Thunder Buddies podcast: Second-half stumble at Golden State
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Thunder Buddies — The tables turn at Golden State (Game 61 of 82) — After two blowout losses to the Thunder, the Warriors reversed the roles Saturday night in Oakland, routing Oklahoma City 112-80. Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson was on site, and he talks with assistant sports editor Jeff Patterson from OKC about the Thunder’s struggles, the latest Russell Westbrook-Zaza Pachulia dust-up and an important week ahead.
Thunder Buddies — Saved in Sacramento (Game 60 of 82) — Russell Westbrook’s game-winner bailed out the Thunder in a 110-107 win against the Kings. Brett Dawson (in Sacramento) and Erik Horne (in OKC) talk about the Thunder’s first-quarter excellence, middle quarter malaise and the importance of salvaging wins. Plus, some discussion of OKC’s maddening, season-long struggles against bad teams and a look ahead to Saturday’s third matchup of the season with the Warriors.
Thunder Buddies – Analyzing the Thunder's close call in Memphis and Steven Adams' value (Game 59 of 82) – The Thunder has finally reached the All-Star break, but not without some drama in Memphis. It all started with Steven Adams foul trouble. Good thing the Thunder has a lot of talented players, and a cold-blooded rookie. Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss the Thunder's win against the Grizzlies.
Thunder Buddies – Is the Thunder in trouble heading into the All-Star break? (Game 58 of 82) – The Cavs got their groove back. Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony were missing theirs despite finishing with healthy statlines. The Thunder is suddenly closer to the eight seed than the No. 3. Trouble in Thunderland? Did the Thunder miss an opportunity not making a trade? Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Alex Abrines, Paul George, 3-pointers all-around and a blowout of Memphis (Game 57 of 82) – No Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony? No problem. The Thunder looked miles better against the Grizzlies on Sunday in its second game without Westbrook and Anthony. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel sit down to talk about Abrines' steady play, George's continued brilliance and what the Thunder needs in the buyout market.
Thunder Buddies – Analyzing the shorthanded Thunder and Paul George in their loss to the Lakers (Game 56 of 82) – Paul George joked that he was mad at Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony for not telling him they were out against the Lakers, but it wasn't a joke when it came to the Thunder's offensive woes. Erik Horne and Brett Dawson discuss the Thunder's latest loss to the Lakers.
Thunder Buddies – Analyzing OKC's demolition of the Warriors with Anthony Slater of The Athletic (Game 55 of 82) – Well, that was a surprise ... or was it? The Thunder snapped a four-game losing by drilling the Warriors with Steven Adams in foul trouble and Carmelo Anthony sidelined. How did the Thunder drub the Dubs again? Anthony Slater of The Athletic joins the podcast to discuss.
Thunder Buddies: Going down four real (Game 54 of 82) — The Thunder lost its fourth straight game on Sunday, this one at home to the lowly Los Angeles Lakers. Thunder Buddies Erik Horne and Brett Dawson break down the breakdowns that are killing Oklahoma City at the 3-point line and why OKC’s Big Four are so prone to technical fouls.
Thunder Buddies – How the Pelicans pounced on sluggish OKC (Game 53 of 82) – The Thunder looked like they played a game less than 12 hours before on Friday night. The Pelicans were splashing 3-pointers and the normally charged-up-at-home Thunder had no answer. Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss, plus address some trade rumblings and a few bright spots in a three-game losing streak.
Thunder Buddies – Another wild finish in Denver ... at the Thunder's expense (Game 52 of 82) – The Nuggets claimed their walk-off revenge on OKC, but not without some controversy. Erik Horne is joined by Gina Mizell of the Denver Post to talk about the wild finish to Thunder-Nuggets Round 3, from Paul George's dominance, to the the lack of defense, to the final play.
Thunder Buddies — The State of the Offense (is bad) in D.C. (Game 51 of 82) — The Thunder’s offense regressed, Paul George didn’t get a fourth-quarter shot and the Wizards snapped OKC’s eight-game winning streak. Brett Dawson (in D.C.) and Erik Horne (from OKC) break down what went wrong.
Thunder Buddies – How OKC A.D. (After Dre) stopped the Sixers (Game 50 of 82) – The Thunder has won eight consecutive games and it got there with a chippy win against the Philadelphia 76ers. The dunks were spectacular. The postgame was full of bite. The fouls were a drag. The Thunder won its first game after losing Andre Roberson for the season. Berry Tramel, Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss.
Thunder Buddies – What next for the Thunder without Andre Roberson? (Game 49 of 82) – The only reason the Thunder had to fight in its seventh consecutive win: Battling the shock of Andre Roberson's severe knee injury. How will the Thunder bounce back after losing its defensive ace? Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Westbrook on Team LeBron, Paul George staying in OKC (?) and the win over the Wizards (Game 48 of 82) – The Thunder pulled away from the Wizards for its sixth-consecutive win. Russell Westbrook was again at the center with a dominant fourth quarter. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel discuss, plus talk about Westbrook getting selected to Team LeBron, Paul George's free agency comments to ESPN, Scott Brooks, King of Shade, and more.
Thunder Buddies — Cut the Nets (Game 47 of 82) — The Thunder had to rally to escape with a 109-108 win against 18-30 Brooklyn at home. So why did Billy Donovan call it one of OKC’s best games of the season? Erik Horne and Brett Dawson explain (and maybe kind of agree). Plus, Paul George’s All-Star snub and a look at the week ahead.
Thunder Buddies – Analyzing OKC's big blowout of LeBron James and the Cavs (Game 46 of 82) – Well, that escalated quickly. The Thunder has made a habit of coming to play against big time teams this season, and Saturday was no different in a 24-point smashing of Cleveland. What were the keys to the Thunder's dominant win? Erik Horne and Brett Dawson discuss.
Thunder Buddies — OKC cancels the Lake Show (Game 45 of 82) — The Thunder ran away from the Lakers in the second half of a 114-90 rout, and Erik Horne, Brett Dawson and Berry Tramel talk about that. And then they talk a little about Saturday’s trip to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers. And then about uniforms and even the history of the “OKC” acronym.
Thunder Buddies Podcast — A win unfit for a King (Game 44 of 82) — The Thunder started flat, but Russell Westbrook might have been too fired up by the end of a 95-88 win against the Kings. Erik Horne, Brett Dawson and Berry Trammel talk about an uninspired win, Westbrook’s ejection and more.
Thunder Buddies Podcast — Buzzing about the bench (Game 43 of 82) — Raymond Felton and the bench boosted the Thunder to a 101-91 win in Charlotte. Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson talks about Raymond Felton’s role, the Hornets’ dead legs and takes a whole bunch of your questions.
Thunder Buddies Podcast — It’s dire against the Wolves (Game 42 of 82) — The Timberwolves closed the season series with the Thunder with a 3-1 edge. Brett Dawson talks to Jace Frederick of The Pioneer Press about Minnesota’s win, the Thunder’s offense and what it might look like if these teams meet in the playoffs.
Thunder Buddies Podcast — The defense rests against Portland (Game 41 of 82) — Andre Roberson missed his fifth straight game and the Thunder defense missed him again. Erik Horne and Brett Dawson break down Oklahoma City’s second straight loss and its defensive issues and look ahead to Wednesday’s game at Minnesota.
Thunder Buddies Podcast — No shine against the Suns (Game 40 of 82) — The Thunder defense took a night off and the Suns made Oklahoma City pay, dominating inside in the first half on the perimeter in the second. Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson talks about OKC’s struggles against losing teams and takes your questions from Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Thunder Buddies Podcast — Staples Sweep (Game 39 of 82) — The bench put the Thunder in a good position Thursday, and the stars closed out the Clippers. Paul George and Russell Westbrook dominated the fourth quarter and combined with Carmelo Anthony to carry OKC to a second win in as many nights in Los Angeles. Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson breaks it down and takes your Twitter questions.
Thunder Buddies — All good in Hollywood (Game 38 of 82) — Paul George was the big story, but Terrance Ferguson stole some headlines in the Thunder’s rout of the Lakers. Beat writer Brett Dawson breaks it down and takes your questions from the Staples Center.
Thunder Buddies — Defensive downer against Dallas (Game 37 of 82)— The Thunder said goodbye to 2017 and hello to a slew of defensive problems. In the final Thunder Buddies podcast of the year, Erik Horne and Brett Dawson break down the defense, discuss whether the Thunder needs bench help, looks ahead to a three-game road trip and talks New Year's resolutions.
Thunder Buddies — The Bucks stop here, and end a streak (Game 36 of 82) — Giannis Antetokounmpo worked the baseline (and used a little more floor than he’s supposed to) to stave off a Thunder comeback as Milwaukee ended OKC’s six-game winning streak. Thunder Buddies Erik Horne and Brett Dawson talk about the controversial ending, Billy Donovan's choice of starting lineup and what to make of a loss without Paul George.
Thunder Buddies Podcast — Jurassic lark (Game 35 of 82) — The Thunder dominated the second half of a 124-107 rout of the Raptors on Wednesday. OKC has won six straight, its offense is firing and its confidence is riding high. Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson discuss a dominating performance from courtside at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Plus: NBA City Edition uniform talk!
Thunder Buddies Podcast — Rockets around the Christmas tree (Game 34 of 82) — The Thunder’s big three clicked on offense and Andre Roberson keyed a defensive effort that helped OKC beat the Rockets 112-117 on Christmas night. Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson talk about what’s going right in OKC’s winning streak.
Thunder Buddies podcast – The Thunder has a winning streak. Can it continue against the Rockets? – The Thunder may be on its most impressive run of play this season, routing the Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back. Can it continue? Erik Horne is joined by Eric Woodyard (yes, another Eric!) of the Deseret News to discuss the Thunder four-game surge, the Jazz's rough stretch and the future outlook of both teams.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Assessing Russell Westbrook's MVP form, Carmelo Anthony's breakthrough against the Hawks (Game 32 of 82) – The Thunder won a shootout against the Hawks behind another scintillating performance from Russell Westbrook ... and an awakening from Carmelo Anthony. Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss the Thunder's third consecutive win.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Russell Westbrook is all that vs. Jazz (Game 31 of 82) – Russell Westbrook was locked in on offense and defense Wednesday night as the Thunder rolled past the Jazz, clicking on all cylinders and getting contributions from Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson talk it out.
Thunder Buddies podcast – A Westbrook throwback and a (strange) clutch win against the Nuggets (Game 30 of 82) – The Thunder received a vintage Russell Westbrook performance on Monday, circa 2016-17. It came with a little boost from official review ... and Berry Tramel. Gina Mizell of the Denver Post joins Erik Horne and Brett Dawson to discuss.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Melo returns to New York ... and so does the bad Thunder (Game 29 of 82) – The Thunder was throttled in the final game of a three-game road trip. Carmelo Anthony's return to his old team didn't go as well as Paul George's return to Indiana. What went wrong? Erik Horne discusses, plus talking about some interesting comments from Billy Donovan and Anthony.
Thunder Buddies podcast – Recapping OKC's triple-OT escape against the Sixers (Game 28 of 82) – The Thunder has won six of eight games, but it wasn't easy (again). Andre Roberson gave and took away. Russell Westbrook did, too. Both rallied in the third OT, as did the Thunder's defense. Now, about Billy Donovan's curious substitutions (or lack there of) and use of timeouts ... Erik Horne welcomes Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the podcast to talk about the wild Thunder victory.
Thunder Buddies – A mostly happy homecoming for PG-13 (Game 27 of 82) – Steven Adams was the big difference, but Paul George was the big story on Wednesday as the Thunder held off the Pacers. Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson breaks it down with Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports.
Thunder Buddies Podcast – Stung at home by the Hornets (Game 26 of 82)– Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson break down what went wrong in a miserable third quarter as the Hornets stunned the Thunder. They also discuss Billy Donovan’s demeanor and job status and whether OKC could upgrade its roster.
Thunder Buddies – OKC gives Memphis the blues in OT win (Game 25 of 82) – The Thunder snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a little bit of help from the Grizzlies, and turning up the tempo in the second quarter. Erik Horne talks about the Thunder getting a much-needed win against its Western Conference rivals.
ThunderBuddies – Struggling South of the Border (Game 24 of 82)– Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post joins Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson from Mexico City to discuss the Thunder’s loss to the Nets, how much to read into a game without Paul George and the pros and cons of potential NBA expansion to Ciudad de Mexico.
Thunder Buddies – Assessing a win streak ... and a fourth-quarter closeout of the Jazz (Game 23 of 82) – The Thunder had its periods of stagnation, its turnover clusters. But it also did something it's rarely done this season Tuesday against the Jazz: Dominate a fourth quarter. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel analyze the 100-94 comeback win.
Thunder Buddies – Analyzing OKC's survival against the secondhand Spurs (Game 22 of 82) – The ball was moving. The shots weren't falling. The free throws definitely weren't. But the Thunder was able to grind out a win against a patchwork Spurs roster. Any wins are good for the OKC right now, and Brett Dawson and Erik Horne take a look at the positives and negatives of the Thunder's second straight victory.
Thunder Buddies – Kiwi perfection against the Wolves (Game 21 of 82) – Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson talk about Steven Adams’ perfect shooting night, Paul George’s big plays and Oklahoma City’s much-needed 111-107 win against the Timberwolves Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Thunder Buddies – Analyzing Donovan and Westbrook's postgame after a meltdown against the Magic (Game 20 of 82) – The Thunder is at it again, losing in spectacular fashion to the sub-.500 Magic. How did it happen this time? And what did Billy Donovan and Russell Westbrook say afterwards that perked up ears? Erik Horne welcomed the Orlando Sentinel's Josh Robbins to the podcast to discuss the latest Thunder loss.
Thunder Buddies – No O in Big D (Game 19 of 82) – Tim Cato of SB Nation joins Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson to break down OKC’s 97-81 loss to the 5-15 Mavericks on Saturday. What isn’t working for Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, and what can Billy Donovan do to change it? Plus, they take your Twitter questions.
Thunder Buddies – Breaking down against the Pistons (Game 18 of 82) – The Thunder reverted to some bad habits in a 99-98 loss to Detroit. Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson discuss Oklahoma City’s defensive breakdowns, shooting woes and whether it’s reasonable to pin OKC’s struggles on Billy Donovan.
Thunder Buddies – Solid Gold against Golden State (Game 17 of 82) – In a crossover with the Warriors All 82 podcast, Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson talk with Anthony Slater of The Athletic about OKC’s 108-91 win against the Warriors and how the Russell Westbrook/Kevin Durant and Thunder/Warriors rivalries have evolved over the past year.
Thunder Buddies – Hard times in the Big Easy (Game 16 of 82) – Christian Boutwell of The Advocate joins Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson to talk about (you guessed it) Oklahoma City blowing a big lead and losing another game on the road.
Thunder Buddies — Blown-lead blues (Game 15 of 82) — Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News joins Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson at the AT&T Center to discuss another blown lead and a 104-101 OKC loss.
Thunder Buddies – Bulls talk with Darnell Mayberry (Game 14 of 82) – The Thunder looked bored but beat the Bulls 92-72. We talk with Bulls beat writer Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic about how the Thunder’s pieces are fitting together, the offensive and defensive growth and a tough upcoming stretch.
Thunder Buddies – Paul George dooms Dallas (Game 13 of 82) – A game after he dropped 42 points, Paul George came back with 37 to lead the Thunder past the Mavs. Beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson and columnist Berry Tramel talk about his performance, Russell Westbrook’s second half and OKC’s second-straight win.
Thunder Buddies – Rated PG (Game 12 of 82) – The Thunder got a much-needed win Friday against the Clippers thanks in part to Paul George, who scored 42 points to snap OKC’s four-game losing streak. Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson discussed it at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Thunder Buddies – Down and Out in Denver (Game 11 of 82) – The Thunder started strong and faded at the finish again on Thursday, falling to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Brett Dawson talks about what went wrong with Gina Mizell, The Denver Post’s Nuggets beat writer – and a former Oklahoma State beat writer at The Oklahoman.
Thunder Buddies – Royally Bad in Sacramento (Game 10 0f 82) – The Thunder’s offense sputtered and it lost to the 2-9 Kings on Tuesday. Thunder beat writer Brett Dawson talks to Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post about what went wrong, and why OKC’s problem probably isn’t Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.
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Thunder Buddies – Stranger things (again) in Portland (Game 9 of 82) – An odd ejection, a Russell Westbrook rant and another loss to the Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. Brett Dawson talks about the oddities of the Thunder's Sunday night loss and takes your Twitter questions about OKC's defense.
Thunder Buddies – A look at the Thunder's collapse against the Celtics (Game 8 of 82) – The Thunder looked brilliant in the first half, and beat in the second against the Celtics on Friday. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and new Oklahoman assistant sports editor Jeff Patterson jump on the pod to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly from Thunder-Celtics.
Thunder Buddies – A look at the Thunder's blowout of the Bucks (Game 7 of 82) – The Thunder put together its best all-around performance of the season against the Bucks. How did OKC slow down Giannis, and how did Andre Roberson bounce back from his six-game slump? Plus, a discussion on Josh Huestis's option getting declined and the beauty of the Thunder's offense against Milwaukee.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Russell Westbrook and the new-look Thunder with The Athletic's Darnell Mayberry (Game 6 of 82) – The Thunder Buddies had a reunion game early in the season, as OKC battered the Bulls, who are now covered by former Oklahoman Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry for The Athletic in Chicago. Mayberry joins Erik Horne to talk Thunder-Bulls and Russell Westbrook's triple-double at the United Center.
Thunder Buddies — Examining OKC’s 119-116 loss to Minnesota (Game 5 of 82) — Does the Thunder have a T-Wolves problem? Is Andre Roberson’s rotation spot in trouble? Erik Horne discusses with ESPN.com’s Nick Friedell.
Thunder Buddies – Takeaways from OKC's 144-96 win against the Pacers (Game 4 of 82) – Paul George was in foul trouble, but the Thunder wasn't in a runaway victory against Indiana. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel tackle topics such as the dynamite performances from Russell Westbrook, Steven Adams and Carmelo Anthony and Josh Huestis's extended minutes. Then, the Thunder Buddies answer your Twitter questions.
Thunder Buddies – Takeaways from the Thunder's thrilling loss to the T-Wolves (Game 3 of 82) – The Thunder loss in controversial fashion to the new and improved Timberwolves, and there were some bumps in the road on the way to OKC's excellent fourth quarter. Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss and answer your Twitter questions.
Thunder Buddies – Examining the Thunder's loss to the Jazz (Game 2 of 82) – The first loss is in the books! The Thunder fell to the Jazz Saturday night. Erik Horne answered some of your pressing Twitter questions, took a look at Russell Westbrook's off game and more.
Thunder Buddies — Thunder-Knicks postgame (Game 1 of 82) — Game one is in the books for the new-look Thunder. A 105-84 win against the Knicks showed promise and some problems. Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson and columnist Berry Tramel discussed it courtside at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Thunder Buddies -- Talking Carmelo Anthony, Thunder-Knicks with New York Times NBA writer Scott Cacciola -- The regular season is here! Brett Dawson and Erik Horne welcome New York Times NBA writer Scott Cacciola to the podcast to talk about the transformations of the Thunder and Knicks, Carmelo Anthony's tenure in NYC and his possible future in Oklahoma City.
Thunder Buddies – That’s it for you, Darnell – The Podfather is moving on, but before Darnell Mayberry skips town for Chicago and The Athletic, he joins Erik Horne and Brett Dawson to talk about his time on the Thunder beat at The Oklahoman, his relationships with past and present OKC players and his new book, “100 Things Thunder Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.”
Thunder Buddies -- Preseason Game 1 thoughts with Michael Lee of Yahoo! Sports -- The Thunder is one game in to the preseason. What are the biggest takeaways from the loss to the Rockets? Brett Dawson and Erik Horne welcome Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Michael Lee to the podcast to talk about the new “Big Three” in OKC, the Thunder’s rotation, the possibility of a 14-man roster, the rookies, and more.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Russell Westbrook's extension signing with Tim Bontemps – Well, he did it. Russell Westbrook ended all the speculation by signing a five-year, $205 million extension with the Thunder. What does it mean for the futures of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in OKC? Brett Dawson and Erik Horne welcome Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post to the podcast to discuss.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Carmelo Anthony and Paul George’s arrival with Sam Amick – The Thunder season is officially here. Media day was Monday in Oklahoma City, and the Thunder Buddies welcomed USA Today’s Sam Amick to the podcast to talk about the arrival of Carmelo Anthony, the future of Paul George, more highlights from media day, and if the Thunder can really land Dwyane Wade.
Thunder Buddies – Analyzing Carmelo Anthony to OKC – Sam Presti pulled off another monster deal by trading for Carmelo Anthony. What does it mean for the Thunder’s chances in the Western Conference? Where does Anthony fit into the Thunder lineup? And what does it mean for the future of the new “Big 3?” Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss, plus they say farewell to Enes Kanter.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Thunder vs. Warriors, KD's tweets with Anthony Slater – Once again, Kevin Durant is in the news for comments he made online about Billy Donovan and the Thunder organization. Erik Horne and Brett Dawson talk about Durant’s tweets (and his apology) with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, a former Thunder beat writer at The Oklahoman. Plus, looking ahead to the season and how the Warriors and new-look Thunder match up.
Thunder Buddies – Inside Russell Westbrook's Jordan Brand deal with Nick DePaula – Russell Westbrook has agreed to a 10-year deal with the Jordan Brand. The Thunder Buddies welcome Nick DePaula, the writer who broke the story, to the podcast to talk about the shoe industry's impact on NBA players, Westbrook's signature shoe, and how the deal influences Westbrook's future in OKC.
Thunder Buddies – Preseason talk with Tim Bontemps – Russell Westbrook just agreed to a massive extension with Jordan Brand. What does it mean for his Thunder future? The Thunder Buddies Brett Dawson and Erik Horne welcome Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post to discuss, and talk about the NBA Top 100, Sam Presti’s legacy and some preseason over/unders for the Thunder.
Thunder Buddies – Kanter, the over/unders and the "Bad Guy" – Hurricane Harvey has devastated the state of Texas, and professional athletes around the nation have joined the relief effort, including Enes Kanter. ... Vegas over/unders are out. Are the Celtics really going to be that good? What about the Thunder? ... Kevin Durant is embracing his inner "bad guy." ... Jenni Carlson, Brett Dawson, and Erik Horne discuss.
Thunder Buddies – A look at the 2017-18 schedule – The Thunder schedule is out and Darnell Mayberry, Berry Tramel and Erik Horne break down their favorite matchups, the new NBA schedule nuances and the Thunder’s national TV appeal.
Thunder Buddies – What to make of Patrick Patterson’s knee surgery? – The Thunder Buddies welcome Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel back from vacation to talk about the latest Thunder news. Will Patrick Patterson be ready for the regular season after knee surgery? Is the Thunder playing in Mexico City a good thing? Who will be the Christmas Day opponent? Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Tramel discuss, plus talk about Enes Kanter and more.
Thunder Buddies – How will Russell Westbrook's game look this season? – We’re in the midst of one of the few down periods in the NBA calendar, so you know that means Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are getting talked about. Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins had some interesting comments about Westbrook upcoming season. Oh, and Daryl Morey is still talking about the MVP vote. Oh, and could LeBron James ever wind up in Oklahoma City? Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss with special guest Darnell Mayberry.
Thunder Buddies – Talking NBA uniforms with Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas – The Thunder Buddies welcome special guest Paul Lukas, the creator of Uni Watch – a column devoted to uniform design in sports – to the podcast to talk about Nike’s takeover as the apparel provider of the NBA, the Thunder’s branding, and our favorite sports uniforms.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Westbrook’s contract, OKC offseason and Paul George Party Time – The Thunder Buddies Brett Dawson and Erik Horne return with a special assist from NewsOK Sports Web Editor Adam Kemp to talk Russell Westbrook’s contract, key Thunder offseason questions, a little Game of Thrones, and yes, more ginger ale.
Thunder Buddies – Filling out the Thunder roster with Jon Hamm – When finally finished talking about Ginger Ale and 7UP, the Thunder Buddies Brett Dawson and Erik Horne asked salary cap king Jon Hamm about the Thunder's payroll, the backup point guard spot, why Rudy Gay didn't work in OKC, Nick Collison's future and potential candidates to fill out the Thunder roster.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Patrick Patterson and OKC's next move – The Thunder has its new power forward in Patrick Patterson. What’s next? Is Rudy Gay still an option? What about Marcus Smart? Is the Thunder going to be able to move Enes Kanter? Now that the dust has settled a bit, where does the Thunder stand in the Western Conference? Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry address all those questions and more in an extended edition of the podcast.
Thunder Buddies – Assessing the Paul George blockbuster trade – Thunder general manager Sam Presti pulled of the biggest deal of the offseason, acquiring Indiana’s Paul George for Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo. Brett Dawson, Berry Tramel and Erik Horne discuss the blockbuster and what it could mean for the Thunder’s future.
Thunder Buddies – CP3 to the Rockets (!?), Westbrook’s extension, Blake Griffin’s future and more – The Thunder podcast goes into overtime with a four-man show of Brett Dawson, Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry and Berry Tramel discussing the blockbuster trade in the NBA which sent Chris Paul to the Rockets to team up with James Harden. How does it affect the Thunder? How does it affect Blake Griffin? Will Westbrook recruit?
Thunder Buddies – Grading the Terrance Ferguson pick – The Thunder went young with the No. 21 pick in the NBA Draft, selecting 19-year-old Terrance Ferguson. Was it the right choice? What’s the Thunder’s plan? Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry discuss the draft, and dive deep into the Thunder’s philosophy going forward.
Thunder Buddies – Talking Thunder in the NBA Draft with Tim Bontemps – The Thunder has the No. 21 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft. What’s the move to make? Erik Horne and Brett Dawson talk to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post about the Thunder’s strategy, rumblings around the NBA, and OKC’s sticky situations with Russell Westbrook and Andre Roberson.
Thunder Buddies – Enes Kanter talks about his father's arrest – Thunder center Enes Kanter was back in the news again Friday after he said he father was arrested in Turkey. On a conference call, Kanter spoke with numerous media members Friday evening about the incident and how he’ll continue to be outspoken.
Brett Dawson is in his second year covering the Thunder at The Oklahoman. He joined the paper in September of 2016 after a year covering the Pelicans at The Advocate in New Orleans. Prior to covering the NBA, Dawson spent his career covering... Read more ›
Jeff Patterson is the sports editor of The Oklahoman. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he allegedly once told his father on a childhood trip passing through Oklahoma that he would one day live there. He doesn't recall this, but he fulfilled that... Read more ›