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Darnell Mayberry: Thunder's Russell Westbrook is a lock to make NBA All-Star team

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: January 14, 2011 at 11:48 am •  Published: January 14, 2011

The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports

On Russell Westbrook making the 2011 NBA All-Star team:

Yes. He's become just as much a part of opposing coaches' game plans as Kevin Durant. And although Westbrook won't get voted in as a starter by the fans, the Western Conference coaches who select the West's reserves know how good he's been this year.

On the national media's perception of Oklahoma City and the Thunder:

Every media member that I run into loves this team. And I mean everything about this team. It's rare that I hear a negative word about the roster, coaching or front office. The national guys know that this team is not a finished product and that there are weaknesses that need to be addressed. But I think they view it as more of a long term project and are more impressed with how it's coming together as opposed to the same old quick fix type of agendas that many organizations look to have. Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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