The Thunder Hold A Tight Grip On Their Players' Media Availability

Russell Westbrook doesn't necessarily care for the media, and he doesn't try to hide that. He and Oklahoman reporter Berry Tramel had a tense exchange in January, with the Thunder point guard outright saying he didn't like Tramel. Grantland's Bryan Curtis looked into the media-team relationship in Oklahoma City and… » 3/20/15 4:15pm 3/20/15 4:15pm

Kevin Durant Out Indefinitely With Persistent Foot Soreness

Thunder GM Sam Presti held a press conference today to announce that his team is super boned. Well, he didn't say that specifically, but that's about all there is to be gleaned from his announcement that Kevin Durant, who was supposedly close to returning to the team after missing the last 13 games with a foot injury,… » 3/20/15 1:02pm 3/20/15 1:02pm

Russell Westbrook Got a "Triple-Double" Last Night On This "Rebound" 

If you were scoring the play above, you would give a missed three-point attempt to Oklahoma City's DJ Augustin and a rebound to Minnesota's Justin Hamilton, right? If so, you could never get a job as Oklahoma City's official scorekeeper. Here is how they scored the play: » 3/14/15 11:07am 3/14/15 11:07am

Chris Paul Will Help You Clown Yourself

Last night, in Oklahoma City, Chris Paul turned the Thunder into a Swiffer. Attach all the necessary caveats to that, of course—it's just one game; the Thunder were without Kevin Durant and the helpful version of Serge Ibaka who used to exist before somebody decided he needed to become Walt Williams; Russell… » 3/12/15 2:55pm 3/12/15 2:55pm

Russell Westbrook Owns The NBA

There was a full slate of NBA games on last night, featuring enough close games and superstar performances to keep anyone with a League Pass subscription fumbling with the remote. But the best game of the evening featured a 13-48 squad in the middle of an unprecedented tanking campaign and a Western Conference playoff… » 3/05/15 9:22am 3/05/15 9:22am

Russell Westbrook Is Back To Soaring Past Hapless Defenders To Dunk

After missing Sunday's game against the Lakers because of surgery to repair a fractured zygomatic arch bone, Russell Westbrook has returned with a vengeance, and a mask! Both were on display as he split two Philadelphia defenders to throw down a monster two-handed jam. It is only 18 minutes into the game, and Russ has… » 3/04/15 9:00pm 3/04/15 9:00pm

The Thunder announced that Russell Westbrook underwent surgery to repair that dent in his face. In medical terms, he had a "fracture to the zygomatic arch of his right cheek." Westbrook won't play tomorrow against the Lakers and will be re-evaluated afterwards, but it doesn't seem too serious. » 2/28/15 5:12pm 2/28/15 5:12pm

Russell Westbrook Literally Got A Dent In His Face

Russell Westbrook whirling dervished his way to a third straight triple-double last night, the kind of performance we've come to expect in his incredible February. But late in the game, as he tried singlehandedly to stave off a loss to the Trail Blazers, we saw something new: he got a goddamn dent in his head. » 2/28/15 10:53am 2/28/15 10:53am

Oh My God Oh My God I Think Russell Westbrook Could Beat Up My Dad

Last night, while we were all arguing about a black-and-blue dress, Russell Westbrook and a gaggle of tall men who were not Kevin Durant were a half-hour down the road from where the llamas were dodging the cops, playing the Phoenix Suns. If you missed it, or forgot, the Oklahoma City Thunder lost a heartbreaker in… » 2/27/15 2:55pm 2/27/15 2:55pm

Westbrook And Durant Don't Seem Too Sad About Losing Reggie Jackson

The Oklahoma City Thunder didn't really have choice when it came to trading backup point guard Reggie Jackson, a talented but flawed young player who made it very clear that he'd like to be a starter elsewhere. They got a pretty good haul, grabbing an array of solid players to fill out the bench in exchange for one… » 2/20/15 10:00am 2/20/15 10:00am

Cool Dunks Look Even Cooler In Slow-Mo

There won't be any basketball until Thursday night (bad) because the NBA decided to give everybody a week long break (good) but without changing the start or end date of the season (dumb) so there are more back-to-backs and four-games-in-five-nights (very bad) this year. » 2/16/15 7:44pm 2/16/15 7:44pm

Ernie Johnson Jokingly Asks Westbrook "How Was The Execution Tonight?"

On Friday night Russell Westbrook raged at the media, refusing to answer questions with anything other than "we executed," and telling one reporter that he flat out didn't like him. After tonight's Thunder win over the Heat, the NBA TV crew conducted an otherwise mundane interview with Westbrook—you can watch the… » 1/21/15 12:35am 1/21/15 12:35am

Column About Russell Westbrook Disappears, Comes Back With New Ending

The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel received the brunt of Russell Westbrook's ire when the point guard got surly on Friday night—Tramel is the one who Westbrook was addressing when he said, "I don't like you"—and this morning he published a column about the whole kerfuffle. Apparent technical issues made the column… » 1/19/15 3:19pm 1/19/15 3:19pm

Paul Pierce Channels Surly Russell Westbrook In Postgame Interview

On Friday night, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook pulled a Marshawn Lynch during his postgame media scrum, answering every question with some version of "we did a good job executing" before looking one reporter dead in the face and saying, "I just don't like you." Wizards small forward and jolly old basketball… » 1/19/15 11:43am 1/19/15 11:43am

What's Going On With Russell Westbrook And The Media?

Last night Russell Westbrook submitted a line of 17 points, 17 assists, and 15 rebounds—becoming just the fourth player to ever do so—as the Thunder handily beat the best team in the league. He should've been happy—hell, maybe he was—but it didn't stop him from going off on reporters in the postgame media session. » 1/17/15 2:10pm 1/17/15 2:10pm

Russell Westbrook's Dunk Makes The Pistons' Bench Sit Up Straight

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook waited a half-second before accelerating and throwing down a strong dunk, but watch Detroit's bench as he throws it down. The Pistons' bench reacts like they just saw something gruesome. Because they did. » 12/07/14 9:27pm 12/07/14 9:27pm

Russell Westbrook Is Back

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook broke his hand on October 30th, and the recovery was expected to take 4-6 weeks. Well, 29 days later, and Westbrook is back in the lineup, per Royce Young: » 11/28/14 12:15pm 11/28/14 12:15pm