Thunder Rumors & News

  • Thunder survive wild finish, edge Spurs

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- This is more like it, more like what fans were led to expect from a down-to-the-last-possession battle between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, two of the NBA's heavyweights, with a little controversy thrown in on the side. Oklahoma City laid a colossal egg in..." May 03

  • Magic Johnson says Lakers should pursue LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan, probably tampers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Magic Johnson is terrible on Twitter. His tweets are simplistic nonsense. He obviously knows a lot about basketball, but instead of sharing that expertise, he sounds like a cross between a lowest-common-denominator fan and low-rent news service. He spouts ideas like the Lakers trying to sign..." May 02

  • Chauncey Billups: Celtics Better Destination For Durant Than Lakers

    NESN "Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is able to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and there would be no shortage of suitors if the All-Star forward hit the market. The Boston Celtics reportedly believe Durant will give them a visit if he reaches free agency, and they..." May 02

  • Spurs send message -- loud, clear -- and demolish Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- One game does not a series make, not even a beatdown as complete as the one San Antonio put on Oklahoma City Saturday in Game 1 of the two teams' Western Conference semifinals. But if the Spurs were looking to make a statement, consider it a mission accomplished. LaMarcus..." May 01

  • Durant won't share emotions with reporter after Game 1 loss: 'I'm not telling you'

    The Score "Kevin Durant wasn't in the sharing mood after his Oklahoma City Thunder suffered an embarrassing Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night. "I'm not telling you," Durant told a reporter, when asked to describe his emotions after the 124-92..." May 01

  • Kevin Durant: Spurs-Thunder bears no resemblance to 2014 playoff series

    CBS Sports "The Thunder and Spurs know one another well. The two franchises are from the same tree, with GM Sam Presti having come from San Antonio and modeled the Thunder approach from practice to media relations in great strides after the the Spurs. The two teams have faced each other twice in the playoffs..." April 30

  • Report: Celtics believe Kevin Durant will visit in free agency

    NESN "The Boston Celtics’ season ended on a bittersweet note Thursday. But before Celtics fans start feeling too down, here’s a friendly reminder: The fun begins now. With Boston’s season officially over after the Atlanta Hawks eliminated them in the first round, the focus shifts to the offseason and..." April 29

  • Steven Adams explains why he doesn't talk to Tim Duncan

    The Score "Despite being a highly effective option on both ends of the court, Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is mostly known for being an agitator. Never one to back down from a challenge and always one to impose his physicality upon the opponent, Adams often finds himself entangled in..." April 28

  • Thunder get last word, oust Mavs in Game 5

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Before the Dallas Mavericks tipped off in a crucial playoff game Monday night, team owner Mark Cuban decided to add a little spice to an already burning series with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The outspoken Cuban told reporters that Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was..." April 26

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Russell Westbrook Tells Mavericks Fan & His Wife To "Shut The F*ck Up"

    Black Sports Online "Not sure what the guy said to Westbrook, it is unclear on the audio. Whatever it was it provoked Westbrook to tell the fan to STFU (shut the f*ck up). He was fined for $25k for cursing at the fan." April 26

  • Westbrook, KD roast Villanueva: 'Might not be in the league' next year

    Hoops Hype "Mavs forward Charlie Villanueva took to disrupting Russell Westbrook‘s pre-game routine, which involves some dancing, during the Dallas-Oklahoma City series. He did it again Monday night. Westbrook, who dropped 36 points in the final contest of the series, was asked about it after the game and..." April 26

  • Durant on Mark Cuban: 'He's an idiot'

    SLAM Online "After hearing about Mark Cuban’s comments about teammate Russell Westbrook’s superstardom status, Kevin Durant made sure his words were loud and clear regarding the Mavericks’ owner. Listen to what KD said after OKC finished off Dallas: " April 26

  • Mark Cuban Says Kevin Durant Is the Only Superstar on the Thunder

    Complex "If Russell Westbrook goes off in Game 4 tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, blame Mark Cuban. After a string of solid performances in their series by Westbrook which included back-to-back games of 25+ points and 15+ assists, Cuban told ESPN's Tim McMahon that Russ' teammate Kevin Durant is the..." April 26

  • Durant's actions overshadow Thunder's win over Mavericks

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Kevin Durant wasn't on the court with his teammates to celebrate the Oklahoma City Thunder's 119-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night, getting a step closer to the Western Conference semifinals. Instead, the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar watched in the locker..." April 24

  • NBA fines Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant for Game 4 violations

    ESPN "The NBA has fined Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant for violations in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff series with the Mavericks. Westbrook was fined $25,000 on Sunday for directing inappropriate language at a fan in Dallas after he was fouled by Salah Mejri on a..." April 24

  • Mavs Salah Mejri Wonders If Durant Has ‘Balls’ Enough To Go At Someone Besides Rookies

    Total Pro Sports "On Saturday, the Oklahoma City took a 3-1 lead in the series vs. the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 119-108. Kevin Durant shot 7-20 from the field and ended his night by getting ejected for slapping Mavs SF Justin Anderson across the head with less than a minute to go in the game. After the..." April 24

  • Durant apologized for whacking Justin Anderson; still could be suspended for Game 5

    Sports Day "Kevin Durant said he was sorry, that he didn't mean to whack Justin Anderson across the head during the final minute of Game 4 Saturday night. Durant immediately told Thunder coach Billy Donovan that he wanted to apologize, but within seconds he was being escorted off the American Airlines..." April 24

  • NBA hits Kevin Durant with retroactive technical foul for 'taunting' during Game 3

    Fox Sports "The NBA had a busy night of tape review after Thursday night's Thunder-Mavericks and Warriors-Rockets matchups. Now, it's doling out retroactive judgements wholesale. The biggest bombshell was the league judging James Harden's last-second game-winner over Golden State an illegal push-off - - a..." April 23

  • John Wall says Wizards didn’t hire Scott Brooks to lure Kevin Durant

    Washington Post "John Wall doesn’t yet have a personal relationship with Scott Brooks, but he was in favor of the Washington Wizards hiring Brooks as their next coach from the outset based on what he had heard about the former Oklahoma City Thunder head man. Wall works with the same trainer as Thunder point..." April 23

  • Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle sounds off on Kevin Durant, Thunder for 'non-basketball physical escalations'

    Sports Day "Coach Rick Carlisle ramped up the gamesmanship Friday afternoon with some strong commentary on what he felt were physical incidents from Oklahoma City in Game 3 that crossed the line of legality within NBA rules. In particular, Carlisle was upset about an elbow thrown by the Thunder's Kevin..." April 22

  • Dirk glad Westbrook stuffed him: 'I probably woulda got hung on the rim'

    Uproxx "Dirk Nowitzki was the unfortunate victim of Russell Westbrook’s athleticism in Game 3, with Westbrook viciously blocking Dirk’s dunk attempt. It was a spectacular moment for Westbrook, and a depressing one for Dirk…or was it? As Dirk told Tim McMahon of ESPN, Westbrook’s block might have actually..." April 22

  • Why Wizards fans shouldn't count on Scott Brooks to lure Kevin Durant

    Yahoo! Sports "Scott Brooks has accepted the Washington Wizards' head-coaching job, and you know what's coming next. For weeks Brooks has been perceived as Kevin Durant bait, the ex-coach with the ear of the soon-to-be free-agent star, the connection that could make a difference in a high-stakes courtship. He's..." April 22

  • Sources: Scott Brooks agrees to coach Wizards

    Yahoo! Sports "Scott Brooks has agreed in principle to a five-year, $35 million contract to become head coach of the Washington Wizards, league sources told The Vertical. Brooks' deal moves him into the elite of the highest-paid coaches in the league who don't also hold front-office power. Brooks’ $7 million..." April 22

  • Thunder rebound, blow out Mavericks

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle wasn't going to sugarcoat it. The Oklahoma City Thunder is more talented and athletically gifted than his Dallas team. Game 3 proved that once again, with the Thunder and superstar Kevin Durant returning to form in an impressive 131-102 dismantling of..." April 21

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Billy Donovan: Kevin Durant has to adjust to physical play

    The Oklahoman "After practice Wednesday, Thunder coach Billy Donovan talked strategy and mentality for Game 3 in Dallas: Why are we seeing such low scores in the playoffs? Donovan: “One is the familiarity with each other, team-wise. And the other thing, too, is the amount of contact in the playoffs. You've..." April 21

  • Defender and enforcer, Thunder's Steven Adams is also a character

    USA Today "Steven Adams is a character. Perhaps out of a work of fiction. Or a super-hero comic book. Or a documentary on world travel. With his wild, long hair, a world-class villainous mustache and tattoos, the 22-year-old New Zealand native is also the right character for the third-seeded Oklahoma City..." April 21

  • Sources: Wizards offer head-coaching job to Scott Brooks

    Yahoo! Sports "Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld met with Scott Brooks on Wednesday in Southern California, offering him the franchise’s head-coaching job, league sources told The Vertical. Brooks has been enthusiastic about reaching an agreement with the Wizards and could complete..." April 20

  • Monty Williams not expected to return to the Thunder, will help coach Team USA

    The Oklahoman "Ever since the tragic death of his wife in a car crash back in February, Monty Williams has been away from the Thunder, needing to care for his five children. A few months ago, the organization announced he wouldn't return this season. Moving into next year, Williams is not expected to return..." April 20

  • Thunder's Russell Westbrook is sick and tired of talking about dancing

    CBS Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks are tied 1-1 in their first-round playoff series, and Kevin Durant had a historically awful shooting night on Monday. All anyone wants to talk about, though, is Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva (and Justin Anderson, but the rookie has largely gone..." April 20

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    Durant on Villanueva's pregame dance interruption: "That's fake sh--."

    Westbrook: "That's for the guys that don't play."

  • Mavs bounce back, stun Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Raymond Felton was embarrassed. After the Dallas Mavericks were blown out by 38 points in Game 1 of their first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the veteran point guard was couldn't believe the display his team put on. However,..." April 19

  • Kevin Durant's mother says he is 'very loyal to the Thunder'

    USA Today "Kevin Durant is the biggest name in the upcoming free agency market. Where he'll ultimately go, however, is something that has yet to be decided, and has been cause for speculation time and time again. His mother, Wanda Pratt, spoke out Tuesday about her son's looming decision to NBC4..." April 19

  • Durant ties record for most missed field goals in playoff game

    The Score "It was an off-night for one of the best scorers in the league, to say the least. Kevin Durant shot 7-of-33 from the field in Monday's Game 2 loss against the Dallas Mavericks. He missed a potential game-winning layup at the buzzer and clanked two open looks on the previous possession. His 26..." April 19

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    Randy Renner @RandyRenner

    #Thunder coach Billy Donovan says both Cameron Payne and Nick Collison are back from injury and cleared to play pic.twitter.com/SWFkptAQEc

  • Scott Brooks is interested in the Lakers coaching job, part of Kevin Durant sweepstake?

    Silver Screen And Roll "With the Los Angeles Lakers finishing with the worst win-loss record in the history of their franchise for the third season in the a row, many assumed that head coach Byron Scott would be held responsible and let go. Scott, in his second year with the Lakers, instead sounds confident in his job..." April 16

  • Steven Adams partners with grooming company to develop mustache wax

    News Hub "Kiwi basketballer Steven Adams has partnered with an artisan grooming product company to develop a limited edition facial hair styling wax. Handmade La Conner is releasing just 500 punnets of the wax -- and partnered with the heavily-moustached Oklahoma City Thunder centre after learning that..." April 16

  • Spurs work OT for record-tying 40th home win

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- It took until the next-to-last game of the regular season for San Antonio to play an overtime game, but in the end, the Spurs found a way to win at home for the 40th time in 41 contests this season. The Spurs outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-98 Tuesday at the AT&T..." April 13

  • Thunder roll in Bryant's final road game

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- For the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers, their matchup Monday night was irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. The fact that the Thunder won 112-79 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena was not going to get them any closer to winning the NBA title or knock the Lakers out..." April 12

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Russell Westbrook records second-fastest triple-double in NBA history

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook passed to Anthony Morrow for a historic assist: Air ball. The next Thunder possession, Morrow didn't disappoint. Westbrook passed it right back to him and Morrow swished a 3, giving Westbrook a rare halftime triple-double. “I didn’t know it was to get the triple-double,”..." April 12

  • Kings close out arena in style

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Rudy Gay's two free throws with one second remaining may not go down in Sleep Train Arena lore in the same place as Mike Bibby's game-winning wing jumper during the 2001 Western Conference finals. But they won't go unforgotten by the Sacramento Kings faithful, either...." April 10

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    Kobe will indeed play today and tomorrow vs OKC.

  • Enes Kanter an unlikely candidate for Sixth Man award

    USA Today "The last time a conventional frontcourt player won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter was a 12-year-old growing up in Turkey. On one side of the world, the Dallas Mavericks’ Antawn Jamison was flourishing as an inside presence in the reserve role..." April 10

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    No one resting for the Thunder tonight in Sacramento.

  • Brett Brown: 'Going to be hard' to get Durant to join Sixers

    The Score "Should All-Star forward Kevin Durant choose to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder as an unrestricted free agent this summer, it's difficult to imagine the league-worst Philadelphia 76ers being a favorite to acquire the services of the four-time scoring champion. Head coach Brett Brown is very much..." April 09

  • Matt Barnes Says Derek Fisher Is Afraid & Is Threatening To File A Restraining Order On Him

    Total Pro Sports "Former Los Angeles Lakers teammates Derek Fisher & Matt Barnes are still going at it. Months after reports of Barnes leaving practice just to drive 90+ miles to confront and fight Fisher for seeing his estranged wife behind his back." April 08

  • Perkins joking about Durant confidentiality agreement

    The Score "New Orleans Pelicans center Kendrick Perkins decided to have some fun with reporters in Boston on Wednesday night, but he may not have taken into account the media environment of 2016. Perkins admitted to The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater that his comment about good friend Kevin Durant forcing him..." April 08

  • Trail Blazers earn postseason berth with win over Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- With four-fifths of the starting lineup gone, including All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, preseason prognostications did not have the Portland Trail Blazers going anywhere near the playoffs. So there was plenty of satisfaction in their locker room Wednesday night at..." April 07