The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel took questions from readers in today’s Power Lunch Chat. Take a look at today’s Q&A and join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Read the complete chat recap here.
More passionate than a cry baby. But he's not just passionate. He's immature. He loses his head. He basically throws a fit. I mean, last night, he melts down with a 20-point lead and having played very well. It makes no sense. But emotional problems are not sense-based.
I would guess that Westbrook was upset about something off the court and was already a pool of gasoline. The Thabo incident was just the match that sparked the blaze. Your thoughts?
I think you're probably wrong. Looks to me like small things set him off. He plays cool for long stretches, then blows his stack. I think he's just emotionally immature.
Are there any moves out there you would like the Thunder to make? Players to target?
J.J. Barea. As I've written, the Thunder could trade Perry Jones, Eric Maynor and the Dallas draft pick, which will probably be around 20th, to Minnesota for Barea. Reggie Jackson has potential, but the Thunder could use some stability off the bench. I love Barea, and he comes rather cheap ($4.5 million this year and next).
Is there a chemistry issue with the Thunder? Does it go back to Harden?
No, I don't think Harden was the glue guy. Westbrook was pulling some of this stuff in years past. I don't think there's a chemistry issue, but there are some who believe the Thunder is getting weary of having to carry Westbrook's emotional weight. It's potentially a problem.
Will OU's football team be ranked in the top 25 at the start of next season?
Heck, yeah. Probably about 15th. Do you know how tough it is to find teams to fill out the last 6-7 spots in a poll. Top 25 is ridiculous. Top 20 was plenty.
Rumors on the Sports Animal that Mangino may be coming back. Any truth to that? And if so, why?
Well, I've heard the same rumors, but we'll see. The reason you bring back Mangino is he's a heck of a coach, and Stoops is trying to rekindle the magic. Of course, there's no opening right now. That could change. Stoops fired a coach last year for the first time ever. He could do the same.