of OT loss

    ABC News "Carmelo Anthony said he was surprised to be on the bench on the final play of regulation with a chance to win at the buzzer as he sat the entire fourth quarter in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 126-125 overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday. "Yeah, of course," Anthony said. "Of course I..." March 31

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • Carmelo Anthony is adjusting to his role with Thunder

    247 Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder made a bold move in the offseason when they acquired Carmelo Anthony via trade. With the postseason just around the corner, Anthony will be playoff bound for the first in five seasons. As the Thunder prepare for that journey, Anthony continues to adjust to a different..." March 29

  • Carmelo on OKC reaching playoffs: 'We'll be there'

    ESPN "With seven games to go, ESPN's BPI playoff odds put the Oklahoma City Thunder at 97.5 percent to reach the postseason. Carmelo Anthony says you can go ahead and make that an even 100 percent. "We'll be there. We'll be there," Anthony said Wednesday. "I think we're confident enough to know that..." March 28

  • Paul George Lovingly Says Steven Adams Is A Big Man Who Enjoys Starting Trouble

    Dime Magazine "Paul George was under no misconceptions that there would be both a stark learning curve and, at times, a painful adjustment period this season has he integrated himself into the already-established Thunder culture. George knew that one of the most difficult hurdles would be figuring out how to..." March 27

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Billy Donovan stands by his decision to let Carmelo Anthony take final shot

    Clutch Points "Despite being down by as many as 18 points in the first half, the Oklahoma City Thunder were quickly able to battle back against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. Unfortunately, with the Thunder down 108-105 and with possession of the ball for the final shot, Thunder star forward Carmelo..." March 26

  • NBA says Marcus Morris' last-second winner for Celtics against Thunder shouldn't have counted

    CBS Sports "The Celtics secured the most thrilling win across the NBA on Tuesday thanks to a clutch Marcus Morris 3-pointer that plunged a dagger in the heart of the Thunder. However, that shot should not have counted, according to the NBA. The league released its Last Two Minute report Wednesday and..." March 22

  • Referees escorted off floor after controversial Raptors-Thunder ending

    Larry Brown Sports "Officiating controversies continue to be a black eye for the NBA this season. The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors on Sunday 132-125, but the end of the game was marred by some questionable refereeing decisions. A series of perceived no-calls down the stretch of the contest caused..." March 18

  • Carmelo passes Reggie Miller on NBA's all-time scoring list

    SLAM Online "Carmelo Anthony, with a bucket against the Raptors today, joins LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki as the only active players in the NBA’s all-time top 20 scoring list. Anthony continues to move up the list. He passed Jerry West earlier in the season and now has Alex English in his sights for 18th..." March 18

  • Thunder will not rush Adams and George back from injury

    247 Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder have lost a pair of key starters to injuries in their last two games as Steven Adams and Paul George have both gone down leaving Billy Donovan with an even shorter rotation than he is used to having at his disposal. With the Thunder currently in the middle of the rat..." March 15

  • Russell Westbrook Joins Exclusive 100 Triple-Doubles Club

    SLAM Online "Russell Westbrook joined Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd as the only players in NBA history with 100 career triple-doubles Tuesday night in Atlanta. Westbrook’s 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists led the visiting OKC Thunder past the Hawks 119-107. Russ took over the fourth..." March 14

  • Paul George says he'll be ready to play Friday after groin injury

    ESPN "Paul George said he's "all right" and expects to be able to play Friday against the LA Clippers after leaving with a groin injury in the third quarter of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 119-107 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday. "Yeah, I'll be all right, I'll be all right," George said. "It's three..." March 14

  • Steven Adams playing quite coy about hip injury

    Fanrag Sports "Steven Adams suffered what’s been categorized as a left hip contusion tonight against the Sacramento Kings. Although, the Oklahoma City Thunder did not want to play along when asked several questions about the injury postgame. The Thunder center left during tonight’s game. The media..." March 13

  • Thunder Rookie Terrance Ferguson Suffered A Concussion After Colliding With Steven Adams

    Uproxx "The Oklahoma City Thunder are shorthanded on the wing for the rest of the season, with defensive ace Andre Roberson sidelined as a result of a ruptured patella tendon. In his absence, the club added veteran Corey Brewer to the mix but that — in conjunction with internal options Josh Huestis,..." March 09

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Thunder haven’t defeated playoff team since Feb. 6

    Clutch Points "The Oklahoma City Thunder have been an enigma so far since the beginning of the regular season. In the offseason, the Thunder traded for both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, giving Russell Westbrook the help he needed to transform the Thunder from a postseason hopeful into a viable title..." March 05