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Bennett agrees to pay former Sonics fans $1.6M
The owners of the Oklahoma City Thunder, formerly the Seattle SuperSonics, have agreed to pay former Sonics season-ticket holders $1.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit. Clay Bennett and his Professional Basketball Club, the ownership group that moved the Sonics to Oklahoma less than two years ago, reached the settlement agreement last month. It is awaiting approval from a federal judge in Seattle. About 1,000 former season-ticket holders complained that when the Sonics moved, the team reneged on a deal to let them renew their tickets at 2006-07 prices through 2010. The fans argued that if they had been allowed to transfer their tickets to Oklahoma City's Ford Center, where the team is now known as the Thunder, they could have then resold them at higher prices.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West will miss game with broken finger | Cleveland Cavaliers -
Cavaliers point guard Delonte West, who started his first game in place of injured Mo Williams on Thursday night against the Lakers, has a fractured left ring finger and will miss Saturday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at The Q.

Cleveland Cavs vs. OKC Thunder: Windhorst Beat Blog
The Lakers are tall, the Thunder are long. Very, very long. I was actually taken back when the Cavs played down in OKC last month just how long they are. What I mean is they have guys who have big wingspans. This was obviously a mission of GM Sam Presti in putting the team together. Westbrook is long, Durant is long, Green is long, Sefolosha is long, James Harden off the bench is long, backup forward Serge Ibaka is long. The point is they can bother teams with their length and make it hard to run offense. Without the two point guards, offense may be tough for the Cavs anyway.

Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook donates $1,000 per point to Haiti relief |
For every point Russell Westbrook scored Friday night at Memphis, $1,000 went to the Haiti relief fund. Westbrook finished with eight points, meaning he will contribute $8,000 to the relief efforts. Westbrook’s contribution was part of sports agency Wasserman Media Group’s attempt to raise and donate at least $500,000 to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF). Former President Bill Clinton announced the program during halftime of Friday’s ESPN’s broadcast of the Lakers-Knicks game. The Wasserman Media Group’s 47 NBA players donated either personal contributions or a designated sum per point they scored. Thunder center Etan Thomas, who is also represented by Wasserman Media Group, did not play Friday but donated $30,000 to Haiti relief efforts. "Everybody’s seen all the damage and all the things that have happened over there," Westbrook said. "So it’s always good to give what you have to the less fortunate. It’s a great cause."

5. Russell Westbrook | The 10 Best Young Point Guards in the NBA | Bleacher Report
Russell Westbrook has been extremely impressive since Christmas. He has drastically cut down on turnovers and is looking for his team mates more than ever. His defensive game is the most improved out of everything involving his game because of his increased focus and has quit playing lazy when his man doesn't have the ball. Once Westbrook has consistently forces less turnovers, conversation about him being an elite point guard will increase as much as his game will.

John Rohde: Thunder’s record helps Kevin Durant's case |
Starters for the 59th NBA All-Star Game were announced Thursday night and were determined by fan voting. Reserves will be chosen by the league’s 30 coaches, who will vote for seven players within their conference and must include one center, two forwards, two guards and two players regardless of position. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players. Presumably, this means Thunder coach Scott Brooks will be the only Western coach to not vote for Durant. Reserves will be announced Thursday. All-Star coaches and coaching staffs will be determined by the best record in each conference through games played Jan. 31. Tulsa
After months of anticipation, the new WNBA Tulsa franchise officially unveiled its identity today with the announcement of the new team name, logo and colors. The new franchise will be named the Tulsa Shock and its colors black, red and gold. The logo features a basketball on top of "Tulsa Shock" with a lightning bolt through it. The "Tulsa" lettering has an Art Deco inspiration which was influenced by the city’s rich history in Art Deco architecture. The Tulsa Shock, formerly the Detroit Shock, moved to Tulsa in October 2009. In November, the team decided on a short list of three potential names which included Fire, Tempo and Shock and then gave the fans an opportunity to vote for their favorite on the team’s Web site – The name "Shock" received the highest amount of votes with 38 percent. Tempo finished second with 32 percent and Fire was third with 30 percent.

Pluto: The Soul’s Evolution Through Relationships - by Jeff Green