Thunder Ditch TNT Postgame Interview for Local Broadcast After Win vs. Pelicans

Things got a bit awkward on the national broadcast.
Thunder teammates join Josh Giddey for a postgame interview on Bally Sports Oklahoma.
Thunder teammates join Josh Giddey for a postgame interview on Bally Sports Oklahoma. / Screengrab via Bally Sports
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Oklahoma City Thunder second-year forward Jalen Williams was set to join reporter Allie LaForce on the TNT broadcast following the 106–85 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday.

Until he wasn't.

To TNT's surprise, Williams walked away just as the live interview was about to begin, leaving LaForce by herself with a microphone. It was an awkward moment on the broadcast, although LaForce handled it like a pro.

Play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan chimed in as the TNT cameras pivoted to a shot of the team interview with Bally Sports Oklahoma's Nick Gallo.

It was a much different interview experience on Bally Sports Oklahoma.

Gallo chatted with guard Josh Giddey as his Thunder teammates—including Williams—listened in, just as they have many times throughout the regular season.

The Thunder took a 3–0 series lead over the Pelicans and are one win away from advancing to the second round to face either the Dallas Mavericks or Los Angeles Clippers.

If they finish off the sweep Monday at Smoothie King Center, it'll mark the final local broadcast of the season on Bally Sports Oklahoma. TNT, ESPN and ABC are scheduled to televise every game for the rest of the playoff bracket.

Tom Dierberger


Tom Dierberger is a writer and editor for the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Tom joined SI in 2023 after stints at FOX Sports, Bally Sports, and NBC Sports. In his spare time, Tom can be seen throwing out his arm while playing fetch with his dog, Walter B. Boy.