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Jenni Carlson: Sticking with Lakers-Bulls in NBA Finals

by Jenni Carlson Modified: April 22, 2011 at 11:45 am •  Published: April 22, 2011

The Oklahoman sports columnist Jenni Carlson 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 her NBA Finals prediction:

I believe before the playoffs started, I picked the Lakers and Bulls in the finals. I'm sticking with that. Even though the Lakers have shown weakness, they're still the Lakers. I'll pick them until a team beats them and proves me wrong.

On whether the Oklahoma City Thunder has a chance to win the NBA title:

Do they have a chance? Sure. Is it a good chance? No. This is a bunch that has never even won a playoff series. To me, you need more experience in today's NBA to make a run at the title. Could OKC get to the Western Conference finals? I could totally see that. Could it get to the NBA Finals? Eh. I'm not ready to make that leap just yet.

On whether OKC could bring back Jeff Green in the offseason:

I'm doubtful that happens. I guess anything is possible with Sam Presti, but I'd be even more surprised if they brought him back than I was when they let him go. Thunder Bandwagon Chat Recap: Jenni Carlson

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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