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Sam Presti Compares Rising Cap To Famous Line From 'Chinatown'

The NBA's new television contract will increase the salary cap by approximately $20 million for the 16-17 season, which will make it more difficult for the Oklahoma City Thunder to retain Kevin Durant. Teams will have additional cap space without the type of sacrifice that was seen leading up to the 2010 free agency. Sam Presti was asked how he feels about the economic shift during...
Via RealGM
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Takeaways from the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first preseason game

Oct 7, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a layup over Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (23) in the first half at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports With a landslide victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Oklahoma City Thunder look to be returning to their old selves once again. Plagued...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Durant scores 13 as Thunder beat Fenerbahce Ulker 111-81

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Kevin Durant scored 13 points in his first home game since February, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat Fenerbahce Ulker (Turkey) 111-81 in preseason action Friday night. Durant, who missed most of last season with a broken right foot, was 6-of-10 shooting with five assists and four rebounds in 22 minutes. THUNDER: Steven Adams started at center after sitting...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Westbrook on being a veteran: 'S***, I'm young. I ain't old'

The media just can't win when dealing with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. No matter what they say or do, it's going to annoy the Thunder's surly superstar.The latest example: After torching 19-year-old Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Tyus Jones on Wednesday night, Westbrook was asked what it was like for him to face older veterans when he was a 20-year-old rookie....
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Serge Ibaka makes nice block on Zach LaVine slam dunk

If the Oklahoma City Thunder are going make it back to the Finals this upcoming season, they will definitely need a contribution from forward Serge Ibaka. During tonight’s Thunder-Timberwolves preseason game, Ibaka was able to make a nice defensive play with an incredible block on a Zach LaVine dunk attempt: Serge Ibaka, everybody! *** Ibaka blocks LaVine [Thunder Obsessed]...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Thunder have four ongoing positional battles

Heading into the 2015-16 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have four positional battles that new head coach Billy Donovan has to figure out. The battles: starting shooting guard (Andre Roberson vs. Anthony Morrow vs. Dion Waiters), starting center (Steven Adams vs. Enes Kanter), fourth big man (Mitch McGary vs. Nick Collison) and backup point guard (D.J. Augustin vs. Cameron Payne...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Thunder starters need to stay healthy this year

For the last few years, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been on a short list of legitimate contenders to capture the NBA title. Surprisingly, it hasn't happened.   Back in 2012 the Thunder went on a convincing Western Conference championship run, methodically taking out the defending champion Dallas Mavericks (4-0), the Los Angeles Lakers (4-2) and the San Antonio Spurs (4-1)....
Via The Sports Quotient
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen A. Smith goes all Tony Soprano on Kevin Durant (VIDEO)

When Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant strongly denied a Stephen A. Smith report that he was considering a move to the Los Angeles Lakers, tensions between the two heated up over the weekend. And Smith fired back on Monday morning, telling Durant “you don’t want to make an enemy out of me.” In a somewhat fascinating segment on ESPN First Take, Smith hijacked...
Via The Other Paper
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Donovan Preferring Adams, Roberson In Starting Lineup Over Kanter, Waiters

Billy Donovan is preferring Andre Roberson and Steven Adams in the Oklahoma City Thunder starting lineup, joining Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. The Thunder matched a four-year, $70 million offer sheet in the offseason signed by Enes Kanter. Dion Waiters also figures to play significant minutes on the wing.
Via RealGM
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen A. Smith threatens Kevin Durant on 'First Take'

Go ahead and mark October 5th, 2015 as the date ESPN officially turned into WWE. For all of the insanity that First Take has produced over the years, the following is maybe the most surreal moment from the worst sports show of all-time. Stephen A. Smith and Kevin Durant have been feuding in the last few days.  To catch you up, it started when SAS reported that Durant was considering...
Via Awful Announcing
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant calls Lakers free agency rumors a lie

The impending free agency of Kevin Durant took an intriguing turn when ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith said the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar considers the Los Angeles Lakers a top destination. However, according to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman, Durant said the rumors Smith shared are a lie. Kevin Durant on the Lakers rumors: "I don't talk to Stephen A Smith at all. No one in...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA season preview: Oklahoma City Thunder

Over the next month, we will be previewing every team in the NBA. Here's the next installment of our series on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Notable Acquisitions: Cameron Payne (Draft) Notable Departures: None Temperature Check: After an injury-filled, nightmare of a season saw them on the outside looking in come playoff time, the Thunder are looking to bounce back in a big way...
Via RealGM - NBA
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ibaka's return should boost Thunder defense

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Much of the buzz around the Oklahoma City Thunder has been about Kevin Durant's return. Serge Ibaka's comeback is nearly as important. The three-time member of the All-Defense first team and two-time league blocks leader missed the final month last season while recovering from knee surgery and, without him, Oklahoma City's defense tanked. In 64 games with Ibaka...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder unveil new alternate uniforms taken from According to on Friday September 25th the Oklahoma City Thunder unveiled a new alternate jersey the team will be wearing eighteen times this upcoming 2015-16 season. We will first witness the team sporting these new sunset-orange alternate uniforms on November...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant is at today’s Texas-Oklahoma State game

Texas is 1-2 so far this season and could really use a victory over No. 24 Oklahoma State today at home. One Longhorn who is at the game and hoping for a win is NBA superstar Kevin Durant.  The Oklahoma City Thunder star, who excelled in his lone season in Austin before embarking on his professional career, is on the sideline this afternoon.  Kevin Durant in the house for today...
Via College Spun
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Offensive Development Of Serge Ibaka

Sam Presti and the SuperSonics organization took a huge gamble when they selected Serge Ibaka with the 24th pick in the 2008 NBA draft. Despite freakish athleticism for a 6’10 power forward, some experts criticized the Congolese big man for his lack of fundamentals. Words like “raw,” “unpolished,” and “unaware” followed Ibaka to draft night. Luckily, Presti and his...
Via The Sports Quotient
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook admits he was gunning for Michael Jordan's Triple Double Record

Russell Westbrook is living The American Dream. The Oklahoma City Thunder had one of the more tumultuous campaigns I can remember in recent history, as injuries and trades made for an anti-climatic finish for a team many pegged to be playing basketball in June. Yet, here’s Westbrook, a man whose name became synonymous with triple-doubles (the Thunder guard became the first NBA...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook showcases ‘unique’ sense of style in collection (pics)

If you are a fashion forward individual with a unique sense of style — say, quasi-transparent shirts featuring mesh-like material across the chest and abdomen that showcases a man’s nipples appeals to your tastes — then Russell Westbrook’s new collection for Barney’s is right up your alley. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar, renowned for his unmistakably individualistic...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Has Steven Adams Lived Up To The Hype?

On July 27, 2013, the Oklahoma City Thunder selected Steven Adams with the 12th overall pick. Adams was a big investment for OKC, who acquired the lottery pick from Houston as a part of the James Harden trade.Two seasons later, Adams has become the Thunder's starting center, thanks to quality rim protection and a sharp competitive edge. Let's take a look at whether or not Adams...
Via The Sports Quotient
September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

PHOTO: Enes Kanter dwarfed by world’s tallest man

Enes Kanter made headlines this summer when he inked a $70 million four-year contract with Oklahoma City.   However, if OKC was really looking for some “Turkish Thunder” to protect the rim, they may have been better off scouting Sultan Kosem, who, at 8’3″, just happens to be the world’s tallest man.  Here’s a recently taken picture of Enes and his fellow countryman...
Via The Sports Daily
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Russell Westbrook rocks out at Taylor Swift concert

Russell Wilson is a huge Taylor Swift fan, apparently. The Oklahoma City Thunder star was in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to see her in concert, and it’s clear that he’s not just a casual fan. As evidenced by the video he posted to Instagram, Westbrook knows all the words to her songs. Check out him rocking out to “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” ...
Via The Sports Daily
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

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