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Insights and observations into all things Thunder Basketball from the people closest to the team.

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    • Sep 23, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    Ep. 61 – Presti Sets Table for Thunder Season 15

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 48:44


    Paris and Nick recap Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti's media availability from Thursday. The TBU crew also catches up on all the Thunder happenings in the community and welcomes a special guest, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Natasha Stamper, to discuss her new role with the organization. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 60 – Blue Schedule, Fan Fest and the Book Bus!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 19:21


    The TBU crew delivers an update on the newly released OKC Blue schedule and info on the upcoming Thunder Fan Fest on Sunday, Sept. 11. Nick and Paris were also on site at Esperanza Elementary where Aaron Wiggins and Lindy Waters III met up with students on the Rolling Thunder Book Bus. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 59 – Chet Update, Preseason Schedule and FIBA

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 28:27


    The TBU crew gives you the latest on Chet Holmgren as the team announced a successful surgery on Tuesday morning. Paris and Nick also break down the 2022 preseason schedule and deliver an update on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Théo Maledon as they play for their respective countries in FIBA action. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 58 – J-Dub and Smooth Ous

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 39:57


    The TBU crew takes an in-depth look at the drive and the rise of Jalen Williams and Ousmane Dieng's readiness to learn. We also recap the Lu the Beast Camp in Montreal Nord this past weekend. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 57 - 2022-23 Schedule Release!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 19:48


    To discuss Wednesday's 2022-23 NBA schedule release, the TBU brings in friends of the podcast Michael Cage, 15-year NBA veteran and the Thunder's Bally Sports Oklahoma TV analyst, as well as voice of the Thunder on the Thunder Radio Network, Matt Pinto. Paris and Nick also keep you updated on what Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl have been up to off the floor. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 56 – Our Fellow Interns

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 24:13


    The TBU welcomes the Thunder's 2022 HBCU Fellowship Program interns Summer Brown (Howard) and Victoree Norris (Langston) to learn about their experiences the last two months with the organization. But before that, Paris and Nick discuss the re-signing of veteran forward Mike Muscala. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 55 – When Winter Asks What You Did Last Summer…

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 45:26


    In all levels of basketball, every winter begs the same question: what work was done and what gains were made during the summer? The TBU crew is joined by Thunder broadcaster and NBA veteran Michael Cage to talk about the importance of a productive summer and his experience from NBA offseasons past. We also reflect on the life and legacy of the great Bill Russell. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 54 – Summer League Wrap Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 39:49


    The TBU crew takes a full-court view of the 2022 Summer Leagues with their sights and observations from Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 53 – Gaining Functional Experience

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 32:32


    The Thunder continues to build continuity and chemistry through its offseason work at Summer League. Paris, Nick and Royce Young serve up everything you need to know after two games in Las Vegas. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 52 – Summer League's Heating Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 31:04


    With boots on the ground in Salt Lake City, Nick and Royce Young report to Paris back in-studio to share their observations after the first two games of Summer League. The pod trio also gives a quick look ahead to Las Vegas, which starts on Saturday, July 9. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 51 – Summer League Preview with Pinto

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 20:50


    Thunder radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto joins the pod to take a quick look back on the draft and look ahead to upcoming Summer League in Utah and Las Vegas. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 50 – A Big Welcome to OKC!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 28:24


    The TBU crew caught up with Chet Holmgren, Jalen Williams (J-Dub), Jaylin Williams (J-Will) and Ousmane Dieng following their introduction to the OKC community at the Clara Luper Center for Educational Services. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 49 – Oh, What a Night!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 41:04


    The TBU crew delivers reaction from draft night following the selections of Chet Holmgren, Ousmane Dieng, Jalen Williams and Jaylin Williams. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 48 – Draft Preview with Royce Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 32:47


    Royce Young joins the pod squad to look ahead to the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday and what the Thunder is looking for in its prospects. Nick Gallo also reflects on last year's draft where the Thunder selected Josh Giddey with the No. 6 pick. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 47 – Catching Up with Cedric Ikpo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 22:01


    Executive Director of Thunder Fellows, Cedric Ikpo, joins the TBU crew to share his feelings on the first year of the Thunder Fellows program, being a producer of the “Seeds of Greenwood” film and the students' response the program's inaugural year. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 46 – Seeds of Greenwood

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 19:37


    Thunder Vice President, Broadcasting & Corporate Communications Dan Mahoney, joins the show to preview the latest OKCThunder Films production, “Seeds of Greenwood,” which debuts Friday, June 10 at Scissortail Park. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works. 

    Ep. 45 – Special Guest: Claude Johnson, Author of The Black Fives

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 39:22


    The TBU crew talks with Claude Johnson, author the “The Black Fives: The Epic Story of Basketball's Forgotten Era,” about the importance of bringing the early history of basketball to life via the game's trailblazing players, teams and impresarios in his newly released book. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by Coop Ale Works.

    Ep. 44 – A Season of Resilience

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 29:26


    Paris and Nick highlight the maturity and mental toughness shown by the young Thunder throughout the season. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 43 – Jumping to No. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 24:49


    The TBU crew is joined by Thunder broadcaster and NBA veteran Michael Cage for reaction to the Thunder getting the second and twelfth pick in the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery. Paris and Nick also get Cage's perspective on the Lottery and draft process as a former player. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works. 

    Ep. 42 – Offensive Growth

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 32:44


    The TBU crew breaks down the team's offensive development and reaching a flow state, particularly during a six-minute stretch of “less patterns, more rhythm” earlier in the season at Dallas. Paris and Nick also put some perspective on their favorite individual and team growths. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 41 – Defensive Identity

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 27:34


    The TBU crew takes a deep dive into the Thunder's defense – breaking down both the seen and unseen elements that made it a bright spot all season. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works. 

    Ep. 40 – Unpacking Presti's Response

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 36:00


    The TBU crew reacts to the main themes of Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti's press conference earlier this week where he laid out his thoughts on this season, what's ahead for the team this offseason and the organization's connection to the community. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 39 – Perspective on Development

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 43:28


    Royce Young joins the TBU crew in studio to reflect back on the 2021-22 Thunder season, recap end-of-season interviews and discuss some of their favorite moments of individual growth on the court. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.  

    Ep. 38 – Legacy Guests

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 27:26


    The TBU crew catches up with former players Cole Aldrich and Andre Roberson during the Thunder Legacy Weekend. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 37 – Catching Up With Krejci

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 41:12


    Vit Krejci talks about his journey as a youngster from the Czech Republic to playing in Spain at age 13, the importance of family in his life, living in Europe and overcoming adversity in the NBA. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 36 – Talkin' With Tre

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 32:52


    Tre Mann joins the show to talk about his inspiration in playing basketball, growing up in Florida and his big scoring games in recent nights. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 35 – Bracket Season!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 49:27


    In the spirit of March, the TBU crew delivers their own bracket breakdown on the core pieces of the Thunder identity this season. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 34 – Showing That Grit

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 50:00


    Royce Young joins Paris and Nick to reflect on the resiliency and fight shown by the Thunder recently as the team continues its path of development. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 33 – On a Mile High!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 30:00


    Paris and Nick deliver everything you need to know after an efficient, hard-nosed victory Wednesday night win at Denver. The TBU crew also takes a dive into the continued development of the younger players on the roster. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 32 – Two Special Guests: Waters, Sarr

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 35:27


    Lindy Waters III and Olivier Sarr talked about seizing the moment after signing two-way contracts with the Thunder. The two joined the Thunder Basketball Universe podcast, presented by COOP Ale Works, and shared stories of their unique paths to the NBA.

    Ep. 31 – Giddey On All-Star Weekend

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 17:59


    Josh Giddey joins the podcast to talk about the excitement of competing in the Rising Stars game and Skills Challenge this upcoming All-Star Weekend in Cleveland. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 30 – Big Night in the Big Apple

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 48:35


    Royce Young joins Paris and Nick to discuss the play of the Thunder's young core players in Monday night's overtime win against New York. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 29 – Special Guest: Dr. Mautra Staley Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 37:43


    Dr. Mautra Staley Jones joins the podcast to share her journey from humble beginnings to her recent appointment as the 11th President of Oklahoma City Community College after previously serving at Langston University. Paris and Nick also recap the team's last three games on the court. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 28 – Crunch Time, Overtime, Downtime

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 25:16


    The Thunder got contributions all around, but it was Josh Giddey's clutch pass near the end of regulation and Lu Dort's 14 points in overtime that lifted the Thunder past the Mavericks on Wednesday night. Paris and Nick recap the action as the team spends an extra day in Dallas before heading out west. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 27 – Resilient Again

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2022 35:44


    Down as many as 18 points without its leading scorer in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder once again rallied back for a 98-81 win over Portland. Paris and Nick break down the win before the team embarks on a three-game road trip. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 26 – Home Sweet Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 42:38


    Paris and Nick recap the Thunder's longest road trip of the year, including a long and wild night in Charlotte . The TBU crew also looks back on the team's valiant effort in its return to Paycom Center. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 25 – Welcoming JRE!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 40:52


    Jeremiah Robinson-Earl joins the show to discuss what he's learned during his rookie season, including the game within the game of setting screens, popping and rolling. The TBU crew also fills you in on everything else you need to know from a jam-packed week. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 24 – Throwing That First Punch

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 30:57


    The TBU crew recaps the recent East Coast road trip that was capped off by a 21-point win over Brooklyn where the Thunder threw the first jab and maintained a zero-to-zero mentality throughout the game en route to the win. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 23 – Youth, Bench Development

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 33:31


    Paris and Nick look back at the play of the Thunder reserves this week and break down a huge rebound and assist from rookie Tre Mann. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 22 – New Year, Same Pod!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 34:09


    Through recent adversity, the Thunder has shown resiliency and continued its development as multiple players have stepped up when called upon. Paris, Nick and Royce Young break down some of those performances. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 21 – Kenny Hustle Joins the Show!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 47:48


    Kenrich Williams joins the TBU crew to talk development and team resiliency. Paris and Nick also reflect back on recent wins over the Clippers and Grizzlies. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 20 – Special Guest: Christine Berney

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 44:59


    Thunder vice oresident of Community Engagement Christine Berney joins the pod to talk about the organization's efforts during Thunder Holiday Assist. The TBU crew also looks back on a wild finish Wednesday night at Paycom Center. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 19 – Musky Joins the Pod!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 44:42


    Thunder veteran Mike Muscala joins the TBU crew for some fun conversation and to look back on his game-winning shot in Toronto. Paris and Nick also discuss their favorite quotes and stats from the team the past week. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 18 – Coming Up Clutch

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 35:11


    The TBU crew is back in studio to recap the Thunder's exhilarating win over Toronto, which was capped off by big plays from SGA, Mike Muscala and Darius Bazley. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 17 – Chillin' In Toronto

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 30:06


    The TBU crew is on the road again – this time from chilly Toronto where the Thunder plays for the first time in two seasons Wednesday night – to recap some big performances in Monday night's comeback win at Detroit. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 16 – Parents of the Pod

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 33:25


    In this episode, Renee and Jim Stanley share their courtside experience with Drake during Wednesday night's game. Royce Young also joins Paris and Nick to recap the week in basketball. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 15 – Opportunities Ahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 32:44


    The TBU crew breaks down how younger players like Tre Mann will have their shot to grow and development as the team gets a chance to run it back Wednesday night against Houston. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 14 – Special Guest: Aaron Wiggins (with a side of Pun!)

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 60:46


    Join us for a special Thanksgiving themed episode (stuffed full of puns) as Aaron Wiggins joins the pod to discuss the early stages of his rookie season and the lessons he has learned between the Thunder and the Blue. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 13 – Home Recap With Royce

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 38:51


    Royce Young joins the TBU crew to share his observations on the team from the recent Thunder home stand. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 12 – Home Development

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 38:04


    The TBU crew takes a dive into how some of the team's young talent is using the current home stretch as an opportunity to develop and get better. We also break down Lu Dort's clutch steal and score that sealed the win Friday night against Sacramento. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

    Ep. 11 – Special Guest: Derrick Favors

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 46:59


    Derrick Favors joins the podcast to talk about his role as a Thunder veteran and the growth and development of the team. Paris and Nick also reflect on the win over the Pelicans. The Thunder Basketball Universe is presented by COOP Ale Works.

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