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NBA Post-Lottery Mock Draft: Who Should the Thunder Select?

THUNDER LOTTERY SPOT NUMBER FOURTEEN Now that the lottery has concluded, analysts and NBA executives have a better idea of which prospect will be selected where.  With that in mind, TopSportsReport decided to run an NBA Mock Draft today. Find out who Gavin Felix projects to join Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as the newest member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. NBA Mock Draft...
Via TopSportsReport
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brooks to pass on Nuggets

  According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!Sports.com, former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks plans to step away from coaching for a year and will therefore no longer be in the running for the Denver Nuggets’ current head-coaching vacancy. Per Wojnarowki: Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks plans to pass on interview chances with the Denver Nuggets...
Via BSN Denver
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Scott Brooks passing on interviews; likely sitting out coaching in 2015

Former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks does not appear to be in the mix for a new job in the 2015 season. Brooks was fired by the Thunder at the end of this regular season after being their coach since 2008 and having a 338-207 record. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on Wednesday that […]
Via Full Scale Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant is not at a 'weight-bearing stage' in his recovery

The Oklahoma City Thunder, and the entire NBA for that matter, are anxiously awaiting Kevin Durant's return to the court. They'll have to wait a while longer, as Durant is still slowly traveling on the road to recovery, according to Sam Presti via the Oklahoman."'We’re not at a weight-bearing stage, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: The Perfect Offseason

  (March 15, 2015 – Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America) By Myles Stedman: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… The Curious Case of the Oklahoma City Thunder; it’s almost as perplexing and interesting as Benjamin Buttons’, but unlike the film, this is all a crazy reality for the fans of OKC. The men from Tornado Alley have had some rough luck over the past few years...
Via HoopStuff
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook gives great response to question by Heather Cox (Video)

The Lakers were definitely one of the winner’s of Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery, leaving the New York Hilton Midtown with the second overall pick. Russell Westbrook was also the subject of conversation afterward, for his response to a question asked by Heather Cox. Westbrook was at the lottery representing the Thunder. Prior to the draft...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder G Westbrook wins NBA Cares award

NEW YORK (AP) Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been named winner of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award. The league announced the honor Tuesday. After receiving a new car for being named the All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook donated the automobile to Kerstin Gonzalez, a single mother of two. During the 2014-15 season, Westbrook's Why Not? Foundation opened new...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: Coaching Staff Update

Head Coach Billy Donovan The new head coach in town, Billy Donovan has already filled three spots on his coaching roster, two of which have been filled by Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic who were already assistants in Oklahoma City. The third assistant coach is former head coach of Alabama—Anthony Grant. Donovan has narrowed down his list to a few potential picks that he will...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson really wants to dunk on Serge Ibaka

You can say this much for NBA draft prospect Ronade Hollis-Jefferson: he's certainly not shy about his abilities. At the draft combine, the high-flying Hollis-Jefferson was asked who he most wanted to dunk on when he got to the NBA. In response, the NBA hopeful reached for the stars."Serge Ibaka," he said. "Serge, I'm coming for you, baby (laughs)."That's some major chutzpah from...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Wants To Dunk On Serge Ibaka, Who Is “Waiting For (Him)”

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had plenty of highlights for Arizona, and he’s looking to take his high-flying game to the NBA. When asked about which current pro he wants to dunk on, Hollis-Jefferson didn’t waste time in giving an answer. “I don’t know if I should say this, because he might be, like, looking for me if I come down the paint,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “But I know...
Via College Spun
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook best offense highlights from 2014-15 regular season

Although the Oklahoma City Thunder didn’t make the playoffs this season, Thunder star Russell Westbrook put together an amazing regular season to remember. Westbrook finished the season with eleven triple-doubles while leading the league in scoring with an impressive 28.1 points per game for the first time in his career. For some of Westbrook’s best offense highlights from this...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: With the 14th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft…

Devin Booker could be the one With the New Orleans Pelicans defeating the San Antonio Spurs on the last evening of the 2014-15 NBA regular season, the Oklahoma City Thunder found themselves eliminated from the playoffs, as well as in the NBA Draft Lottery. While the odds of the Thunder receiving a top 3 pick is under 2%, the probability is still alive. As Thunder fans, we will be...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: The new boss on the sideline

New Head Coach Billy Donovan Finishing with the ninth overall seed in the West and being relegated from the playoffs during the 2014-15 NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder took it upon themselves to make some changes with regards to staff. Shortly after the conclusion of the regular season, Head Coach Scott Brooks was let go of his duties towards the Thunder and not long after...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Durant ‘excited’ by Donovan hire: ‘I can’t wait to get started’

Kevin Durant came out and publicly supported the hiring of Billy Donovan to replace Scott Brooks as the Oklahoma City Thunder’s next head coach, saying that the team is “excited” and that he personally “can’t wait to get started.” Donovan was named the Thunder’s new head coach on Thursday and is expected to be formally...Read More The post Kevin Durant ‘excited...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
21 days ago  |  Discuss

John Calipari reportedly drove Billy Donovan to NBA

The recent dominance and run of success for John Calipari at Kentucky helped push Billy Donovan to the NBA, according to a report. Donovan, 49, coached at Florida from 1996 through 2015 before accepting the head coaching job with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week. Though Donovan won two national championships at Florida (2006 and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Donovan's supremely difficult balancing act with Thunder

The most essential difference between coaching in the pros and coaching in college is — and always has been — a very simple one: The colleges are a coach’s game, while the pros are about the players. As great as Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson might be — and they’re both as good as we’ve seen in professional basketball, up there in the top reaches of the pantheon with...
Via Crossover Chronicles
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Donovan likely to be named Thunder coach

Billy Donovan to the NBA is apparently happening.  According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the 49-year-old Florida coach is “nearing an agreement” with the Oklahoma City Thunder. An announcement of his hiring is likely to happen on Thursday or Friday, Stein says. Stein reports “only an unforeseen collapse” will prevent the deal from happening.  Donovan has been at Florida since...
Via College Spun
22 days ago  |  Discuss

UConn’s Kevin Ollie removes self from Thunder consideration

Kevin Ollie does not want to be a distraction for his team. According to the latest report, the Connecticut Huskies head coach is set to remain with the team rather than making the jump to the NBA to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder. The news comes from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. UConn’s Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for the OKC head coaching position, sources...
Via Campus Sports Net
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant posts statement online about Scott Brooks firing

Kevin Durant posted a note on Instagram Wednesday in which he expressed his feelings about the Oklahoma City Thunder’s firing of coach Scott Brooks. Though Durant said he supported the team’s decision to make the move, he acknowledged how difficult it is. “Today was tough for me. While I support our team’s decision 100 percent...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder fire Scott Brooks

Coming off an injury-plagued 2014-2015 season that saw his Oklahoma City Thunder miss the playoffs altogether, it’s being reported that head coach Scott Brooks has been fired. Yahoo Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Thunder general manager Sam Presti met with Brooks in California on Wednesday to deliver the news to the now-former Thunder head coach. Brooks...
Via Sportsnaut
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

UConn Head Coach Kevin Ollie Issues Statement Regarding NBA Rumors

UConn coach Kevin Ollie may have signed a five-year contract extension with the school back in May of 2014, but that hasn’t stopped reporters from speculating that he might leave for the NBA someday soon. Earlier this week, SNY’s Adam Zagoria reported that Ollie, who once played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was being “seriously considered” for the job, should current head...
Via College Spun
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder Interested In Kevin Ollie

A high profile college coach may be headed to the NBA. According to SNY’s Adam Zagoria, the Oklahoma City Thunder are exploring the possibility of firing current head coach Scott Brooks and replacing him with Connecticut Huskies coach Kevin Ollie after missing the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Since taking over for Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun in 2012, Ollie has gone...
Via Campus Sports Net
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Donovan a 'serious candidate' for Thunder job

On the heels of one of the most momentous closing nights of an NBA regular season within memory, a rather large rumor bomb dropped on the internet...
Via Athlon Sports
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA to suspend Russell Westbrook for critical game

The Oklahoma City Thunder are fighting for their postseason lives, and a 116-104 loss to the Indiana Pacers certainly didn’t help. However, OKC lost something for Monday night’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers that is perhaps more important: Russell Westbrook. The point guard racked up a career-best 54 points to go with nine rebounds and eight assists, but he also...
Via Sportsnaut
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook's awesome act of kindness

Every once in a while, an athlete surprises the masses by showing a level of altruism that isn’t widespread in the world today. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook did just this on Monday—one day after putting up yet another triple-double in what has been a MVP-caliber season. But it was off the court that Westbrook showed he was a true MVP. Russell Westbrook brings...
Via Sportsnaut
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss
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