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So … we can spend some time, and some paragraphs, on all the troubling things the Knicks put on display Monday night at Madison Square Garden. We can start with Carmelo Anthony a...(full article)

The 2016-17 NBA regular season is still in its infancy. We have little info on what teams are good and what teams are bad. The Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, San Anto...(full article)

You’d think the Mountaineer would do well in a snowstorm. He’s rugged and covered in clothing items that used to be fuzzy animals. But in a Morgantown snowstorm, Oklahoma wallo...(full article)

Last Thursday night, Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook—the most sartorially remarkable NBA player since Walt “Clyde” Frazier—walked into Oakland’s Oracle Arena ...(full article)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Russell Westbrook made a statement before Thursday’s Thunder-Warriors game at Oracle Arena — a loud one. His highlighter orange official photogr...(full article)

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Durant-Westbrook Reunion Is No Contest

Subplots – they’re the best thing ever, even when they have long ago passed their sell-by dates. So let us give you the next one: On January 18, when the Oklahoma City Westbroo...

Westbrook Freed to Unleash Total Chaos

In just one transaction, Russell Westbrook experienced both a devastating offseason and an outstanding one. Westbrook lost his MVP teammate Kevin Durant to his team's biggest rival...

Durant Takes Flak for Looking Out for No. 1

In the glass-box proscenium of the Nolan Ryan Building on Nike's Brussels-size campus outside Portland, Oregon, Kevin Durant is walking the sacred transept of Sneaker Paradiso: the...

"Why Not?" Is His Mantra - and Why Not?

Russell Westbrook can be stingy with his words, but lucky for us his facial expressions give like the Gateses. There's the face, meant for the opposing team's bench when he dunks o...

Strong Can Kiss His Texas Job Goodbye

Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma game was Charlie Strong’s 30th game in charge of the Longhorns program. Right or wrong, it was probably the game that sealed his fate in Austin. Stron...

Wearing Hate on Sleeves - or Elsewhere

The greatest accessory a coach has ever worn on a sideline was donned thanks to an act of God. "It was a deluge," former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer said of the storm that passed ...

Get Ready for a Westbrook Rampage

It is strange that the one thing standing between Russell Westbrook and near-universal adoration was Kevin Durant. Westbrook has been the most nitpicked superstar of the past decad...

OU Fine With Expansion, Not Candidates

Big 12 expansion never has been and never will be a decision based on the comparative values of 10 members vs. 12. To expand or not expand, that is not the question. Sinc...

Sooners-Buckeyes Spiciest on Slate

We now rejoin programming already in progress. A week after college football seemingly took a break -- saved only by the fantastically absurd finish in the Central Michigan-Oklahom...

Big 12 Football Decomposing Rapidly

Big 12 football stinks. I’m sorry. Was that the wrong tone to take? Was that wording not befitting what actually is taking place? I could change the vernacular. I could go softer...

Coaches Should Learn How to Game Rules

Cupcake Saturday played out mostly as expected, with lots of snoozers and routs. There were a few close calls, but every ranked team that were favored by double digits won - except...

C. Mich.'s Best Win Would Be to Give It Up

On the corner of Knoblock and Mathews, the southeast exterior of Gallagher-Iba Arena had turned into an impromptu Central Michigan pep rally Saturday. Players, parents and fans par...

Central Michigan Gets a Miracle

Oklahoma State thought it had escaped. The clock read zero, and the No. 22 Cowboys held a 27-24 advantage over Central Michigan. But the game was not, in fact, over. Even if it off...

Officials Should Give OK St. Win

The design of Central Michigan’s Hail Mary-plus-a-lateral to beat No. 22 Oklahoma State should be admired. Reminiscent of Boise State’s “Hook and Lateral” s...

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As soon as Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, much of the attention in Oklahoma City turned to the future of Russell Westbrook. ...

Best Place for Westbrook to Flourish

This offseason, the unthinkable happened. First, Serge Ibaka was traded away to Orlando for Victor Oladipo, a move many thought would get Kevin Durant to stay. But Durant shocked t...

Durant Did What Anyone Might Have

Last week, Kevin Durant became the first person in known history who was pressured to justify moving from Oklahoma to the Bay Area. Fortunately, all things must pass. Especially th...

Where Might Westbrook Wind Up?

Kevin Durant shocked the world and officially chose the Warriors this week, and we'll have a lifetime to debate that decision. But for now, there is a more pressing question that...

Westbrook Won't Feel the Love in OKC

When Kevin Durant announced he was joining the Golden State Warriors, he left an enormous, MVP-shaped hole in the state of Oklahoma. On Wednesday, I talked with Oklahoman sports co...

Irritation With Westbrook Drove Durant Out

A 27-year-old man, one of the best in the world at his profession, chose a new employer Monday. He framed the decision in terms that any ambitious young person would understand. In...

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Sam Presti faced reporters on Monday, and for a man who just had his title-contending team fall apart like a Jenga tower, the Thunder general manager was remarkably cool. He praise...

Myopic Durant a Big-Time Weasel

It’s true that Kevin Durant can do whatever he wants with his career and his life. But this is also true: We don’t have to care, or even watch. As long as we do, we’re entitl...

Durant Used Power to Get What He Wanted

Since the NBA's free agency period began on July 1, everywhere you turn, someone is yelling about how much money NBA players are making. Athletes are always being excoriated for ho...

Thunder Should Cut Losses, Deal Westbrook

The Oklahoma City Thunder have no choice. They have to do it. They have to trade Russell Westbrook as soon as possible.     Now that Kevin Durant is gone, there's almost no c...

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How Durant Made League-Altering Move

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Durant: Should He Stay or Should He Go?

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Lacob's Impossible Dream: LeBron, Durant

Joe Lacob’s Christmas is well under way, which is why he has decided to holiday in The Hamptons with his new best pal, Kevin Durant. Durant and the highest-placed Warriors are sc...

Why Shorter Deal Should Appeal to Durant

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With the obvious exception of Oklahoma City Thunder fans, everyone in their right mind ought to be rooting for Kevin Durant to join the Golden State Warriors. Not everybody will,...

Why the Thunder Traded Ibaka

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Thunder's Memo to Durant: We Mean Business

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College World Series a Rich Experience

Cowboys pitcher Tyler Buffett had never met Warren Buffett, a cousin of his grandfather George Buffett. Yet with the business magnate residing in Omaha, Tyler figured if OSU c...

Time Is Ripe for Durant to Join Warriors

Kevin Durant doesn’t exactly sound like a guy who is seriously considering New York as a free-agent destination. This is what happens when you win just one playoff series in 16 y...

Hield Could Become the Next Ray Allen

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If You Can't Beat Warriors, Join 'Em

CLEVELAND – The Golden State Warriors could pull off a rare feat this summer; capturing a second straight NBA title and signing the best free agent on the market. It seems al...

Celts Have Necessities to Lure Durant

Danny Ainge’s obsession with Kevin Durant goes far beyond this offseason. His burning desire to see Durant in green and white dates back almost a decade when he sat next to Wand...

Warriors Wonder if They Even Need Durant

Even as the Warriors advanced over the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games to the NBA Finals, and as they take a 2-0 series lead in search of their repeat championships,...

Thunderclouds Around Durant's Future

The Thunder are out of the playoffs, but Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant isn't about to become an afterthought. The Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes have unofficially begun.  ...

We Can Only Wonder About the Thunder

Over 82 games, the Oklahoma City Thunder told us who they were. They were a team with an elite offense—second-best in the league, behind only the historic Golden State Warrio...

Why Durant Should Stay in Oklahoma City

The case for Oklahoma City is simple: Kevin Durant can make more money by staying (the N.B.A.’s collective bargaining agreement rewards loyalty), and the Thunder are an excel...

Curry, Warriors Ensure Finals Rematch

The Golden State Warriors are going back to the NBA Finals. Stephen Currycaught fire, and the Warriors dominated the second half against the Oklahoma City ...

Thunder Let Season Slip Through Hands

The confetti was beginning to make its way from the ceiling to the floor, and Kevin Durant untucked his jersey and tapped his chest, pointing to his family in the crowd. ...

He's Warriors' Best in Warriors' Best

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James-Durant Rivalry Just Beginning

For years, the LeBron/Kobe rivalry was the most compelling one in basketball, but we never truly got to see it play out on the court. Sure, their teams would play each other twic...

How Thunder Can Still Win Title

Kevin Durant, fourth-quarter Superman. After Game 1, it looked as though Durant might well have the best-player-in-the-league torch passed to him. Durant scored 36 points in tha...

Despite Odds, Thunder Believe

A 3-1 series hole hung over the Thunder's head like the blanket of clouds that have swept in and stolen South Beach's scenic nature the past two days. History says this team is ...

LeBron's Performance Flawless

LeBron James was flawless. If James was playing quarterback, he would have had a near perfect rating. If he was a pitcher, he would have tossed a complete one-hitter. In a word, ...

Chalmers Makes Thunder Pay

In the two previous NBA Finals games, Kevin Durant ran into some serious foul which was not exactly high on the Thunder’s wish list. So last night, Oklahoma City tried keep...

Harden Has Another Rough Night

In the Thunder's 104-98 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, Harden shot just 2 for 10 from the field, 1 for 5 from 3-point range, had four turno...

Heat Tougher, More Resourceful

Dwyane Wade landed on his tailbone. Given Wade’s vertical leap, it’s a long way down to the hardwood. He grimaced, clutched his lower back, rolled on the floor. It didn...

Heat 1 Win From Championship

LeBron James was accused of taking the easy way to his breakthrough championship, but the last two years have been anything but easy. He was five minutes and 49 seconds away from...

Going Small Working for Miami

It was a simple defensive switch -- the kind of defensive strategy that would have been considered a concession and a mistake in old-school Miami Heat thinking -- and it left Dwy...

OKC Must Overcome Doubt

It's come this far by coming back — from an 0-2 series hole in San Antonio, from double-digit deficits almost nightly throughout the playoffs. But this is unchartered terr...

Thunder Can't Match Heat Resolve

The championship is waiting for LeBron James now, within his grasp, a confluence borne of configuring his mind and body with the scattered state of these Oklahoma City Thunder. H...

Westbrook Not to Blame for Loss

After the Oklahoma City Thunder’s loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2, many people are placing the blame on Russell Westbrook. Westbrook took the most shots of anyone in the gam...

Perkins Not Made for These Finals

When the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Jeff Green for Kendrick Perkins in February 2011, the main draws were post defense and championship experience. Perk had helped the Boston C...

Controversial Non-Call the Right Call

“No question that’s a foul.” Those were ABC broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy’s final words on Thursday night’s broadcast, and the foul/non-foul will be sho...

Heat Still Have Cause for Concern

They won. If you’re the Heat, you can just pack your bags, board the team charter and take the NBA Finals back to Miami, knowing that the series is now even after your 100-...

LeBron Gets Best of Durant in 4th

Kevin Durant got the ball in scoring position, with the game in the balance, and suddenly all was right in Thunderworld. The Thunder had played cruddy for 3 1/2 quarters Thursday n...

Wade, Bosh Fail to Deliver

Kevin Durant, as so often is the case, knows the right thing to say. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward is not foolish enough to come into these NBA Finals and publicly contemplat...

Heat Stars Fade in 4th Quarter Again

Kevin Durant was the best player on the court. In the first of what will undoubtedly be many NBA Finals games in his career, Kevin Durant settled the Thunder at the beginning and...

Durant Outplays LeBron in Game 1

They are the two most explosive players in the game offensively, but it was the differing approaches at the less glamorous end of the floor that defined Kevin Durant and LeBron J...

Which Is Best Matchup for Thunder?

The Heat  have gotten by on the extraordinary talents of two players, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade -- and not necessarily in that order. The Celtics, meanwhile, continue to ...

Thunder 'Hollywood Script' Continues

Down 2-0 in the series, down 18 points in the first quarter, down 15 points at halftime, the Thunder continued to write a remarkable story. The Thunder rallied to beat the San A...

Spurs Embrace Challenge Ahead

So this was the moment the Spurs had been waiting for. Down 13 points to Oklahoma City, with little more than five minutes to play in a pivotal Game 5 of the Western Conference fi...

Can Anyone Stop the Thunder?

Here’s how good the Thunder are: Their offense went through the late-game yips again in their Game 5 win against the Spurs, with Russell Westbrook authoring perhaps the sin...

Spurs' Streak Gone, Series On

The longest winning streak in franchise history was still warm Thursday, having been euthanized moments earlier in a brutal 102-82 loss to Oklahoma City in Game 3 of the Western ...

Spurs' Invincibility Disappears

The Spurs hadn't lost since April 11, had lost only twice in 33 games since March 21, and now all they have to show for it is a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. San A...

Game 3 Telling Moment for Thunder

Tiago Splitter was intentionally fouled away from the ball by Oklahoma City's Kendrick Perkins, then again 14 seconds later by Perkins, then again nine seconds later by Nick Coll...

Thunder Can't Stop Spurs' Parker

The San Antonio Spurs are up 2-0 in the Western Conference finals, but they nearly lost because they got away from what was working so well for them. It's obvious that Oklahoma C...

Do Thunder Have Any Hope?

The Thunder had a plan for defending the Spurs’ deadly pick-and-roll attack, and the plan has failed miserably. That leaves two options: 1. Be better at the plan. 2. Change ...

Thunder Hope to Emulate Spurs

Greater San Antonio has 2.194 million residents. Little bit bigger than Sacramento, almost as big as Portland. Oklahoma City's television market ranks 45th in America, just ahead ...

Youthful Thunder Ready to Test Spurs

How the Thunder can win They must simply overwhelm the Spurs with their superior speed, and quickness, as well as their considerable edge in overall talent. Kevin Durant's high-...

Gritty, Satisfying Win for Thunder

Want to know what frustration looks like? His reaction after the Lakers missed their last shot to save themselves from a late-game, road-playoff collapse said it all. Thunder 77,...

Paul, Clippers Finish Off Thunder

The media had formed a semi-circle around an exhausted-looking Chris Paul sitting inside theClippers' locker room, the group waiting for the All-Star guard to explain how...

Heat Get Revenge on Thunder

If the Heat and Thunder meet again this season, it won’t be until the NBA Finals. And what an epic series that would be. It’s going to be hard to wait until June. Less ...

Cavs Snap Thunder's Home Streak

This is why the Thunder's veterans have preached consistency. They knew that, sooner or later, the good fortune wouldn't be there for them in the fourth quarter. They knew that, ...

Short-Handed Hawks Top Thunder

How did the short-handed Hawks measure up against the NBA’s best? Just fine, thank you. The Hawks won 97-90 over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who entered the game with the top...

Thunder Blow Lead, Fall to Kings

The Sacramento Kings closed out the game with a 19-6 scoring spurt to post a 106-101 victory before a sellout crowd of 17,317 at Power Balance Pavilion. The scrappy Kings were ...

Ibaka Helps Thunder Beat Mavs

After a five-game playoff series last year, two preseason games to start this season and two more early regular season contests against the Dallas Mavericks, forward Serge Ibaka o...

Wizards Hand Thunder 3rd Loss

Jordan Crawford tossed the ball skyward from near halfcourt and John Wall soared to catch it and dunked with two hands. Wall swung on the rim, let out a guttural scream and viol...

5 Challengers for Next Season

1) Miami Heat You didn't really think they'd just go away, did you? Now that they couldn't cruise through the express lane at the check-out counter to buy a championship, the Hea...

Mavs Heading to NBA Finals

Five years, time that neither Dirk Nowitzki nor Jason Terry can ever get back. Five long years it’s taken for them to get back to the NBA Finals. The opportunity to avenge th...

Thunder Not Mature Enough

Maybe there will come a time years from now when they'll look back on it as a notch on the kitchen wall, providing tangible proof of how much they've grown. Or they'll wear it li...

Mavs' Time to Win Is Now

The Dallas Mavericks do not need external influences to create a sense of urgency. Their nine-man rotation, led by a gray-haired, all-time-great point guard, has a combined 103 sea...

Sensational Nowitzki Rescues Mavs

So if that miracle comeback in LA three weeks ago was the Dallas Mavericks' ticket-to-ride in these playoffs, then this one was ... what? Maybe after three decades of various pos...

Mean Streak Good for Thunder

Both Durant and Scotty Brooks called it their favorite dunks ever. ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy called it the NBA's play of the year. Mark Jackson called it one of the five best playoff ...

Westbrook 'Good' With Benching

At crunch time in Game 2 on Thursday night, he was missing in action. Despite logging 0:00 in the final quarter, Westbrook insisted he couldn't have been happier after the Oklahom...

Bench Helps Thunder Even Series

The Oklahoma City Thunder stole homecourt advantage with a 106-100 win in Game 2 of this Western Conference Finals, stunning a sold out American Airlines Center crowd before headi...

Randolph, Grizzlies Force Game 7

There will be a Game 7. Zach Randolph made sure of it by bringing lightning with a 30-point, 13-rebound performance in the Grizzlies’ 95-83 victory over the Oklahoma City Thu...

Last Stand for Grizzlies

The last drive to the arena. The last national anthem. The last home game of this magical, improbable year. Shane Battier is a free agent after this season. It could be the last t...

Thunder Throttle Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies never stood a chance. Oklahoma City cruised to a 99-72 cakewalk in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead over the Grizzlies. The Thunder is now just one win awa...

Harden Is Thunder's X-Factor

While other players scored more, shot better from the field or secured more highlight-reel plays, Harden was simply solid. And it's his play that has proven to be the biggest ke...

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