Thunder Buddies podcast: Enes Kanter talks about his father’s arrest

Enes Kanter said he wants the world to know what's going on in Turkey. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Enes Kanter said he wants the world to know what’s going on in Turkey. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted,’ but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder.

Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes/Apple Podcasts for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy:

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.


Thunder Buddies – Previewing the NBA Finals and more – The wait is over. The NBA Finals are finally here. What will a win or loss do for Kevin Durant? What are the key matchups? Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel discuss, plus Thunder topics including more on “Can’t Play Kanter” and OKC’s 3-point problem.

Thunder Buddies – Enes Kanter and the NBA Playoffs – Enes Kanter is back in the United States after his passport was revoked and he was detained in Romania. Berry Tramel, Brett Dawson and Erik Horne talk about the fallout and the possible impact on Kanter’s trade value this offseason. Plus: The NBA Playoffs near their inevitable Warriors-Cavaliers III conclusion. Can LeBron James spring another upset?

Thunder Buddies – Draft, Baby Westbrook and the Playoffs Talking Draft Lottery and how it affects the Thunder – Boston has the No. 1 pick in a loaded NBA Draft (June 26). What does the depth of talent mean for the Thunder at No. 21? Berry Tramel, Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss the draft lottery, and their takes on Russell Westbrook’s baby name and the snoozefest NBA Playoffs so far.

Thunder Buddies – Myth busting, free agency and the NBA Playoffs with Jon Hamm – Thunder Buddies Brett Dawson and Erik Horne go into overtime, welcoming salary cap guru Jon Hamm to the podcast to de-bunk some Thunder myths, throw around some free agency hypotheticals and talk about the current state of the NBA postseason being dominated by Cleveland and Golden State

Thunder Buddies – Decoding Sam Presti’s press conference – What stood out about Thunder general manager Sam Presti’s press conference? Berry Tramel, Erik Horne and Brett Dawson discuss, and debate the value of the Oladipo/Adams extensions, the season of Alex Abrines and the worth of Andre Roberson in free agency.

Thunder Buddies – Recapping Game 5 and the end of the OKC season – The Thunder’s season ended in Houston on Tuesday. What happened in the closing game and what’s next for OKC? Brett Dawson, Berry Tramel and Erik Horne discuss the series, the young Thunder players and the Russell Westbrook Experience.

Thunder Buddies – Recapping the Thunder’s Game 4 loss to the Rockets – It was another wild finish in the Thunder-Rockets series on Sunday. This time, it was marked by key mistakes on both sides, namely the Thunder. Brett Dawson, Berry Tramel and Erik Horne discuss the fourth quarter plus Russell Westbrook’s halftime triple-double, Jerami Grant’s contributions, why Victor Oladipo isn’t running the second unit, and more.

Thunder Buddies – Discussing the Russell Westbrook Game 4 postgame press conference – Following the Thunder’s loss to the Rockets in Game 4, The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel attempted to ask Steven Adams a question. Russell Westbrook stepped in. Tramel discusses the scene along with Erik Horne and Brett Dawson.

Thunder Buddies – Recapping OKC’s bounce back in Game 3 – It’s officially a series after the Thunder received big performances against the Rockets back at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Brett Dawson, Berry Tramel and Erik Horne run through the standout performances from Friday night and the changes made from Houston to Oklahoma City.

Thunder Buddies – The good, bad and ugly of Thunder-Rockets Game 2 A double-digit lead blown. Eighteen fourth-quarter shots. A promising start. A triple-double. Foul trouble. Funky lineups. Game 2 in Houston had it all and Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel discuss what worked and what went wrong for the Thunder against the Rockets on Wednesday night.

Thunder Buddies – What does OKC need to fix after Game 1? – The Thunder’s playoff road has started rough against Houston. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel pose their questions for the Thunder after a 118-87 loss to the Rockets, and recap James Harden taking Round 1 over Russell Westbrook.

Thunder Buddies – Regular-season wrap and Westbrook’s MVP case – Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel close the regular-season with their thoughts on Russell Westbrook’s wild close to the season, their MVP thoughts and recapping the triple-double chase and Oscar Robertson’s arrival in OKC.

Thunder Buddies – Triple Russell – Thunder beat writer Erik Horne joins from a famous Memphis BBQ spot to talk with fellow beat writer Brett Dawson and columnist Berry Tramel talk about Russell Westbrook’s record-tying triple-double and the emotional response that followed. Plus, a look at where the Thunder stands heading into the season’s home stretch, which takes place mostly on the road. 

Thunder Buddies – Can Westbrook Catch The Big O? – Nine games to go. Can Russell Westbrook catch Oscar Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles? Brett Dawson, Jenni Carlson and Erik Horne sit down to discuss, plus discussion on the Thunder’s defense, Billy Donovan’s rotations and oppressive Orlando heat.

Thunder Buddies – Warriors All 82 Crossover – The Warriors completed a season sweep of the Thunder with another blowout win. Erik Horne and Brett Dawson talk about that, and look ahead to the playoffs for both teams, with the Bay Area News Group’s Anthony Slater in a crossover episode with his Warriors All 82 Podcast.

Thunder Buddies – The Lineup Has Changed – Billy Donovan finally made the move, pushing Taj Gibson into the starting lineup. How did it work against the Spurs? Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss, plus dive into the Thunder’s defense, Russell Westbrook’s MVP race and the road ahead for the Thunder in the final 17 games.

Thunder Buddies – Discussing Russell Westbrook the MVP (and future father), the new guys and Norris Cole – Russell Westbrook has the Thunder on a superb streak in clutch games. How has it affected his MVP chances? Berry Tramel, Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss Westbrook’s brilliance and his impending fatherhood. Other topics: The Gibson/McDermott impact, the Thunder lineups, and newcomer Norris Cole.

Thunder Buddies – Talking with Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott – The Oklahoman sat down exclusively with Thunder trade deadline acquisitions Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott to talk about everything from their transition to Oklahoma City, to first dunks, to high school memories.

Thunder Buddies – Assessing the Trade Deadline – The Thunder made the splash of trade deadline day in the NBA. Welcome Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott. Brett Dawson, Jenni Carlson, and Erik Horne talk about the move, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook at the All-Star Game, and the Thunder’s final 25 games.

Thunder Buddies – Talking All-Star – Erik Horne is in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend, and he joins Brett Dawson and Jenni Carlson to talk about the All-Star Game and all the Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant drama that goes along with it. They talk All-Star and season MVP chances, Kendrick Perkins and The Oklahoman’s 3-point oral history project.

Thunder Buddies – Discussing Westbrook-Durant Round 3, KD’s return to OKC – Thunder Buddies Brett Dawson and Erik Horne bring Darnell Mayberry back to the show to talk about the most epic of double-digit Thunder losses, OKC’s 130-114 loss to Golden State, filled with storylines and one of the most amped crowds in recent memory.

Thunder Buddies – Talking KD’s return to OKC with Anthony Slater – The day has come. Kevin Durant will make his long-awaited return to Oklahoma City on Saturday with the Warriors. How will the response be? Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Jenni Carlson welcome back former Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater of the Bay Area News Group to discuss, plus we break down the latest in the Durant-Russell Westbrook saga.

Thunder Buddies – What changes need to be made in OKC? – Enes Kanter’s injury. The burden on Russell Westbrook. The upcoming trade deadline. The Thunder isn’t lost, but something needs to change. But what? Berry Tramel, Brett Dawson and Erik Horne talk about which direction the franchise should go and its recent three-game slump to Cleveland, San Antonio and Chicago.

Thunder Buddies – How does Enes Kanter’s injury affect OKC? – The Thunder is dealing with the loss of Enes Kanter for at least four weeks to a fractured right forearm. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel discuss the impact of the injury, as well as how it affects Russell Westbrook’s triple-double chase, the second unit, and the trade deadline.

Thunder Buddies – Was Russell Westbrook snubbed as an All-Star starter? – Thunder buddy Brett Dawson returns from a four-game road trip to talk with Erik Horne and Berry Tramel about Thunder-Warriors, Zaza Pachulia and the scene from Oakland. The trio also dives into Westbrook’s All-Star starting “snub,” the Thunder’s place in the Western Conference standings, and some interesting trade hypotheticals with Sacramento’s Rudy Gay out for the season.

Thunder Buddies – The OKC Show hits the Road – Russell Westbrook and Co. are well into the rugged road stretch of January. How have they fared so far? Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel discuss the state of the Thunder plus Enes Kanter’s improvement, Westbrook vs. Harden and possible Memphis beef.

Thunder Buddies podcast – Talking Russell Westbrook, Thunder trades and the NBA with Tim Bontemps – The Thunder is in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, as is Russell Westbrook for the MVP award. Erik Horne and Brett Dawson welcome Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post to discuss Westbrook’s MVP case and debate what kind of move OKC should make in the trade market.

Thunder Buddies – Alex Abrines’ Awakening? – With Cameron Payne and Victor Oladipo out, the Thunder needed a perimeter boost. They got one from Alex Abrines. Is it a one-time occurrence or can it continue? Thunder beat writers Erik Horne and Brett Dawson are joined by Berry Tramel to talk Abrines, the Payne/Oladipo “timetable” for return, and never being to Boston (seriously).

Thunder Buddies – How valuable is Victor Oladipo? – The Thunder Buddies are back but Victor Oladipo is down. The Thunder didn’t look good without him against Portland, not to mention Russell Westbrook had a night of intrigue completely unrelated to triple-doubles. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry discuss, plus look ahead to the Thunder’s upcoming schedule and Cameron Payne’s return.

Thunder Buddies – The Wonder of Westbrook and our quarter-season grades – Russell Westbrook is continuing his record-setting triple-double pace, but is there stat chasing going on? Berry Tramel, Brett Dawson and Erik Horne discuss, plus we explain our grades after 20 Thunder games on the offense, defense, bench and Billy Donovan.

Thunder Buddies — Russell Westbrook, Michael Jordan and Thunder struggles — Russell Westbrook is an Oklahoma Hall of Fame. His Airness himself inducted the Thunder star. Both had plenty to say in downtown Oklahoma City that night. Brett Dawson, Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry discuss and dive into the Thunder’s four-game slump and rebound win against Houston.

Thunder Buddies – Impressed with the Thunder’s start? – The Thunder had its best seven-game start in franchise history. What should we make of it? Brett Dawson, Darnell Mayberry and Erik Horne discuss, plus more on Jerami Grant’s arrival, the problem with hypothetical trades and the Durant-Westbrook Saga.

Thunder Buddies – The KD-Westbrook saga continues – Old friend Anthony Slater joins the Thunder Buddies in advance of the first of four Thunder-Warriors meetings to break down Kevin Durant’s recent comments about Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.

Thunder Buddies — Bold predictions for the 2016-17 season — The regular season starts Oct. 26 in Philadelphia. From Steven Adams’ rebounding to potential trades, Erik Horne and Brett Dawson give some bold Thunder predictions and debate how likely they are to happen.

Thunder Buddies — The Mid-Preseason Awards — Erik Horne and Brett Dawson invite Oklahoma City salary cap guru and basketball writer Jon Hamm to the podcast to talk Thunder preseason, including who’s impressed through three games.

Thunder Buddies — What to take from Spain? — The Thunder played two games in Spain to start the preseason against Real Madrid and Barcelona. There was an injury to Steven Adams. There was a rookie running with the starters. Erik Horne and Brett Dawson assess what to make (if anything) from the Thunder’s European adventure.

Thunder Buddies — What stood out in the Blue and White scrimmage? –Erik Horne and Brett Dawson discuss the annual Thunder Blue and White scrimmage.  For the first time, they got to see a very different Thunder roster actually play basketball.  Only so much can be seen in choppy scrimmage play, but there were a few standouts.

Thunder Buddies — Introducing Brett Dawson — We have a new Thunder Buddy! Darnell Mayberry and Erik Horne sit down with Brett Dawson, who joins The Oklahoman’s Thunder coverage team from the New Orleans Advocate. Brett dives into his background and passion to cover the NBA, and the Thunder Buddies preview Media Day.

Thunder Buddies — The final days of Mitch McGary? — What should the Thunder do with Mitch McGary? The third-year center’s future with the franchise looks to be rocky after another suspension. Berry Tramel, Darnell Mayberry and Erik Horne discuss McGary, Cameron Payne’s health and the summer of Kyle Singler.

Thunder Buddies — “King” Joffrey Cometh — The Thunder traded for Denver’s Joffrey Lauvergne, adding another power forward/center to the mix … and a 16th guaranteed contract. What will the French international bring to the Thunder and who’s the odd man out come Opening Night? Berry Tramel, Darnell Mayberry and Erik Horne discuss, plus talk Sam Presti at 10 years and tattoos of Rick James.

Thunder Buddies — Assessing the roster — The Thunder’s roster appears to be set at 15 players, but will there be more movement before training camp in late September? If not, who performance is most important to the Thunder’s success (besides Russell Westbrook)? Berry Tramel and Erik Horne discuss, and answer your Twitter questions.

Thunder Buddies — Breaking down OKC’s 2016-17 schedule — The NBA Schedule has finally dropped? How does it set up for the Thunder? Which games The Oklahoman’s staff most looking forward to? And what’s to make of Enes Kanter’s family situation?

Thunder Buddies — The Slater Sendoff Anthony Slater sits down for his final podcast as an employee at The Oklahoman (don’t worry, the Thunder Buddies podcast will still be around!) We discuss his favorite moments and stories during his three seasons covering the Thunder.

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