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  • NBA, NBPA agree to $1.1B ‘NBA 2K’ licensing agreement

    Sportress of Blogitude "The NBA and NBPA have agreed to a lucrative licensing agreement extension with Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., creators of the popular “NBA 2K” video game franchise, the league announced this week. The new agreement reportedly spans seven years and is said to be..." January 16

  • Terrance Ferguson is turning into the 3 and D wing OKC has been waiting for

    Welcome To Loud City "With a core of Steven Adams, Paul George, and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder have one of the highest ceilings in the NBA. But just as in the days of the Westbrook-Durant-Ibaka core, the Thunder have long-felt to be one 3-and-D wing short. Terrance..." January 15

  • Billy Donovan: Andre Roberson is 'not anywhere near playing'

    The Oklahoman "Almost a year after Andre Roberson ruptured his left patellar tendon, he isn’t “anywhere near playing,” according to Thunder coach Billy Donovan. “He’s worked hard, he’s doing all he needs to do,” Donovan said Monday after practice, “but..." January 15

  • Nick Collison's No. 4 to be retired by Thunder

    ESPN "Nick Collison's No. 4 will be the first number retired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder announced Saturday they'll retire Collison's jersey in a ceremony on March 20. "I am thrilled that Nick Collison will be the first Thunder player to have their..." January 12

  • NBA Rumors: These teams are willing to give up first-round picks, SN sources say

    Sporting News "The countdown to the NBA’s trade deadline has reached four weeks, and with 25 teams within 3.5 games of a postseason slot, the league swap meet could be as confused as ever. Let’s have a look in this week’s Friday Rumor-rama, or as it is known in Canada,..." January 11

  • NBA Rumors: Pelicans, Thunder interested in Cavs’ Kevin Love

    Cavs Nation "The New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder have shown a level of interest in acquiring Cleveland Cavaliers injured forward Kevin Love, according to ESPN analyst Mike Fratello (via Sam Amico of Amico Hoops). Both teams are in different situations,..." January 11

  • Thunder Pursuing Backup Big Man?

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder, who are currently without center Nerlens Noel, are “actively pursuing” backup big men, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports hears (Twitter link). As Smith notes, Oklahoma City is averse to taking on much – if any – money due to luxury tax..." January 11

  • Yes, Russell Westbrook Can't Shoot, but He's Doing Everything Else Right

    Bleacher Report "Russell Westbrook will never admit to changing. That outward stubbornness is what's made him so successful, and so polarizing, over the first 11 years of his career. Bring up his recent shooting struggles and changing offense, and he bristles. Ask him about his recent,..." January 10

  • Report: Nerlens Noel suffers concussion from fall but no fractures, other damage

    Pro Basketball Talk "It was incredibly scary when it happened — Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins went in for a dunk and Oklahoma City’s Nerlens Noel challenged him. Noel took an inadvertent elbow to the face and when he fell hit his head hard on the court. He stayed down for several..." January 09

  • Andrew Wiggins denies calling Dennis Schroder 'gay' in postgame interview

    USA Today "Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins denied referring to Dennis Schroder as "gay" on Tuesday night and clarified that he has "the utmost respect and love" for the LGBTQ community. Wiggins used the term in response to a question about Schroder's..." January 09

  • Nerlens Noel Got Knocked Out Cold On The Court

    Deadspin "A scary moment happened in the Timberwolves-Thunder game tonight, as Thunder forward Nerlens Noel had to be stretchered off after he apparently got knocked out by hitting his head on the court. Noel was going up to contest a drive from Andrew Wiggins, and when he took an elbow to the face from..." January 08

  • NBA Rumors: Raptors’ Masai Ujiri approached Thunder about DeMar DeRozan-Paul George swap last season

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors made a franchise-changing decision to trade star player DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard, one that has catapulted them to the top of the conference, sitting just a half-game away from the first spot in the East. Yet moving DeRozan wasn’t a spur..." January 08

  • Alex Abrines (personal reasons) has no timetable regarding return

    247 Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder are still going to have to make do without their best shooter. As the Thunder prepare to face the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight, they'll once again do so without Alex Abrines -- who will miss his eighth consecutive game due to personal reasons, according..." January 08

  • Russell Westbrook doesn't buy into Knicks' biggest free agency selling point

    New York Daily News "Russell Westbrook is biased on the subject, but the OKC superstar believes the size of the market is not a factor for free agents. “I don’t believe in small markets,” Westbrook said. “The world we live in, social media, wherever you’re at, if you’re..." January 03

  • Thunder's Paul George was right to snub Los Angeles, and Lakers fans just proved it

    USA Today "Paul George made the right decision when he snubbed the Los Angeles Lakers without so much as a flirtatious glance last summer, and Wednesday night proved exactly why. Towards the end of an evening where he had been booed during warm-ups, introductions and virtually every time he..." January 03

  • Westbrook defends George re-signing: 'I don't believe in small markets'

    Bleacher Report "Paul George appears to have spurned the Los Angeles Lakers and agreed to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency, and that may be because of the relationships he built in OKC over the past year. One relationship, in particular. Marc Stein of the New York Times..." January 02

  • Thunder's Paul George 'excited to see' reaction to his return to L.A.

    The Oklahoman "“They need you,” Russell Westbrook called to Paul George after shootaround Wednesday, as he backed out of the media scrum at the edge of the Staples Center court. “To talk about staying, or...” He trailed off. “Same s---?” George said,..." January 02

  • Billy Donovan not worried about Russell Westbrook

    Clutch Points "NBA Billy Donovan not worried about Russell Westbrook by  Paolo Songco January 2, 2019 Despite a turbulent season thus for Oklahoma City Thunder stud Russell Westbrook, team head coach Billy Donovan has not lost one bit of..." January 02

  • Thunder’s Paul George comes to L.A. after spurning the Lakers in free agency

    Orange County Register "They were picked 30 picks apart in the 2010 draft by the same team. For four years in Pacers practice, Paul George and Lance Stephenson were teammates. But in Indiana Pacers practice, they were most often adversaries. They would guard each other, talk trash and try to best one..." January 02

  • Paul George Calls Luka Doncic a 'Special Talent' After Getting Burned

    Complex "The NBA isn't often a place for compliments. Opponents will take compliments as a sign of weakness. That's the theory at least, and no player is exempt. That maxim certainly holds for rookies, who sometimes have a hard time garnering a compliment from their own teammates...." January 01

  • Russell Westbrook says he's been letting his teammates down

    247 Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook thinks that he has been letting his teammates down this season, as he has struggled to score the ball efficiently at times.  "I've just got to do a better job, man," Westbrook said after he scored just nine..." December 31

  • Thunder's Donovan airs issues with NBA's suspensions of Schroder, Felton

    The Oklahoman "The slightest hint of sweat started to appear on the forehead of Thunder coach Billy Donovan outside the visiting locker room of the Golden 1 Center on Wednesday. Donovan wasn't as inflamed as, say, Bulls center Robin Lopez was Monday night during the Thunder-Bulls fracas at..." December 20

  • Dennis Schroder, Raymond Felton suspended for role in Bulls’ scuffle

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder will be without Dennis Schroder and Raymond Felton on Wednesday against the Kings, as each player was issued a one-game suspension by the NBA. Schroder and Felton were each suspended for leaving the bench during an altercation in the third quarter of the Thunder’s..." December 19

  • Bulls’ Kris Dunn shoves Russell Westbrook, scuffle breaks out

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook has a way of getting under an opponent’s skin. Monday night it was the Bulls’ Kris Dunn‘s turn. While moving over in position on the strong side, Westbrook and Dunn made contact, and after the whistle blew for a foul (with the..." December 18

  • Billy Donovan could earn contract extension with strong playoff performance

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder appear to be committed to Billy Donovan at least into next season, but the head coach could earn even more job security if his team impresses in the postseason this year. Donovan had the fifth-year option on his contract picked up by the Thunder on Monday,..." December 17

  • Thunder Pick Up Billy Donovan’s 2019/20 Option

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder have exercised the fifth-year option on head coach Billy Donovan‘s contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter). The move will ensure that Donovan is locked up for the 2019/20 season. Since being hired by the Thunder in 2015,..." December 17

  • Report: NBA to allow fans to vote for All-Stars on Google

    247 Sports "The NBA is switching up the way it handles All-Star voting for the 2019 iteration of the annual exhibition.  For fans, voting for the 2019 All-Star game in Charlotte will begin at 11 a.m. EST on Christmas Day (December 25, 2018) and conclude at 11:59 p.m. on Martin Luther King..." December 17

  • Paul George asked Billy Donovan not to run plays for him last year

    Pro Basketball Talk "Oklahoma City Thunder are top-heavy team. Outside of their top three or four players, the Thunder aren’t very deep, and if any either Russell Westbrook or Paul George are out for any length of time, they are in serious trouble. This season the Thunder are a..." December 17

  • Nuggets' Murray: Russ shoved him 'probably because he was losing'

    The Score "The end of the Denver Nuggets' victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday was highlighted by a brief argument between Russell Westbrook and Jamal Murray. Westbrook shoved Murray while the two were lining up for a jump ball, leading to words being exchanged. Both were..." December 15

  • Russell Westbrook on Jamal Murray scuffle: He was in my way

    Sporting News "Russell Westbrook said the fourth-quarter scuffle Friday between the Thunder and the Nuggets started because Jamal Murray was in his way.  Seven-time All-Star Westbrook attempted to move ahead of a jump-ball situation with 35.7 seconds left in the game after Paul George changed..." December 15

  • Why Paul George Asked Billy Donovan to Stop Running Plays For Him

    Complex "Paul George's enigmatic offensive game is proving difficult for Thunder head coach Billy Donovan to wrap his head around. "At times he's like, 'Stop—just let me get it,'" Donovan told ESPN's Royce Young for his Friday feature on the Thunder's..." December 14

  • The NBA Arenas That Did The Best And Worst On Recent Health Inspections

    Dime Magazine "On Thursday, ESPN released an exhaustive look at the health inspection scores for every major sporting venue in the United States, with a detailed breakdown of the number of restaurants and vendors within each venue that had high-level violations. Stadium concessions are an..." December 13

  • After pre-draft hype and lost contract opportunity, Nerlens Noel building himself back up with Thunder

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nerlens Noel ranked No. 1 in his high school class. After his lone season at Kentucky, I placed him atop my 2013 NBA draft board. Noel, based on circumstantial evidence, had the logo of the Cavaliers – who had the No. 1 pick – sewn into his draft-night jacket. He made..." December 07

  • Paul George Had 25 Fourth-Quarter Points And The Game-Winner To Hand The Nets Another Close Loss

    Dime Magazine "The Brooklyn Nets fell to 8-18 on the season on Wednesday night as they blew an 18-point lead entering the fourth quarter against the Thunder, as Paul George erupted for 25 points in the final period. It was the largest comeback in Thunder franchise history and, unfortunately for the..." December 06

  • Russell Westbrook passes Jason Kidd on all time triple-doubles list

    Clutch Points "The Oklahoma City Thunder came back and defeated the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, and Thunder superstar point guard Russell Westbrook made some history in the win. Westbrook registered a triple-double, posting 21 points, 15 rebounds and 17..." December 06

  • With Fred Hoiberg Fired, Which NBA Coach Is On The Hot Seat Next?

    Dime Magazine "It didn’t take the NBA long to start firing coaches this year. Fred Hoiberg is the latest victim after he was fired by the Bulls a mere 24 games into the season. That seems early, but he wasn’t even the first coach to be let go this year. That honor belongs to Tyronn Lue..." December 03

  • Klay would want Steven Adams with him on an island: 'He looks like Aquaman'

    The Score "Klay Thompson participated in a Reddit AMA on Friday and his responses did not disappoint. Among the questions posed to the Golden State Warriors guard was which three NBA players he would choose to bring with him if he was stranded on an island. His top pick? Steven..." December 01

  • Andre Roberson experiences another setback in his knee rehab

    The Oklahoman "The road to recovery has been a difficult one for the Thunder's Andre Roberson. The same day Roberson showed glimpses of his most progress in his rehab from left knee surgery, he experienced another setback, a Thunder spokesman said Friday. An MRI of Roberson's surgically..." November 30

  • Russell Westbrook posts 107th career triple-double, tying Jason Kidd

    ESPN "A few evenings after staying more than 2½ hours past the buzzer for a late-night solo shooting session, Russell Westbrook bounced back with one of his most complete games of the season, which included his 107th career triple-double to tie Jason Kidd for third on the all-time..." November 29

  • Russell Westbrook Has ‘No Interest’ in Billy Donovan’s Play Calls; Is this Donovan's Last Season?

    The Big Lead "Brian Windhorst recently talked about Russell Westbrook’s shot selection on ‘Brian Windhorst & The Hoops Collective’ pod. The topic was at the forefront of discussion due to Westbrook’s forgettable night against the Nuggets in which he shot one for..." November 28

  • Russell Westbrook sometimes has no interest in Billy Donovan’s offensive play calls

    Clutch Points "There’s a prevailing thought around the league that Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook is a hard player to coach due to his aggressive style of play and demeanor. As a result, it appears Thunder head coach Billy Donovan has had to scale back his..." November 27

  • Russell Westbrook's 3-point woes lead to late-night shooting drills

    ESPN "After going 1-of-12 from 3-point range in a 105-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Saturday, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook returned to the court still in his full uniform after the game for a shooting session some two hours after the final..." November 26

  • Thunder coach not happy with Russell Westbrook’s shot selection

    Larry Brown Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan was not happy with Russell Westbrook over the former MVP’s shot selection on Saturday night. The Thunder lost 105-98 to the Denver Nuggets and had an off night all around. They shot 35.9 percent as a team, 23.1 percent on threes,..." November 25

  • Thunder's Ferguson to have ankle re-evaluated in 10-12 days

    The Score "Oklahoma City Thunder wing Terrance Ferguson will have his ankle re-examined in 10-12 days, coach Billy Donovan told the media Friday, per ESPN's Royce Young. Ferguson left midway through the first quarter of Wednesday's game against the Golden State Warriors with what the..." November 24

  • Paul George: We've Just Got More Creators Now

    Real GM Basketball "The Oklahoma City Thunder want to rely less on Russell Westbrook to generate offense with Paul George and Dennis Schroder able to create. "Russ is the guy that wants us to be out there making plays," George said. "Russ is not a stat guy. He wants us to be out there..." November 23

  • Hamidou Diallo’s frightening leg injury fortunately turns out to be just sprain

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA has gotten lucky a couple of times this season with injuries. First was Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert, who went down with looked to be a career-changing kind of leg injury, the kind that had teammates in tears, but it turned out “only” to be a dislocated ankle that..." November 22

  • Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo suffered rough ankle injury, taken off on stretcher

    Yahoo! Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo suffered an ankle injury in their 123-95 win against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Wednesday night, and was taken off the court in a stretcher. Diallo went up for a rebound with Warriors forward Jonas..." November 22

  • Russell Westbrook Missed Saturday’s Game For The Birth Of His Twin Daughters

    Uproxx "Russell Westbrook doesn’t tend to miss many games. Aside from a handful of injuries — including an untimely collision with Pat Beverley in 2013 that torpedoed OKC’s postseason hopes — Westbrook is one of the NBA’s iron men. He’s far too..." November 19

  • Thunder star Paul George is averaging career-highs in 4 major categories

    Clutch Points "Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder is logging in career-highs in four major statistical categories. As observed by Redditor goochbruise, Paul George is averaging career-highs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals. Specifically, he’s putting..." November 19

  • Report: 4 teams interested in trading for Cavs’ Kyle Korver

    Cavs Nation "Per Gery Woelfel of Woelfel’s Press Box, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Kyle Korver has piqued the interest of four teams early in the 2018-19 season: the Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles..." November 16