The Oklahoman's sports editor Mike Sherman took questions from readers in today's Power Lunch Chat. You can read the complete transcript here. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m.
Quarterback controversy for Oklahoma State?
In whose mind? Fans? Not yet. And the conditions aren't really ripe for one. Beat Texas and Walsh's case would have been strengthened. But what's the longest Lunt could be out? Open week, at Kansas, Iowa State at home. Let's just say Lunt stays out for that stretch and Walsh leads the Cowboys to victory in all three. I don't see how that leaves him with a strong case for replacing Lunt. Any chance of making Gundy's choice a tough one diminished greatly Saturday.
Do you see any Sooners leaving early for the 2013 NFL draft?
I guess there could be a scenario in which Damien Williams' productions increases dramatically and he becomes a 1,500-yard rusher, pushing him into the second or third round. It's possible he could go under those circumstances. Who knows. Running backs from Florida Atlantic are becoming lead backs in the NFL right now. Why couldn't Williams and would he even need more production at OU?
Is James Harden the next Joe Johnson? A pretty good player with a (soon to be) horrid contract.
Interesting analogy, but I don't think it fits. Joe Johnson is a scorer who really doesn't create much for anyone else. Harden's skills at elevating the play of those around him is his most valuable trait. He certainly didn't display it in the NBA Finals, but the Thunder would not have made the Finals without him.
Joe Johnson hasn't delivered like that in the postseason. Johnson is a better scorer. For my money, Harden, potentially, is a better player. That said, he could be playing for a max contract in Phoenix next year and we'll see how well he can carry a team without Durant and Westbrook. Max contracts to someone who hasn't made an NBA All-Star team seems a little risky.
Do you think Texas has any shot at beating West Virginia?
Absolutely. Baylor nearly beat the Mountaineers in Morgantown. WVU needed a near-historic game from its quarterback to beat Baylor at home. So of course Texas has a shot. West Virginia made Maryland's freshman quarterback look dangerous, made Robert Griffin's backup look like Tom Brady. This might be just what David Ash needs to get critics off his case once and for all. I thought he was pretty dang good in Stillwater Saturday.
Do you think the Thunder has a better chance to beat the Lakers with Serge and Perk than with Harden and Perk? Do you think that Presti agrees since he signed Serge to an extension first?
Sam Presti is consistent in his belief that defense wins. That's that statement made by the signing of Ibaka, whose ceiling hasn't even begun to be approached. So I'd say yes, Presti believes the Thunder has a better chance to beat the Lakers with Ibaka than Harden, if you have to choose one.