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  • Russell Westbrook to serve mandatory 1-game suspension after 16th technical foul

    Sporting News "Russell Westbrook will serve a mandatory one-game suspension on Monday, the NBA announced on Sunday. The Thunder star received his 16th technical foul of the season in a 110-88 loss to Golden State on Saturday. Westbrook seemed unhappy with the officiating..." March 18

  • Westbrook suspended after receiving 16th technical

    NBA.com "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has been suspended one game without pay for receiving his 16th technical foul of the 2018-19 season, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Under NBA rules, a player or coach is..." March 17

  • Westbrook faces suspension after 16th technical

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook picked up his 16th technical foul of the season late in the first half against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, and if the infraction isn't rescinded, it will result in an automatic one-game suspension. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard was hit with the..." March 17

  • George: 'I was a snacker' before changes prior to breakthrough season

    The Score "Kicking aside some bad habits this past summer is helping Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George to emerge as an MVP candidate this season. "I'm a gamer," George told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "So that caused for some late nights being up playing. You do get an..." March 17

  • PG: 'I'm not sure if I've done enough' to have Pacers jersey retired

    SLAM Online "Paul George thinks it will be “30 years from now” until the Pacers consider retiring his jersey. The OKC Thunder superstar says he may have not “done enough” to earn the honor just yet. PG’s second visit to Indiana since leaving in June 2017 was..." March 15

  • Thunder become final NBA team to put ad on jersey

    Pro Basketball Talk "All 30 NBA teams have jersey advertisements now that the Thunder got one. Zach Lowe of ESPN: The team said the deal ranks among the top 10 in average annual value, which would put it somewhere a little south of $10 million based on publicly known amounts. The..." March 15

  • Jazz Issue Lifetime Ban to Fan for 2018 Incident with Russell Westbrook

    Bleacher Report "Two days after issuing a permanent ban to fan Shane Keisel for his interaction with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, the Utah Jazz banned another fan for a previous incident involving Westbrook. According to Eric Woodyard of..." March 15

  • Russell Westbrook incident shows we could be on path to another 'Malice at the Palace'

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA could be on the doorstep of catastrophe, a repeat of the public-relations disaster from 15 years ago, when the invisible line between fans and athletes was crossed during a massive brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook got into a..." March 13

  • Video shows Jazz fans calling Russell Westbrook ‘boy’ last year

    Larry Brown Sports "Monday night’s highly-publicized incident between Russell Westbrook and some Utah Jazz fans received widespread attention, but is far from his first run-in with fans there. Westbrook had some encounters with Jazz fans throughout their playoff serieslast year, including one..." March 13

  • The NBPA Is Calling For A ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy For Fan Misconduct After The Westbrook Incident

    Dime Magazine "On Monday night in Utah, Russell Westbrook got into a heated exchange with a Jazz fan seated next to the Thunder’s bench. A video emerged showing Westbrook hurling invectives at both the individual in question and his wife. After the game, Patrick..." March 12

  • Russell Westbrook fined $25K for heated exchange with Utah Jazz fan

    KOCO News 5 "Russell Westbrook has been fined $25,000 for a heated interaction with a fan during Monday night's game against the Utah Jazz, NBA officials announced Tuesday. Early in the game, Westbrook was caught on camera yelling at a fan sitting near the Thunder's..." March 12

  • Jazz Fan Shane Keisel to File Lawsuit Against Russell Westbrook After Dispute

    Bleacher Report "Utah Jazz fan Shane Keisel said Tuesday he's planning to file a lawsuit against Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook following a verbal altercation during Monday night's game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Keisel..." March 12

  • Jazz permanently ban fan who inappropriately interacted with Westbrook

    NBA.com "The Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Group announced today a permanent ban of the fan who engaged in the inappropriate interaction with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook last night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The ban is effective immediately and includes all arena..." March 12

  • Knicks, Hawks, Suns Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "All but two of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for 2018/19. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract (or having 10-day contracts..." March 12

  • Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha ‘100%’ supports Russell Westbrook in wake of verbal altercation with Utah fan

    Deseret News "Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook’s heated verbal interaction with a Utah Jazz fan has evoked a media firestorm following Monday night’s victory. Did Westbrook go too far? Are Jazz fans too rowdy? Numerous topics have flooded national sports..." March 12

  • Russell Westbrook reveals what Utah Jazz fan said to him

    Larry Brown Sports "There are always two sides to a story, and now we’re hearing both sides of what happened between Russell Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan that led to a video that went viral on Monday night. A video of Westbrook threatening to f— up a Jazz fan and his..." March 12

  • Jazz fan claims Westbrook is 'classless' after altercation

    247 Sports "And the rivalry between the Utah Jazz and Russell Westbrook continues. The Oklahoma City Thunder swept the season series with the Jazz after they defeated them 98-89 on Monday night. However, that wasn't the story. The story of the game was the verbal altercation between..." March 12

  • Deonte Burton Agrees To Multi-Year Contract With Thunder

    Real GM Basketball "The Oklahoma City Thunder have converted Deonte Burton from a two-way deal to a multi-year NBA contract. The 25-year-old Burton is averaging 3.1 points on the season. " March 10

  • Patrick Beverley calls out Paul George over officiating criticisms

    Yardbarker "Russell Westbrook is no longer the only Oklahoma City Thunder star that Patrick Beverley has beef with. The LA Clippers defeated the Thunder on Friday night by the final score of 118-110. After the game, OKC forward Paul George, who fouled out of the contest after scoring just 15..." March 10

  • NBA fines George $25K for 'bad officiating' comments

    The Score "The NBA has fined Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George $25,000 for publicly criticizing game officials after Friday's 118-110 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. With the Thunder trailing by one point with 3:49 left in the game, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley goaded..." March 09

  • Thunder's Paul George fumes at NBA officiating: 'Somebody's got to look into this'

    Real GM Basketball "Monty McCutchen, the NBA chief of referees, said that his crew missed a key offensive foul on Paul George during Oklahoma City's win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The play in question took place with the game tied with under a minute in the 4th quarter. George drove to the..." March 09

  • Report: NBA ticket sales down slightly this season

    Larry Brown Sports "The landscape of the NBA changed quite dramatically last offseason when LeBron James decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. While it may be a coincidence, that has not resulted in an increased level of interest in the league. In a recent conversation with Bill Simmons of The..." March 08

  • Russell Westbrook: 'I would boo me too, if I were the other team'

    The Score "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is used to playing the villain, and Portland Trail Blazers fans didn't hold back after the 2017 MVP got into it with Jusuf Nurkic in the second quarter of Thursday's contest. Westbrook admits he..." March 08

  • Adam Silver Admitted Shorter Contracts Have Given Star Players Too Much Power

    Dime Magazine "Adam Silver sat down with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons for a wide-ranging chat about the state of the NBA at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and was surprisingly candid about the biggest challenges his league faces in 2019. Right off the bat, Silver made a somewhat..." March 07

  • Russell Westbrook to KAT: 'Get to the F--king Playoffs' Before Speaking to Me

    Bleacher Report "Russell Westbrook unsuccessfully attempted to get under the skin of Karl-Anthony Towns and Dario Saric during the Oklahoma City Thunder's 131-120 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski set the..." March 06

  • Adam Silver Says ‘A Lot’ Of NBA Players Are ‘Generally Unhappy’

    NESN "Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave a sobering answer about the mental health of players in the league. As part of an hour-long panel with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Silver said that a lot of the players he interacts..." March 05

  • NBA Searched Cellphones in Lakers-Paul George Tampering Case

    Bleacher Report "The NBA took extensive measures during its investigation into the Los Angeles Lakers tampering with Paul George two years ago. Speaking at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (h/t TrueHoop's Henry Abbott), NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league hired investigators and..." March 01

  • Thunder's Paul George out vs. 76ers with shoulder soreness

    Sporting News "The Thunder will be without leading scorer Paul George against the 76ers on Thursday as the forward is dealing with shoulder soreness, the team announced.  George injured his shoulder during Tuesday's 121-112 loss to the Nuggets, according to ESPN, though it's..." February 28

  • NBA Hasn't Received Demand To Increase Jersey Sponsorship Patch Size

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA’s jersey patch program is more than halfway through its three-season test and the results are clear: It’s a slam dunk. As the league continues to search for new revenue, the patch program has delivered, generating more than $150 million. And 20 of the 29 team patch..." February 27

  • Russell Westbrook on Being Hit by Young Nuggets Fan: Fans Have 'Too Much Leeway'

    The Oklahoman "With three minutes left in the third quarter, Russell Westbrook walked up the sideline during a stoppage of play, and a young fan sitting courtside reached out and hit him on the arm. Westbrook spun around and stared at him. The child sat down. “He hit me,” Westbrook said,..." February 27

  • Thunder newcomer Markieff Morris on the key to acclimation: Don't 'force things'

    The Oklahoman "Thunder forward Markieff Morris was in the middle of answering a question about how he best absorbs a new team’s system after joining in the middle of the season when point guard Dennis Schroder slid into the media scrum next him. Does Morris like to ask his..." February 27

  • Paul George is playing like an MVP. Can OKC figure out how to survive the minutes he rests?

    Welcome To Loud City "Now that Paul George has taken on Russell Westbrook’s role as the Thunder’s most important player and MVP candidate, the team has to solve a conundrum with George that it faced with Westbrook for the last two years: How the hell do..." February 26

  • Thunder allow 10-day deals of Solomon, Hopson to expire

    Amico Hoops "The Oklahoma City Thunder did not re-sign forward Richard Solomon and swingman Scotty Hopsonfollowing the expiration of their 10-day contracts, as relayed by Arthur Hill of Hoops Rumors. Solomon and Hopson were signed Feb. 14. Both had been playing for the Oklahoma..." February 26

  • NBA jersey patch program has generated $150 million

    Mass Live "Some fans weren’t particularly thrilled when the Boston Celtics, along with the rest of the NBA, decided to add an advertiser patch to their jerseys. The traditional jerseys, it was said, were sullied by a cash grab, and tradition had been sold out for a few bucks. Well, it..." February 25

  • Can contenders still find contributors for playoff runs?

    Sporting News "The time for trades has ended, but contenders searching for slight upgrades still have the ability to scour the buyout market. As long as they are waived by March 1, buyout candidates are eligible to compete in the postseason. These kinds of players typically only fill small..." February 25

  • Westbrook debuts Why Not Zer0.2 sneakers inspired by 'Rugrats'

    The Score "Russell Westbrook infused some '90s nostalgia into the latest pair of his Jordan Brand Why Not Zer0.2 sneakers. The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard donned a player-exclusive colorway inspired by the Nickelodeon cartoon series "Rugrats" against the Sacramento Kings on..." February 24

  • PG, Russ combine for 5th-highest teammate output in last 34 years

    The Score "Paul George's floater with 0.8 seconds left in double overtime didn't just win the game for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their Friday night tilt against the Utah Jazz. It also put George and Russell Westbrook in some rarefied company. With George scoring 45 points and..." February 23

  • NBA Denies ESPN's Report That Tim Donaghy Fixed Games

    Bleacher Report "The NBA is denying a report from ESPN that Tim Donaghy fixed games while working as a referee for the league. NBA.com published the league's official statement, which read in part: "The Tim Donaghy matter concluded over a decade ago with a..." February 22

  • Paul George asks Nike 'what went wrong' with his PG 2.5 shoe after Zion Williamson injury

    ESPN " Paul George said Thursday that he reached out to Nike to find out "what went wrong" with his PG 2.5 signature shoe that Zion Williamson was wearing when he injured his knee on Wednesday. "First, I want to wish him all the best," George said...." February 22

  • Markieff Morris: What the Thunder should expect from their new power forward

    Welcome To Loud City "By seven minutes, Markieff Morris is the older Morris twin. Perhaps this is one early reason why he’s a bit different from his identical twin, Marcus. For all their genetic similarities, there are differences in how they play basketball. Marcus is the..." February 21

  • Paul George spoke to Nike after Zion Williamson injury to find out what went wrong

    Sporting News "Thunder forward Paul George took some heat after Duke sensation Zion Williamson went down with a sprained knee after he slipped, ripped open his shoe and immediately fell to the floor during the first minute of Wednesday's game against North Carolina. Williamson was..." February 21

  • Examining the NBA's easiest and most difficult remaining schedules

    USA Today "Finally, we've arrived. The stretch run of the 2018-19 NBA season is here, and with it come the games that will define the campaign and change the landscape of the upcoming postseason. The final 20-plus games of the year are going to be thrilling to watch unfold, as..." February 20

  • NBA Estimates 37-40 Percent Of Players Will Be Free Agents In 2019 Offseason

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is anticipating between 37 percent and 40 percent of current players will be free agents this offseason, according to sources close to Adam Silver. Silver talked about how shorter contract lengths have changed the equation on player movement. "People have lost..." February 19

  • Paul George takes jab at James Harden after using stepback move on him

    Bleacher Report "James Harden and Team LeBron earned bragging rights with a 178-164 victory over Paul George and Team Giannis at Sunday's All-Star Game at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, but the Oklahoma City Thunder swingman gave the Houston Rockets guard a taste of his own medicine..." February 18

  • Hamidou Diallo leaps over Shaquille O'Neal to win 2019 Slam Dunk Contest

    USA Today "Props were the name of the game in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend. Atlanta’s John Collins brought creativity with an homage to the Wright brothers in North Carolina by leaping over a small replica of a plane. New York’s Dennis Smith Jr. came with..." February 17

  • Joel Embiid on Beef with Russell Westbrook: 'I'm Willing to Work It Out'

    Bleacher Report "Joel Embiid is ready to squash his beef with Russell Westbrook. Westbrook? Not so much. The Team Giannis teammates were asked how they'd get along in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game and gave two very different answers. "We're on the same team. I'm..." February 16

  • Russell Westbrook on whether he can get along with Joel Embiid at All-Star Game: 'Next question'

    Sporting News "Thunder star Russell Westbrook isn't willing to talk about the beef he has with 76ers' Joel Embiid.  When asked during Saturday's media availability during NBA All-Star weekend about whether he will be able to get along with Embiid for one night as the two are..." February 16

  • Russell Westbrook says there is no hate with Kevin Durant

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook has opened up again, this time in a cold tub. In an episode of “Cold As Balls” – a video series by comedian Kevin Hart on his Laugh Out Loud network – Westbrook talked about triple-doubles, why he’s against super teams, and gave an..." February 16

  • Russell Westbrook becomes all-time scoring leader for Thunder

    247 Sports "Russell Westbrook has been one of the NBA's more dangerous guards since he entered the league as a first round pick of the Seattle SuperSonics back in 2008. In the first quarter of Thursday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Westbrook became the all-time points..." February 15

  • Markieff Morris to sign with OKC

    TSN "Free agent forward Markieff Morris has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.  Morris was acquired by the New Orleans Pelicans in a deal for Wesley Johnson at the trade deadline and then subsequently bought..." February 14