OKC Thunder: How Domantas Sabonis' basketball education prepared him for a prominent role as a Thunder rookie

By Brett Dawson Staff Writer bdawson@oklahoman.comDomantas Sabonis got knocked around. A lot. He was 15 years old the first time Unicaja Malaga, the club for which he played basketball in Spain, elevated him to practice with its first team, a EuroLeague club with a roster of grown-up pros. Two years later, Sabonis was on its regular roster.
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Thunder Journal: Victor Oladipo taking point guard pointers from Russell Westbrook

By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.comCameron Payne's foot fracture puts Victor Oladipo in a unique position, one the 24-year-old guard is familiar with. Oladipo, Ronnie Price, and Semaj Christon have run the Thunder offense this preseason with Russell Westbrook out of the game.
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5 hours ago

PHOTOS: Russell Westbrook, Thunder players dress up for Halloween

Erik HorneIt's late October, which means Thunder players are getting dressed up yet again for Nick Collison's annual birthday/Halloween party. As usual, Russell Westbrook didn't disappoint. Carrying on his tradition of wearing tremendous wigs, Westbrook dressed up as Joe Dirt from the movie of the same name, complete with mullet wig, mop and sleeveless plaid shirt. Westbrook knows the movie.
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14 hours ago

The “Thunder Way”

Sam Presti has taken the lessons of another successful franchise to build the Thunder, but it’s not the franchise you think. Kevin Durant. James Harden. Serge Ibaka. Reggie Jackson. All groomed by the Oklahoma City Thunder. All continuing their basketball careers elsewhere. The Thunder’s front office was built on the strength of general manager Sam Presti. Presti was plucked...
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Oladipo "Very Excited" For New Start with Thunder

By Randy Renner, Senior WriterVictor Oladipo can’t wait to get the season started.“I’m very excited...I’m anxious; everything you can imagine that’s what I am,” he told reporters after Thunder practice Friday afternoon. “I’m just lookin’ forward to the new start, a fresh new look and everything, it’s gonna be fun.”So far it hasn’t been quite as much fun as...
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Russell Westbrook, Thunder prepare for life without Kevin Durant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Maybe life after Kevin Durant won't be so bad for the Thunder.After the longtime face of the franchise left for Golden State, crestfallen Oklahoma City fans were worried it was just a matter of time before the team's co-star, Russell Westbrook, would follow suit. In a move that shocked many, Westbrook re-signed with Oklahoma City. The former scoring champion...
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Thirty Futures: Oklahoma City Thunder

Russell Westbrook doesn't need to be defended anymore. Charles Barkley makes fun of his outfits sometimes, but when you show up to games dressed like Thomas Pynchon's idea of a drug dealer-Zontay Smurfblood, purest heroin this side of the Pacific, or at least La Brea-you're going to catch some ribbing. Any lingering, slightly aggrieved Russ advocacy has the air of passe martyrdom...
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Box Score 10/20: Dwyer, Lindor, Towns and Burfict

Good morning and welcome to the YB Box Score, what we're reading while we wait for Game Five of the WNBA Finals. (Watching the shell of the Bears take on the Packers above this finale is madness.) Happy birthday to Keith Hernandez and Eddie Jones. In this date in 1943 the Kansas City Monarchs bested the Hilldale Athletic Club in Game 10 of the first Negro League World Series, and...
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Thunder Waives Reggie Williams

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Jerry West on Kevin Durant criticism: ‘It’s disgusting’

It’s safe to say that NBA legend and Golden State Warriors executive Jerry West doesn’t appreciate the criticism Kevin Durant is facing for joining Golden State. “There were all kinds of players that signed contracts, and we were the ones who got criticized for it when I thought it was justly unfair not only to the Warriors, but more importantly to Kevin,” West said,...
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Durant: Westbrook and I were nothing more than 'work friends'

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were never best friends during their time together as teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder. We know this for certain now because Durant has admitted it. In a wide-ranging interview with Paul Solotaroff of Rolling Stone, Durant opened up about his relationship with Westbrook and how the two were never more than “work friends.” “We had...
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Limited Upside Podcast: Reliving the Thunder offseason and previewing the season with SB Nation’s Mike Prada

SB Nation’s Mike Prada welcomes two guests from WTLC as part of his team-by-team series of season previews/offseason reviews. Yes, Kevin Duran’s name comes up. When Kevin Durant announced his decision on the morning of July 4th, I called Marina Mangiaracina (our co-lead editor) that same afternoon and we tried to digest our emotions. I’ve done 40 episodes of the Loud Noises...
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3 days ago

Westbrook, Adams power Thunder past Timberwolves 112-94

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Russell Westbrook's fans finally got to show their appreciation for his loyalty to the Thunder. Westbrook had 26 points and 10 assists to help Oklahoma City beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-94 on Sunday night. It was Oklahoma City's first home preseason game after opening with two games in Spain, then playing in Dallas and Tulsa. Oklahoma City's crowd cheered...
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WATCH: Russell Westbrook gets into skirmish with Marc Gasol

Russell Westbrook appears to be in midseason form when it comes to his no-holds-barred, aggressive and hyper-competitive on-court demeanor. One needn’t look any further than how the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar mixed it up with Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol during Thursday’s exhibition tilt. The two appeared to run into each other while making their way back down the...
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Westbrook on Durant’s 'selfless' Warriors talk: ‘That’s cute’

Russell Westbrook is still trying to make it clear to the media he doesn’t plan on talking about Kevin Durant all season long. And perhaps the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar made his strongest case yet on Thursday by sarcastically reacting to some comments from Durant. Durant recently spoke at length about how the Golden State Warriors are a lot like a family. This would seem...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Can Victor Oladipo Make the Leap in Oklahoma City?

Can Victor Oladipo take a step forward as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder? One of the pleasant surprises of the 2016 offseason was the Orlando Magic trading Victor Oladipo. The second overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, Oladipo’s career was seen as up and down, even in the last season. Once viewed as the point guard of the future, Oladipo shuffled back to the shooting guard...
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Sixers hoping Joel Embiid is ready for 20-24 minutes by opening night

"The Process" continues to make progress. Sixers head coach Brett Brown said on Monday that he wants to have center Joel Embiid, who has been capped at a 12-minute-per-game limit so far this preseason, ready for 20 to 24 minutes by opening night, per Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News. Brown says Embiid still at 12 minute restriction, wants to have him ready for 20 to...
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Westbrook: European offenses '10 times better' than NBA

Russell Westbrook thinks that NBA offenses have some catching up to do relative to their European brethren. After his Oklahoma City Thunder recently completed a pair of preseason games in Europe against Spanish basketball clubs, Westbrook expressed his belief that offenses here pale in comparison to offenses overseas. “I think one thing people don’t realized is guarding teams...
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Thunders’ Cameron Payne suffers fracture in foot during scrimmage

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Thursday that point guard Cameron Payne has an acute fracture in his right foot, which he suffered earlier this week during a team scrimmage. A timetable for Payne’s return is currently unknown. Payne had surgery in late July on his right foot to repair a stress fracture. While the injury from Tuesday is on the same bone, the team said the...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

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