Thunder Rumors & News

  • Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Hawks

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Russell Westbrook's triple-double streak continued Monday night as did the team streaks of the Oklahoma Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks. Westbrook had 32 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as Oklahoma City prevailed 102-99 to boost its winning streak to six and extend the Hawks'..." December 05

  • Russell Westbrook records 5th straight triple-double, longest streak of career

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook notched his fifth consecutive triple-double -- the longest streak of his career and the NBA's longest since Michael Jordan's seven straight in 1989 -- in the Thunder's 101-92 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. "I just play, honestly," Westbrook said. "I don't want to..." December 05

  • Westbrook's 5th straight triple-double powers Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook and New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis have a lot in common. Besides being among the best athletes to ever play their respective positions, both have shouldered the weight of their teams by themselves this season. So it..." December 04

  • Report: NBA opening night to be 7-10 days earlier in 2017-18

    ESPN "Major League Baseball had all the labor negotiating fun this week, coming to terms on a new five-year pact to avert a lockout just before its own buzzer to get a deal done, but fear not. The NBA remains on course to announce its highly anticipated agreement with the National Basketball Players..." December 02

  • Westbrook's fourth straight triple-double carries Thunder past Wizards

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- If there is one person in the NBA who knows what a motivated Russell Westbrook can do, it's Scott Brooks. The Washington Wizards coach was the lead man in Oklahoma City for seven years before being fired in 2015. So as much as he marveled at the recent triple-double streak..." December 01

  • Russell Westbrook on rebound 'technique': 'I just be chilling there, act like I’m not doing nothing'

    USA Today "Russell Westbrook finished the Thunder’s overtime win against the Wizards on Wednesday with 35 points, 11 assists and 14 rebounds. Here are some amazing facts about this triple-double: It was his fourth straight, his ninth of the season and his 46th of his career (to pass up LeBron James on the..." December 01

  • Russell Westbrook averaging triple-double; latest in season since Oscar Robertson

    ESPN "With 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists against the New York Knicks in a 112-103 win Monday, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook is now averaging a triple-double and doing so later in the season than any player has since Oscar Robertson in 1963-64. Westbrook is averaging 30.9..." November 29

  • Westbrook leads Thunder over Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Look out Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook is on your heels. Westbrook recorded his third straight triple-double and eighth this season, pacing the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 112-103 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. Westbrook scored..." November 28

  • Carmelo surprised Westbrook signed extension with Thunder

    New York Daily News "It was only four months ago when Russell Westbrook was the biggest free agent of the 2017 class. The Knicks, as usual with the top names (without much success), were rumored as a potential destination. But all that dissolved when Westbrook took the unusual step of signing a long-term extension..." November 27

  • LeBron James congratulates Russell Westbrook for tying his triple-double mark

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook had 17 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 106-88 win over the Detroit Pistons, his league-best seventh triple-double of the season. Stat lines like this are now more or less ordinary for Westbrook -- in 18 games this year, he's averaging 31.2..." November 27

  • Russell Westbrook tied LeBron James for triple-doubles -- in 395 fewer games

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook and LeBron James have the same number of career triple-doubles, but if you were to illustrate their proximity, you might picture Russ rushing to the hoop and LeBron backpedaling like crazy, about to fall out of the picture. Westbrook racked up his 44th career triple-double and..." November 27

  • Westbrook sparks Thunder over Nuggets

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Russell Westbrook was cold from the floor early, but he heated when his team needed it most. Westbrook scored 24 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat the Denver Nuggets 132-127 on Friday. Westbrook had a..." November 26

  • Russell Westbrook made NBA history with another epic triple-double

    Fox Sports "While you were busy watching college football or still recovering from Thursday's day of gluttony on Friday night, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was racking up another epic triple-double on his way to NBA history. Westbrook went off for 36 points, 12 rebounds and 18..." November 26

  • Westbrook's triple-double carries Thunder past Pistons

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Stan Van Gundy isn't one to mince words. The Detroit coach has no problem giving honest appraisals about almost any topic that is put to him. But Van Gundy saves some of his most biting and frank comments about his team whenever they play below his expectations. That was the..." November 26

  • Kings' frontcourt wears down Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It is only two victories in a row, so the Sacramento Kings aren't about to get carried away. But they do possess a pace, a flow and a fluidity to their game that they didn't have before coach Dave Joerger changed his lineup. For now, that is good enough. "When you..." November 24

  • Young, Lakers sink Thunder in final seconds

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The pass was intended for Lou Williams. However, teammate Nick Young intercepted it and buried a game-winning shot. "The play was designed for somebody else. I think they should give me a steal for that," Young joked. Young's 3-point bucket with five seconds left was the..." November 23

  • Amazon is pushing for sports rights, but NBA turned them down for League Pass

    Awful Announcing "The Amazon buildup towards trying to gain live sports rights continues. They quietly hired SI/120 Sports veteran James DeLorenzo in March to head a new sports group, and they’ve since hired content-acquisition people and made attempts to land particular sports rights. According to The Wall Street..." November 23

  • It’s Time for These NBA Teams to Bottom Out

    The Ringer "As we go through life, we’re taught about different levels of shame in sports. Being a sore loser is shameful, sure, but being an eager and willing loser is a downright sin. Tanking in the NBA has long been considered one of the most shameful things in all of sports. But sometimes we learn to live..." November 22

  • Teague carries shorthanded Pacers past Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY-- Nate McMillan just wanted to see his team fight. Down two players from his team's regular rotation, the Indiana coach wanted to see his squad go scrap and claw for a win in a hostile environment. That is exactly what McMillan got as the Pacers held off the Oklahoma City..." November 20

  • Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder past Nets

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lately it seems every time Russell Westbrook takes the court he is breaking some record or doing something that's never been seen before. But when his name is mentioned alongside the immortals of the game the Oklahoma City Thunder guard knows he has really accomplished..." November 19

  • Semaj Christon To Miss Time

    Hoops Rumors "Semaj Christon suffered a non-displaced left facial fracture and is currently in the NBA’s concussion protocol after hitting in his head on Enes Kanter‘s knee during the Thunder’s win over the Nets on Friday night, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports. There currently is no timetable for his..." November 19

  • Retired NBA commissioner David Stern went off about cheating and ethics

    Quartz "As NBA commissioner, David Stern was a strict and unyielding monarch, who presided over a successful and growing empire for 30 years. In retirement, unshackled from those responsibilities, he is happy to let loose with his raw, undiplomatic opinions about the ills befalling sports and..." November 19

  • Michael Jordan says he sees a lot of himself in Russell Westbrook

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody is playing harder, nobody brings a more fierce game to the arena every night than angry Russell Westbrook. In the wake of Kevin Durant‘s exit, stage left, Westbrook has been unleashed — 31.8 points, 9.8 assists, and 9.5 rebounds a game. He’s playing at an MVP level, carrying the Thunder to..." November 19

  • Seeking bigger wing, Thunder 'remain interested' in Rudy Gay

    CBS Sports "More than likely, Rudy Gay's tenure in Sacramento is coming to an end sooner rather than later. Gay will opt out of his contract with the Kings after this season and wanting to get a player or an asset before he leaves, Sacramento is rumored to be looking to trade him. Of course Gay has been..." November 17

  • With Durant gone, Thunder remodel around Westbrook and young core

    ESPN "When Steven Adams got the text from a friend alerting him to the news of Kevin Durant signing in Golden State, Adams thought of his favorite Thunder credo: "We don't flinch." It predates Adams, but senior teammates resurrected it in Adams' honor during the 2016 playoffs, when he barely reacted to..." November 17

  • Thunder's Westbrook slams door on Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook doesn't worry about consequences. When the Oklahoma City guard is on the court, he just knows he wants to do whatever it takes to win. So when most players tend to be cautious in high pressure situations, Westbrook takes the other path and stays..." November 16

  • Russell Wilson: “Seattle needs basketball back”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Wilson announced via Twitter on Monday that he was joining the ownership group pushing to return the SuperSonics to Seattle. Now, Wilson has penned his feelings about doing so in The Players’ Tribune. In the article, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback says that, as a kid of the ’90s,..." November 16

  • James Harden: Thunder Now A One-Man Show

    Real GM Basketball "James Harden was asked about the state of the Oklahoma City Thunder this season following the departure of Kevin Durant, which came roughly a week after their trade of Serge Ibaka and almost four years after his own trade from the franchise. Without Durant to share shots with, Westbrook's usage..." November 16

  • The Changes to Expect in the NBA’s Upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement

    The Ringer "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association expect to finalize terms on a new collective bargaining agreement “just after Thanksgiving” or in “early December,” a source familiar with the negotiations told The Ringer. The source confirmed previously reported details of the new..." November 15

  • The Monstars are back just in time to celebrate Space Jam's 20th birthday

    USA Today "Way back on November 15, 1996, when Michael Jordan only had four titles, Space Jam released in theaters. Now, 20 years later, Jordan is a billionaire, and his company, Jordan Brand, has released a teaser for the anniversary campaign and fresh apparel to get everyone hyped about the 90s basketball..." November 15

  • Duncan, Leroux Announce Twitter NBA Show

    Real GM Basketball "A year and a half ago, the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast launched with invaluable support from RealGM so it feels appropriate to use this space to detail the new project Nate Duncan and I have been working on for a little while now that launches this week. A little while back, Twitter reached..." November 15

  • Backup center guides Pistons past Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Aron Baynes doesn't get too many opportunities to start. His coach doesn't want the rest of the NBA to figure out he's on par with most of the starting centers in the league. Making just his second start since joining the Detroit Pistons prior to last season, Baynes..." November 14

  • Ibaka leads Magic over Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Every professional athlete who has ever been traded wants to pummel their former team the next time they face off. They may not admit, but Orlando's Serge Ibaka is no different. After playing in Oklahoma City for seven years, Ibaka was jettisoned in the offseason when many around..." November 13

  • Clippers, Griffin clip Thunder, Westbrook

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Los Angeles Clippers' leading men have seen almost everything. Short of playing in the NBA finals, the combination of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and experienced high and lows together. Despite that, they still go through games where their trust in the..." November 12

  • Russ regrets gambling for go-ahead 3: 'I should've probably drove it'

    ESPN "When Domantas Sabonis inbounded the ball to Russell Westbrook with 11.5 seconds remaining and the Oklahoma City Thunder down two Friday night, there wasn't much wondering about what would happen next. It was just a question of what the result would be. Westbrook was always going to take a 3..." November 12

  • Blake Griffin brushes aside talk of OKC return in free agency

    ESPN "As the Clippers prepare to depart for Oklahoma City and try to avenge their lone loss of the season, Blake Griffin brushed aside notions that those close to him would be recruiting the star power forward to play for his hometown team after the season. "People that I talk to and my friends and..." November 10

  • Jalen Rose: NBA players will refuse to visit the White House during Trump’s presidency

    USA Today "The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to visit the White House on Thursday — the same day that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Donald Trump. It may also be the last time a full NBA championship team makes that trip for at least four years. During ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Wednesday,..." November 10

  • NBA announces plan for youth basketball academy in Australia

    USA Today "The NBA and Basketball Australia today announced their plan to launch NBA Global Academy — an elite youth basketball training center in Australia's capital city, Canberra. The academy, which will be at the Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport, will serve as a "global hub"..." November 10

  • Raptors hand Thunder their first home loss

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder came into their matchup with the Toronto Raptors carrying a reputation for stingy defense. In the first seven games of the year, Oklahoma City gave up more than 100 points in regulation only once. The Raptors didn't seem to care about the reputation. They went..." November 09

  • Thunder center Enes Kanter seeks jobs in Europe, China following Election Night results

    The Oklahoman "Thunder center Enes Kanter is outspoken about his politics. So when the results started rolling in on Election Night, Kanter – a Hillary Clinton supporter by the looks of his Twitter page – expressed his displeasure with the way the election was going. Republican Presidential nominee Donald..." November 09

  • Decoding Russell Westbrook

    The Ringer "Russell Westbrook doesn’t do a lot of talking about his work. This makes him an outlier among elite athletes. When asked to expound on the details of a game, Westbrook generally responds in a minimal monotone. The YouTube subgenre “Westbrook owns reporter” is a result of Russ being asked about..." November 08

  • Kanter leads Thunder past Heat

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- There are going to be nights when Russell Westbrook isn't superman. It doesn't happen often, but it does occur. When it happens, the Oklahoma City Thunder need other players to step up their game and carry the load. That was the case Monday night with the Thunder taking on..." November 07

  • Dion Waiters returns to OKC at peace with Thunder, decision to sign with Miami

    The Oklahoman "Dion Waiters rocked back on his heels for a moment before accelerating past Draymond Green. As Stephen Curry slid over to contest in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, Waiters easily rose up past him for a two-handed dunk. When Waiters landed, he pushed both arms skyward as the Chesapeake..." November 07

  • Enes Kanter Continues His Petty Shots at Kevin Durant

    Complex "Enes Kanter won't get over Kevin Durant leaving Oklahoma City for Oakland anytime soon. When the Thunder beat the Timberwolves in a victory on Saturday night 112-92, The Thunder center answered questions about how he views his teammate Russell Westbrook's leadership role on the squad. After..." November 06

  • Westbrook's 28 points pace Thunder past Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Besides Russell Westbrook, the biggest advantage the Oklahoma City Thunder have is the front line. The combination of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter is a package most teams are unable to deal with. However, the Thunder often fail to figure out how to use the two 7-footers..." November 05

  • Hasheem Thabeet Blames 'Outsiders' for Divide Between Durant and Westbrook

    The Undefeated "To no surprise, the leg room at his Oracle Arena seat was too tight to fit his 7-foot-3 frame for the showdown between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. So former Oklahoma City Thunder giant of a center Hasheem Thabeet watched the highly anticipated matchup from a lounge area inside the arena..." November 05

  • Durant pours in 39 as Warriors rout his former team

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors are starting to resemble their record-breaking 2015-16 edition. Even if there is one big reason they don't look the same. Newcomer Kevin Durant overwhelmed his former mates with a long-range shooting exhibition Thursday night, scoring 39..." November 04

  • Durant: I cared too much about the feelings of OKC fans, teammates

    The Undefeated "To no surprise, the leg room at his Oracle Arena seat was too tight to fit his 7-foot-3 frame for the showdown between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. So former Oklahoma City Thunder giant of a center Hasheem Thabeet watched the highly anticipated matchup from a lounge area inside the arena..." November 04

  • Russell Westbrook started a rivalry with Kevin Durant and the Warriors he can't win

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook made a statement before Thursday’s Thunder-Warriors game at Oracle Arena — a loud one. His highlighter orange official photographer vest was visible from miles away and was just the latest in the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard’s series of passive-aggressive shots at former..." November 04

  • Tracy McGrady Says Durant Would Crush Westbrook In 1-On-1 ... 'Not Even Fair!'

    TMZ "Strip away the superteam. Kevin Durant would still DOMINATE Russell Westbrook if they took it to the park ... that's according to Tracy McGrady. In the wake of Thursday night's Warrior-led ass-kicking, McGrady told TMZ Sports it would be even worse if the two ex-teammates went mano-a-mano. " November 04