Berry Tramel: Russell Westbrook is a passionate player but emotionally immature at times

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.
by Berry Tramel Modified: February 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm •  Published: February 1, 2013
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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.

Is Westbrook a cry baby or just passionate on the court?

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).

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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