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The Daily Thunder Podcast

The Daily Thunder Podcast

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Beat writer Brandon Rahbar and Daily Thunder contributors host the weekly mega podcast and shorter dispatches as the season unfolds. Come for the news, rumors, and Thunder nuggets, stay for the special guests, games, and nonsense.
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THE COMEBACK KIDS STRIKE CHICAGO AGAIN!
Host Ryan Woods is joined by DT contributor Ian for a breakdown of tonight's stunning 22-point comeback win against Billy Donovan and the Chicago Bulls + Ian and Ryan discuss OKC's options going forward and players they like in the upcoming NBA Draft! As always, thanks for listening! 
44:12
January 16, 2021
Trust the PrOKCess with Andrew Unterberger
In this episode, Brandon chats with Deputy Editor of Billboard Magazine and 76ers Trust the Process thought leader Andrew Unterberger about the similarities and differences he sees between the Thunder and the 76ers rebuilding processes. We also open up the DT mailbag and answer all your burning questions about tanking and trades. Twitter: Andrew | Brandon | Rachael Thanks for listening! Please don’t forget to leave us a review!
27:13
January 15, 2021
The Tank Rolls On! OKC Falls to L.A. at Home
Daily Thunder Senior Writer, Olivia Panchal, stops by to discuss the Thunder's 128-99 loss to the Lakers + Olivia and Ryan give their take on Oklahoma City's new uniforms. As always, thanks for listening!
11:03
January 14, 2021
OKC Out-Tanks San Antonio at Home!
Host Ryan Woods and Beat Writer Brandon Rahbar discuss the Thunder's loss to the Spurs + some thoughts on a bombshell James Harden Press Conference and what it could mean for OKC.
17:44
January 13, 2021
KD gets Thunderstruck in Brooklyn
Host Ryan Woods is joined by special guest JD from Welcome to Loud City to discuss Oklahoma City's 4th win in 5 games.
22:17
January 11, 2021
Shai and Diallo Stiff Arm the Tank at Madison Square
Recapping the Thunder's 101-89 victory over the Knicks with host Ryan Woods and beat writer Brandon Rahbar
14:19
January 9, 2021
Thunder Avenges Pelicans Blow Out: But at What Cost?
Podcast Host Ryan Woods and Beat Writer Brandon Rahbar discuss OKC's 111-110 win over the Pelicans. Come for the praise of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley and Lu Dort, stay for the agonizing over the future draft pick.
13:53
January 7, 2021
Young Thunder Three are Good, but Heat's 3s are Better.
Daily Thunder Podcast Host Ryan Woods breaks down the OKC's blow out loss to the Miami Heat. 
11:44
January 5, 2021
Darius Double Double Leads OKC Over Orlando
Host Ryan Woods and Beat Writer Brandon Rahbar discuss the young core of Darius Bazley, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Lu Dort and Theo Maledon's play in leading the Thunder to a road win over the Magic. Ryan and Brandon also answer Twitter questions about tanking and OKC's winning culture.
19:41
January 3, 2021
Steven Adams Returns to OKC, Mate.
Daily Thunder Beat Writer Brandon Rahbar with a rapid 7 minute recap of beloved former Thunder player Steven Adams' first game back and his Pelicans' route of OKC.
07:02
January 1, 2021
Thunder U Play Like Upperclassmen in 118-107 Loss to Magic
Host Ryan Woods and Beat Writer Brandon Rahbar are impressed with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Isaiah Roby, and Lu Dort in the Thunder's close loss to the undefeated Orlando Magic.
12:32
December 30, 2020
The Perfect OKC Game: Thunder Loses By 1 to the Jazz
Beat Writer Brandon Rahbar and Host Ryan Woods explain why the Thunder's 110-109 loss to the Jazz was the perfect game.
15:59
December 29, 2020
Thunder Beat Hornets to Start 1-0: Yay?
Ryan Woods and Brandon Rahbar break down the Oklahoma City Thunder's opening night win against the Charlotte Hornets.
21:10
December 27, 2020
2020-2021 Thunder Season Predictions
Basketball is back and this week Brandon and our friends from around Thunder media are giving their bold predictions for the upcoming season. Guests include Addam Francisco (The Suave Report), Brady Trantham (The Franchise), Cray Allred (Daily Thunder), Erik Gee (The Sports Animal – Tulsa), Jacob Kniffen (The Uncontested Podcast), Nick Crain (Forbes), and Rylan Stiles (Locked on Thunder Podcast).
17:45
December 26, 2020
Thunder basketball is back! OKC rookies ice the Spurs 121-108.
Daily Thunder beat writer Brandon Rahbar and Daily Thunder contributor Ryan Woods discuss Shai, Poku, Maledon and the new look Thunder's first preseason game. 
18:40
December 13, 2020
Dispatch: First Round Wrap
Cray Allred breaks down the most significant events from draft night for the Thunder and Daily Thunder. Check out the Twitter replay broadcast for how we reacted to OKC's wheeling and dealing in the moment.
19:48
November 19, 2020
Dispatch: Mock Draft War Room
Brandon Rahbar, Dom Flaim, and Justin Hickey get in character to act out what the Thunder's draft war room might produce. Music via Yons.
17:21
November 18, 2020
Dispatch: New Coach Who Dis?
Brandon Rahbar and Olivia Panchal react to the latest Thunder action. Music via Yons.
16:51
November 13, 2020
Season Review
Brandon Rahbar is joined by Olivia Panchal and Ryan Woods to digest the Thunder season and look ahead.
31:41
September 22, 2020
Dispatch: Thunder's Bubble Burst in Game 7
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder/Rockets action. Music via Yons.
28:47
September 3, 2020
Dispatch: CP3 Clutch Heroics Save OKC in Game 6 Win
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder/Rockets action. Music via Yons.
23:41
September 1, 2020
Dispatch: Rockets Headbutt Thunder 114-80 in Game 5.
Brandon Rahbar reacts to the latest Thunder/Rockets action. Music via Yons.
12:46
August 30, 2020
Dispatch: Thunder's Three Guards Greater Than Rocket's Three Balls in Game 4.
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder/Rockets action. Music via Yons.
22:05
August 25, 2020
Dispatch: Thunder Clutch Continues in Game 3 OT Win
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder/Rockets action. Music via Yons.
22:50
August 23, 2020
Dispatch: Shai Shines, Dort D Dazzles, Thunder Thumped in Game 2
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder/Rockets action. Music via Yons.
22:28
August 21, 2020
Dispatch: Russless Rockets Blast Thunder 123-108 in Game 1
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder/Rockets action. Music via Yons.
20:42
August 19, 2020
Dispatch: Bazley Leads Comeback Against Heat + Thunder vs Rockets
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder action. Music via Yons.
17:38
August 13, 2020
Dispatch: Bazley Stays Hot But Suns Shine Brighter
Brandon Rahbar and Rachael Jamison react to the latest Thunder action. Music via Yons.
10:19
August 11, 2020
Dispatch: Bazley Busts Out Against Bubble Winless Wizards
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder action. Music via Yons.
13:30
August 10, 2020
Dispatch: Grizzlies Shock Shorthanded Thunder
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder action. Music via Yons.
18:18
August 8, 2020
Dispatch: Thunder Throttle LeBron's Lakers
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder action. Music via Yons.
13:47
August 6, 2020
Dispatch: The two extremes of Thunder basketball with Ian Kayanja
Ian Kayanja drops in with the latest from Daily Thunder. Music via Yons.
10:12
August 5, 2020
Dispatch: Nuggets Loss Reaction
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder action. Music via Yons.
15:30
August 4, 2020
Dispatch: Finally Beating the Jazz
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder action. Music via Yons.
18:50
August 2, 2020
Dispatch: Fans from the United Nations of Thunder
Ryan Novozinsky speaks with OKC fans from New Zealand and South Korea who offered their perspective for our recent United Nations of Thunder features at Daily Thunder. Music via Yons & Bknapp.
06:59
July 31, 2020
Dispatch: Blazers Scrimmage
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods react to the latest Thunder action. Music via Yons.
15:20
July 29, 2020
Dispatch: Sixers Scrimmage
Brandon Rahbar and Ryan Woods recap the Thunder comeback victory in their latest scrimmage.
16:29
July 27, 2020
Dispatch: Scrimmage Reaction
Ryan Woods joins Brandon Rahbar to react to the Thunder's first game in Orlando.
16:38
July 25, 2020
Tune In to SportsToons
On this episode, we’re getting to know the man behind Sportstoons, Steve Hill. Not only is he an amazingly clever and talented artist, but he has also served as Chief of Staff for the Oklahoma City Mayor for the past decade. Brandon chats with Steve about his history of drawing editorial cartoons and eclectic career, his favorite Thunder player to draw, and his thoughts on the Thunder this season. Then we’re chatting with Daily Thunder contributor Ryan Woods about the return of Andre Roberson, SGA’s rumored leap, and his predictions for the rest of this season. Show links: Ryan’s DT archive Twitter: Steve| Ryan | Brandon | Rachael Thanks for listening! Please don’t forget to leave us a review!
39:11
July 23, 2020
Jon Hamm & the NBA's Return
It’s happening! The Thunder have arrived in Orlando and our featured guest Jon Hamm is helping us sort out what life looks like inside the bubble and what we can expect looking forward. We’re also talking with DT contributor Ian Kayanja about his new column Above the Noise. In this episode we chat about: New rules and regulations for players and staff inside the bubble What happens when a player contracts COVID The potential ripple effects of changes to the CBA How the changes will affect free agency What moves Thunder fans should expect in the offseason What could be the return of a sign and trade on Gallo The return of Dre Show links: Above the Noise: Eight Games in Orlando Ian’s DT archive Twitter: Jon | Ian | Brandon | Rachael Thanks for listening! Please don’t forget to leave us a review!
38:08
July 11, 2020
Dan Favale
Our featured guest this week is Bleacher Report’s, Dan Favale. He and Brandon are breaking down the NBA math on power rankings and if Dan expects any changes when the season resumes, how the Thunder and Presti can run the NBA this offseason, what kind of package might be available for CP3 from the Knicks, and Dennis Schröder’s bid for 6MÖY. Then Forbes writer Nick Crane and DT owner (and former corporate bankruptcy lawyer) John Napier discuss what the future might look like for Chesapeake Energy and their arena naming rights. Show links: Dan's BR archive Chesapeake Energy’s Bankruptcy: What It Means for the Thunder Twitter: Dan | Nick | John | Brandon | Rachael Thanks for listening! Please don’t forget to leave us a review!
51:25
June 25, 2020
Top 5 Most Heartbreaking Games in Thunder History with Jerry Ramsey
Get out some tissues and a pint of ice cream because this week Brandon and 107.7 The Franchise’s Jerry Ramsey are counting down their top 5 most heartbreaking games in Thunder history and sharing some heartbreaking love stories from their own lives as well. Then we share a story from DT contributor Ryan Novozinsky about the Thunder supplying COVID masks to essential workers in Oklahoma. Twitter: Jerry | Ryan | Brandon | Rachael Thanks for listening! Please don’t forget to leave us a review! Subscription hub: Apple Podcasts – Anchor – Spotify – Pocket Casts – Google Podcasts – Overcast – Stitcher – Breaker – RadioPublic – RSS
56:13
June 11, 2020
Mark Medina
The NBA is back, baby! Brandon discusses what the 22-team plan to resume the season in Orlando looks like for the Thunder. Then he talks with USA Today’s national NBA writer Mark Medina about the shift in perception of Chris Paul, LA’s history with the Thunder, and adding Kobe to the GOAT conversation. He also chats with DT contributor Logan Meyer about his recent articles breaking down the fan-voted top 5 best teams in Thunder history, the organization’s knack improving players on and off the court, and why everyone is down to Dort. · Why it seems people have changed their minds about CP3 since joining the Thunder · LA’s many history-altering intersections with the Thunder · Who deserves to the be in the NBA GOAT discussion · Fan-voted best Thunder squads · How the Thunder consistently improve players reputations on and off the court · The rise of Lu Dort Show links: Best Squad Ever? How the Thunder Stack Up Against Other Fan Favorites in OKC History Oklahoma City: The Land of Basketball Second Chances The Legend of Lu Dort: A True Cult Hero Mark Medina’s USA Today archive Logan Meyer’s DT archive Twitter: Mark | Logan | Brandon | Rachael Thanks for listening! Please don’t forget to leave us a review!
34:25
June 4, 2020
Ben Golliver
In this episode, Brandon Rahbar welcomes The Washington Post’s National NBA Writer and co-host of Sports Illustrated’s Open Floor podcast, Ben Golliver. They discuss Ben’s recent interview with Kevin Durant about his new documentary, Russell Westbrook and CP3 play style comparisons, the potential return of the NBA, possible future Thunder draft picks, and more. The ominous sign Ben got of KD’s departure while covering game 6 against the Warriors Talking with KD about his new Showtime documentary Basketball County: In the Water and his COVID-19 diagnosis The ideas for and potential dangers of resuming the NBA Playing with purpose (i.e. Russell Westbrook) vs. playing with a purpose (i.e. Chris Paul) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s potential as a future All-Star Why Sam Presti should hands-down be the NBA Executive of the Year Bronny and the Thunder’s future draft picks CP3’s future – trade him or run it back? The positive impact of COVID-19 on the appeal of small markets Ben’s favorite Oklahoma discovery Show links: Greatest of All Talk podcast KD traces Prince George’s County’s rich, supportive basketball history in new film Ben Golliver’s WP archive Twitter: Ben | Brandon | Rachael Thanks for listening! Please don’t forget to leave us a review!
39:54
May 28, 2020
Royce Young
Brandon Rahbar welcomes the man himself, Royce Young, to the show. Royce covers the Thunder and NBA at large for ESPN, but he's known around these parts as the founder and builder of Daily Thunder's name and stature in the blogosphere. He talks: Royce's history with Daily Thunder and view as an emeritus Looking back on the Thunder's ascent to a successful but championshipless run Placing the 2019-20 squad in the context of all Thunder teams What the Thunder players are up to as the NBA starts to tip-toe its way to resumption of play Andre Roberson's prospects of returning from injury this year Will OKC start breaking up the roster this offseason? Will Chris Paul be moveable? Show links: Twitter: Royce, Brandon, Rachael Thanks for listening, and drop a review to get read on the show!
30:46
May 22, 2020
The Daily Thunder Coronavirus Podcast Summit
Along with much of the NBA world in recent days, Brandon Rahbar scrapped our scheduled plans in order to bring the Daily Thunder’s brain trust together to discuss all things COVID-19: Olivia Panchal’s (Daily Thunder senior writer and med school admittee) actual medical insight The reactions from Olivia, Brandon, and co-owners Cray Allred and John Napier to Rudy Gobert’s behavior, the NBA season’s potential to resume, and what this all means for the Thunder and Thunder fans A message to Daily Thunder’s readers on what to expect from the site moving forward
27:41
March 13, 2020
Danilo Gallinari
This week, Thunder starting power forward Danilo Gallinari joins us to break down what has been a crazy, unexpected season for him in Oklahoma City. The sharpshooter gave us his thoughts about remaining in OKC despite a touch-and-go trade season, his belief in the Thunder as a playoff force, the possibility of sticking around beyond this summer (when he becomes an unrestricted free agent), and the biggest scoop of all: does Gallinari photoshop his own memes? DANILOOOOON'T miss it! Twitter: Danilo, Brandon, Rachael For more DT content, including bonus podcast segments, the Weekend Edition newsletter and more, join us at patreon.com/dailythunder.
11:42
February 24, 2020
The 2020 Fall-Stars with Jerry Ramsey
This week we're chatting with the one and only Jerry Ramsey, aka TV’s Jerry Ramsey. You can hear him every weekday from noon-3pm on 107.7 The Franchise. He's a Franchise Player, he’s a producer, he’s a Thunder post-game host and he hosts his own podcast titled The Intimate. We will talk all things All-Star break, including unveiling Jerry’s picks for this season’s Fall-Stars! Twitter: Jerry, Brandon, Rachael For more DT content, including bonus podcast segments, the Weekend Edition and more, join us at patreon.com/dailythunder.
31:05
February 20, 2020
Jon Hamm Explains EVERYTHING
This week our featured guest is Jon Hamm, an NBA Insider for 107.7 The Franchise, as well as one of the hosts of the OKC Dream Team and Thunder After Dark podcasts. He’s the NBA salary cap guru, so we are gonna drill him with all the questions we’ve been wondering about OKC’s salary cap and luxury tax situation. We also have your Twitter questions for Jon, then he goes head to head with our host Brandon Rahbar in the Lightning Bolts trivia contest. Twitter: Jon, Brandon, Rachael Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a rating on Apple Podcasts. For more DT content, including bonus podcast segments, the Weekend Edition and more, join us at patreon.com/dailythunder.
39:39
February 13, 2020
Daily Thunder Presents: Reddit AMA
This week we are hosting a Reddit AMA! Host Brandon Rahbar is talking to Thunder subreddit moderator Justin (a.k.a. u/selddir_) and asking him a slew of Thunder questions AMA Style, from who's got the saltiest fan base to lurking players. We’ve also compiled AMA questions to us from the Thunder subreddit and we've got some Thunder-themed betting advice like you’ve never heard before from The Tipoff YouTube channel. SHOW LINKS: Thunder subreddit The Tipoff Twitter: Brandon, Rachael Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a rating on Apple Podcasts. For more DT content, including bonus podcast segments, the Weekend Edition and more, join us at patreon.com/dailythunder.
24:44
February 10, 2020
The Mayor and the Mamba
We are incredibly excited about our guest this week, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. Not only is he one of the greatest leaders in our city's history, but he’s also one of the most passionate and knowledgeable Thunder fans you’ll ever meet.   Our host Brandon Rahbar sat down with Mayor Holt to chat about this year’s OKC Thunder, the relationship between team and city, the global impact of having an NBA team in Oklahoma, the Bombing Memorial city edition Thunder jerseys, and his thoughts on the passing of two NBA icons in David Stern and Kobe Bryant.  We’ve also put together a stirring Oklahoma City-themed tribute to Kobe Bryant, with favorite Mamba memories from OKC fans, along with some of the legendary Laker’s thoughts throughout the years of this Thunder team.  TWITTER: Mayor David Holt, Brandon, Rachael Thanks for listening! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating on Apple Podcasts. For more DT content, including bonus podcast segments, the Weekend Edition and more, join us at patreon.com/dailythunder.
44:21
January 30, 2020
Happy Anniversary, Daily Thunder
DailyThunder.com officially launched January 20, 2009, so on this episode, we're celebrating 11 years of bringing the Thunder... daily. Our featured guest is Daily Thunder contributing writer, Dom. That’s it. Dom. He’s the one name diva of the DT family like Prince or Lizzo. We recap the Thunder's Monday night win over the Rockets and discuss the rise of Steven Adams. Then, we will open the Daily Thunder mailbag (which is mostly full of trade deadline questions) and we celebrate Daily Thunder’s anniversary with a 2009 Thunder trivia showdown between DT publisher John Napier and senior writer Olivia Panchal. SHOW LINKS: The Rise of Steven Adams Dom's DT archive Twitter: Brandon, Dom, Rachael Thanks for listening! Don't forget to subscribe and leave us a rating on Apple Podcasts. For more DT content, including bonus podcast segments, the Weekend Edition and more, join us at patreon.com/dailythunder.
38:26
January 22, 2020
Thunder Mid-Season Awards with Andrew Schlecht
We're 41 games into the season, so this week we're handing out Thunder Mid-Season Awards with host and producer of The Athletic's Down to Dunk podcast and the OKC Dream Team, Andrew Schlecht. We discuss our picks for Best Offensive Player, Best Defensive Player, Player Who Has Most Increased Their Trade Value, Best Steven Adams quote, Best Play and many more.  We also share who Thunder fans told us their pick is for mid-season MVP. Twitter: Brandon, Andrew, Rachael Thanks for listening!
50:52
January 17, 2020
Russ Returns to OKC with David Brandon
Thursday was a historic night in OKC as Russell Westbrook returned to Chesapeake Arena for the first time not wearing a Thunder uniform. In this episode, Brandon Rahbar gives his takeaways from the big night and we'll share what Thunder fans told us about what they love about Russ.  Brandon also chats with Daily Thunder writer David Brandon about Russ' return, his contributions on and off the court, and the surprising performance of the new squad.  Then Brandon and producer Rachael Jamison open up the mailbag to answer your questions about trade deadline strategies, player performance and Brandon's friendly rivalry with DT's Olivia Panchal.  Show links: The Russ vs. OKC recap Westbrook Week content David's DT archive Twitter: Brandon, David, Rachael Thanks for listening!
40:06
January 10, 2020
Jesse James Larch
Brandon Rahbar welcomes Jesse James Larch of Garbage into Gold: A Sixers Podcast to talk 76ers/Thunder ahead of their matchup: How does the Thunder’s rebuild compare with the Sixers “Process”? If they do eventually tank, will OKC be as scrutinized as Sam Hinkie and Philly were? The Game 36 matchup: how the teams stack up and the different complexion of the rivalry this season Then Brandon and producer Rachael Jamison run down their top-19(ish) moments of 2019, before being joined by Spenser Davis (Daily Thunder, Dallas Morning News) to talk about the best prospects of the 2020 NBA Draft, whether the Thunder will even pick in the lottery, and whether/how Oklahoma City could build around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Show links: Garbage into Gold Dear Sixers Fans… from Daily Thunder Dear Thunder Fans… from Sixers Nation Spenser’s DT archive Spenser’s Pod on the Prairie podcast Twitter: Brandon, Jesse, Spenser, Rachael Thanks for listening!
49:16
January 3, 2020
Tyler Parker
On the inaugural episode of the official Daily Thunder podcast, Brandon Rahbar is joined by Ringer writer Tyler Parker and Olivia Panchal for Thunder talk and Thunder games.
43:37
December 19, 2019