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January 23, 2014 Updates

Kawhi Leonard is out for the remainder of tonight’s home game against Oklahoma City and beyond with a non-displaced fracture of his right fourth metacarpal, the Spurs announced. A timeline for his return has yet to be determined. Teammate Danny Green was recently sidelined for approximately four weeks with a non-displaced fracture of his second left metacarpal. San Antonio Express-News

December 14, 2013 Updates

Aldridge on the commercial with Lopez: “That was fun. First of all, he’s the worst singer I’ve ever been around.” Aldridge made fun of Damian Lillard’s singing in the locker room last week after their win against Oklahoma City and he said that Lopez indeed takes the cake. “He can’t get rhythms. We were trying to get him to do the part that I did and he couldn’t do it,” Aldridge said with a chuckle. The Columbian

November 13, 2013 Updates

Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins has returned to Texas because of the passing of his grandfather and will miss the Thunder's next two games, league sources told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. Perkins won't play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday at Staples Center, nor against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Oakland, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

October 22, 2013 Updates

Who do you want taking the final shot with the game on the line? General Managers around the NBA say Kevin Durant. For many years that question was one Kobe Bryant owned in the annual NBA.com GM survey, but for the second straight GMs picked the scoring machine out of Oklahoma City over him. This year 39.3 percent of GMs went with Durant, 32.1 percent with Kobe, while Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James each got 7.1 percent of the vote. NBCSports.com

October 10, 2013 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder waived center Daniel Orton, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Orton appeared in 13 games with the Thunder during the 2012-13 season, averaging 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 8.0 minutes per contest. NBA.com

October 3, 2013 Updates

Kobe Bryant has the third-most popular selling NBA jersey worldwide, according to the league. Based on global sales from Adidas, LeBron James of the Miami Heat topped the list for the first time in his career. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls placed second. The Lakers star finished ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, who was followed by Miami's Dwyane Wade at No. 5 and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks at No. 6. Los Angeles Times

August 13, 2013 Updates

The saying goes “One can judge a man by the company he keep.” That gem of a quote is credited to Euripides, 480 B.C. Yet, it could just as easily apply to Oklahoma City Thunder chairman Clay Bennett. Since bringing an NBA franchise to his home state, the Oklahoma City native has stayed pretty much in the shadows, letting general manager Sam Presti be the public face of the organization. However, the business mogul and civic leader gave Oklahomans a rare glimpse into his personal life when he was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. What stood out to them most about his induction was who he chose to present him. He went with NBA legend Bill Russell. Bennett didn’t choose the Hall of Fame center just to show off. He did it for the simplest of reasons. Russell is a friend. “I have had a very nice relationship with Bill,” Bennett said. “I thought it might be fun to bring him to Oklahoma. And let others hear and enjoy him as I have. He was very gracious to accept. I am honored he would be here.” Tahlequah Daily Press

August 5, 2013 Updates

But Bennett agreed to speak to The Oklahoman in advance of the Hall of Fame induction. And it's clear he's thrilled with what has become of his hometown. “I have always been proud of Oklahoma City,” Bennett said. “I have always been proud it's been my home, but there were those years when I knew we were an inferior place to live, compared to many other cities throughout the country. We did not have the assets and amenities that others had. And I had a desire to be impactful in terms of supporting our city and helping it develop and grow. And was fortunate with many, many others to have that opportunity and see some of these things come together.” Oklahoman

August 1, 2013 Updates

The Utah Jazz announced today the team’s eight-game 2013 preseason schedule which will feature three home games at EnergySolutions Arena. Utah will play the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers twice each during the preseason, while also facing the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors. NBA.com

July 10, 2013 Updates
June 6, 2013 Updates

Adam Zagoria: Ricky Ledo is not working out for the Oklahoma City Thunder, his agent @AgentSethCohen tells @SNYtv. Working out tom for #knicks Twitter

May 24, 2013 Updates
May 22, 2013 Updates

If you're like me or my friend Trey Kerby, this photo of Russell Westbrook high-fiving a young victim of the tornado that devastated Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday filled your heart to bursting, and also made you want to know a little bit more about the injured Oklahoma City Thunder point guard's new friend. First off: The little guy is Grayson Ketchie. He's 3 years old, he's the big brother of a 6-month-old named Brayden and, based on the company he keeps, appears to be a boss. On Monday afternoon, the brothers were at a day care facility destroyed by the storm; while Brayden came out unscathed, Grayson did sustain some injuries, which landed him in the Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center. Yahoo! Sports

May 21, 2013 Updates
November 13, 2012 Updates

I met Presti two weeks before the start of training camp at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, a site that commemorates, powerfully, the city’s defining tragedy: the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Presti shook my hand in the lobby, quickly and firmly, and then proceeded to say nothing for many minutes. The museum’s director was giving us a tour, and Presti seemed relieved to cede the floor completely to her. He wore a polo shirt, casual pants, fashionable glasses and hip sneakers. He was very slim — no excess — and was fidgeting a lot, bouncing rhythmically at the knees. We were at the memorial because, as Presti told me later, “This place is part of our existence.” Presti sits on the memorial’s board, and he makes sure that every player who joins the Thunder visits the site before he ever plays a game. The idea is to teach them the character of the citizenry they’ve just joined, to help them recognize, as Tom Brokaw put it on the night of the bombing, Oklahomans’ “essential sense of goodness, community and compassion.” New York Times

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