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Steve Kerr Finds Russell Westbrook's 'No Comment' Treatment Of Berry Tramel 'Dangerous'

Apr 22, 2019 5:19 PM

Steve Kerr believes Russell Westbrook's "no comment" approach in dealing with Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman could become a dangerous precedent for the NBA. 

“I just feel that we have to be very careful as a league,” Kerr said. “We’re in a good place right now. Very popular. Fans love the game, the social dynamic, the fashion. But more than anything they love the connection they feel to the players. I think it’s important for the players to understand that it’s a key dynamic to this league. I don’t think this is a healthy dynamic, for this league, for any player, any team, any local media, any national media.”

Kerr views the complete avoidance of communication as different than uninspired responses to questions.

“It’s all part of the business,” Kerr said. “You’ve got to feed information to the fans. You don’t have to give a great answer, but it’s dangerous when you go down that path of no communication because one of the reasons people like the league right now is we have a lot of great players, really good guys who handle themselves well. So don’t kill that. You’ve got to keep that going. That’s a big part of the business.”

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Hamidou Diallo Out At Least Four Weeks With Right Elbow Surgery

Apr 17, 2019 12:37 PM

Hamidou Diallo underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right elbow.

The procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek with Thunder medical personnel present at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

During the 2018-19 season, Diallo appeared in 51 games for the Thunder and averaged 3.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game. 

Diallo is expected to return to basketball-related activities in approximately four weeks.

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Tags: Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Paul George On Shoulder Soreness: 'You Can Expect Me Out There' For Game 1

Apr 12, 2019 8:57 PM

Paul George said he plans on playing in game 1 against the Portland Trail Blazers despite a shoulder injury.

"It's playoff time, so it's more than this, it's about being out there with my guys. As much as I can get it a hundred as possible, or close to it, you can expect me out there Sunday," said George. 

George has been battling soreness in both shoulders for some time. He is officially listed as day-to-day. 

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Tags: Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Damian Lillard Admits Tension Between Blazers, Thunder: 'There's Something There'

Apr 11, 2019 2:37 AM

Damian Lillard admitted that there was a tension between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead of their first round playoff matchup. 

The Blazers secured the 3rd seed following a comeback win against the Kings. The Thunder clinched the 6 seed after beating the Bucks.

The Thunder swept the season series between the two teams 4-0, with games filled with heated moments.

"There's something there. There's something there," said Lillard. 

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Tags: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder

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Kemba Walker, Russell Westbrook Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Apr 8, 2019 3:29 PM

Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between April 1 and 7.

Walker averaged 34.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.5 rebounds as the Hornets went 3-1.

Westbrook averaged 22.0 points, 17.0 assists and 12.7 rebounds as the Thunder went 3-0.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Russell Westbrook Averages Triple-Double For 3rd Straight Season

Apr 6, 2019 2:27 AM

Russell Westbrook will average a triple-double for the 3rd straight season following the Oklahoma City Thunder's 123-110 win over the Detroit Pistons.

"Just blessed, brother. I can't even -- I do what I do every single night, regardless of what anybody says, what they call it, what they say. I'm just thankful to all the teammates in this locker room, teammates over the last couple years, they made my job easy. I just try to do what I can to impact the game in every facet. I've said that every year, and I stand by it," said Westbrook.

Westbrook finished with 19 points, 15 assists, and 8 rebounds on the night. He is currently averaging 22.9 points, 10.6 assists, and 11.1 rebounds for the season.

Westbrook has also recorded 31 triple-doubles this season. 

Billy Donovan said his triple-double streak isn't receiving the attention it deserves. 

"I think the fact that he has done this three years in a row, people don't understand what has happened, in my opinion. And I'm shocked that they don't talk about it. And I know they're numbers, and I get all that stuff, but in terms of the historic part of the game, people are going to look back in time, and I think what he has done will be more appreciated later on than it is right now," said Donovan. 

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Russell Westbrook After Recording 2nd 20-20-20 Game In NBA History: 'That Was For Nipsey'

Apr 3, 2019 2:49 AM

Russell Westbrook recorded the 2nd 20-20-20 game in NBA history with 20 points, 21 assists, and 20 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-103.

Westbrook dedicated the game to recently slain rapper Nipsey Hussle.

"Grateful to play the game, but that wasn't for me, man. That was for my bro, man. That was for Nipsey. Rest in peace to Nipsey, man. I'm just thankful to go out there and compete at a high level, man. Thankful to have these teammates. Thankful and humbled to go out there and play the game I love," said Westbrook.

Westbrook refused to be subbed out the game with 1:04 left in the 4th quarter as he was 2 rebounds short. He rebounded Steven Adams' miss off his second free throw, then secured his 20th rebound on the following possession after the Lakers missed a jumper.

"He came over and talked to me about it, and I knew he had a close friend pass away, and he had mentioned and explained that to me. I think for a few guys on our team relationship-wise, this kind of hit them pretty hard the last couple days, just talking to them. But I think for Russell, that was something that really meant a lot to him, and he basically talked to me a little bit about it after the game," said Billy Donovan. 

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Paul George Swayed More By What Thunder Did Right Than Lakers Did Wrong

Mar 29, 2019 12:52 PM

Paul George re-signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder quickly during the 2018 offseason and never gave the Los Angeles Lakers the opportunity of a meeting.

Sources say it was always more about what the Thunder did right than what the Lakers did wrong. The Thunder traded for him without promises of a long-term commitment.

George played with Corey Brewer during the second half of the 17-18 season after Brewer was waived by the Lakers in February. Brewer divulged his experience with the Lakers to George.

George's agent, Aaron Mintz, also represented a number of players with ties to the Lakers including D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.

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Tags: Paul George, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Claim Jawun Evans Off Waivers

Mar 25, 2019 6:07 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have claimed Jawun Evans off waivers.

Evans is on a two-way contract and was waived by the Phoenix Suns.

The Houston Rockets were also expected to have interest in Evans.

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Tags: Jawun Evans, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Russell Westbrook Picks Up 16th Technical, Faces 1-Game Suspension

Mar 17, 2019 12:11 PM

Russell Westbrook is facing a 1-game suspension after picking up his 16th technical foul.

Westbrook picked up his technical after fouling Klay Thompson out of frustration after a non-foul call on Westbrook.

"Next question," said Westbrook when asked if he thought the technical foul would be rescinded. 

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Jazz Ban Fan Who Called Russell Westbrook 'Boy' Last Season
The incident occured before Game 4 of last year's playoffs.

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Paul George Would Love To Have Jersey Retired By Pacers But Not Sure He Did Enough
The Pacers have only retired the jerseys of Reggie Miller, George McGinnis, Roger Brown and Slick Leonard.

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Thunder Become Last Team To Secure Jersey Sponsorship
Oklahoma City's deal with Love's is worth almost $10 million per season.

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Banned Jazz Fan To File Lawsuit Against Russell Westbrook
Keisel has shut down all of his social media accounts on the advice of his lawyer.

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Russell Westbrook Fined $25k By NBA, Jazz Permanently Ban Fan
The Jazz gathered intelligence that verified Russell Westbrook's version of the events.

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David Griffin Explored Ways Cavs Could Acquire Kevin Durant After 2016 Finals
The Cavaliers would have had to essentially gut their team in order to acquire Kevin Durant.

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Russell Westbrook Gets Into Verbal Confrontation With Jazz Fan
Westbrook was caught on camera confronting a fan.

Deonte Burton Agrees To Multi-Year Contract With Thunder
Burton scored a career-high 18 points in a February game against the Blazers.

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Paul George After Clippers Loss: 'We Haven't Gotten A Fair Whistle All Year'
George, Westbrook, and Adams all fouled out against the Clippers.

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Jalen Lecque Draws Attention From NBA Personnel
The 6-foot-4 Lecque has drawn comparisons to Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard due to his athleticism.

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Monty McCutchen: Refs Missed Paul George Offensive Foul In 4th Quarter
The NBA has experimented with using 4 referee crews in the G League.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George Named Players Of The Month For February
Paul George averaged 35.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists during Oklahoma City's 6-5 month.

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Paul George On Windmill In Overtime: 'That Was A Statement'
George had 45 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists in the Thunder's double OT win over the Jazz.

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Thunder Were 'Especially Interested' In Drafting Khris Middleton In 2012
The Thunder instead selected Perry Jones III at No. 28 with Khris Middleton going 39th overall to the Pistons.

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Markieff Morris Agrees To Deal With Thunder
Morris was waived by the Pelicans last week and adds depth to the Thunder front court.

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Russell Westbrook: I've Been Blessed With Talent Not To Care About Criticism
Russell Westbrook has typically been able to tune out criticism during his career.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Thunder Sign Richard Solomon To 10-Day Contract
Richard Solomon was with the Thunder during the preseason.

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Russell Westbrook Sets NBA Record With 10th Straight Triple-Double
The Thunder are 17-6 when Westbrook records a triple-double this season.

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Bojan Bogdanovic, Paul George Named Players Of The Week
Bojan Bogdanovic averaged 22.5 points while shooting 46.4 percent from three as the Pacers went 4-0.

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Russell Westbrook Ties Wilt Chamberlain With 9th Straight Triple-Double
Westbrook is currently averaging a triple-double on the season.

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