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Darnell Mayberry: Thunder has done a terrific job of developing young players

The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry took questions on the Oklahoma City Thunder today in his Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chat's Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013
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The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry took questions on the Oklahoma City Thunder today in his Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chat's Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of today's Q&A:

Darnell Mayberry 11:05 a.m. Greetings, ladies and gents.
Darnell Mayberry 11:05 a.m. Fire away.
Robert Horry 11:06 a.m. Thinking about going for number 7. You think Brooks would give me 10-15 minutes a game?
Darnell Mayberry 11:06 a.m. You still got intangibles?
Derek Fisher 11:07 a.m. The TV crew ranted and raved about me getting 2 rebounds Saturday. That's intangibles
Darnell Mayberry 11:07 a.m. That's what they get paid to do, keep everything positive and make the team look good no matter what. Some people love it. Some people hate it.
Nick 11:08 a.m. Thoughts on Heat beating Spurs with reserves?
Darnell Mayberry 11:08 a.m. Good win for Miami. I still hate it for the fans in San Antonio that didn't get to see LeBron and Wade the one time they played in San Antonio.
Parick 11:09 a.m. How do you feel about a lineup of Westbrook, K Mart, Brewer, Durant, and Ibaka *IF* OKC plays Miami in the Finals?
Darnell Mayberry 11:10 a.m. Seems like it has potential.
Justin 11:10 a.m. I am on the Reggie Jackson bandwagon. What do I need to do to get more PT for him? Go Tonya Harding on Fish?
Darnell Mayberry 11:10 a.m. Please no. No violence. Just wait until next year.
Guest 11:10 a.m. Was that a Heat payback for what the spurs did earlier?
Darnell Mayberry 11:11 a.m. In some ways it certainly seemed that way.
Brett 11:11 a.m. Our Toronto pick is within 1.5 games of being projected at #6, how awesome is this Raptors collapse?
Darnell Mayberry 11:12 a.m. Now you just got to hope they don't win the lottery and get in the top three.
Brett 11:12 a.m. Jazz, Lakers, Mavs. Who do you have getting the #8 seed? Schedule wise, Dallas looks like they have the easiest.
Darnell Mayberry 11:12 a.m. Haven't really studied the last eight games or so for each of those teams. But Utah is rolling.
Dave 11:13 a.m. Cody Zeller was blocked 6 times against Cuse. Draft him and we have Perk 2.0
Darnell Mayberry 11:13 a.m. Well, Zeller does run the floor well.
Patrick 11:13 a.m. 6 wins until 60 #Believe
Darnell Mayberry 11:15 a.m. I was studying that last night. You can see four wins in there (Spurs, Knicks, Kings and Bucks at home). Getting another two out of those remaining four road games (Indiana, Utah, Golden State and Portland) will be tough. This is going to be interesting.
Nick 11:16 a.m. Can't beliveve how bad Reddick looked. I thought he would be more impressive than that. I guess price tag could go down and Thunder could get another shooter cheaper. What i am talking about we have DFish.
Darnell Mayberry 11:17 a.m. Redick actually has been struggling with his shot. So that game and this recent stretch for him isn't really indicative of the type of player he is and can be.
lafowler255 11:18 a.m. Fishers mins go up or down in playoffs? If down who do you think grabs those?
Darnell Mayberry 11:19 a.m. There's no way I see his minutes going down.
NK 11:19 a.m. Is Brooks holding the Thunder back. It's clear he doesn't play his best 5 at times.
Darnell Mayberry 11:20 a.m. And yet the Thunder still has a chance to win 60 games. We'll see what happens in the playoffs this year and next year.
To ashamd to put name 11:20 a.m. Is Fisher max player?
Darnell Mayberry 11:21 a.m. Depends on who you ask.
NK 11:21 a.m. Amazes me how much the Spurs develop young players more than Thunder. Leonard would be leading 66ers to NBDL title.
Darnell Mayberry 11:22 a.m. Common misconception. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and James Harden didn't just become All-Stars overnight. Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones are developing. Cole Aldrich was improving before the trade. The Thunder has done a terrific job of developing players.
Nate 11:23 a.m. Does Reggie Jackson remind u of harden, circa 2010-2011?
Darnell Mayberry 11:24 a.m. I've only said that for the last two months. Not sure if it's circa 2010-11 or 2009-10. Probably the former. Whatever year his teammates and coaches all yelled at him and screamed at him to move the ball instead of trusting he knew exactly what he was doing and was setting up plays.
Justin 11:24 a.m. Could you imagine how good the team could be if they played 5 on 5 on offense and not 3 on 5 at times? And don't say defense because their defense has stunk second half of season
Darnell Mayberry 11:25 a.m. We've seen 5 on 5 at times, and when we do the Thunder looks terrific.
Nax 11:26 a.m. Have you sensed any negativity from the guys getting shuffled back and forth to Tulsa?
Darnell Mayberry 11:27 a.m. Not really. An Orlando reporter spoke with Lamb when we were out that way and said Lamb sounded pretty disappointed. But I wouldn't read much into it. I think all those guys understand the position they're in, even if they don't love it.
Justin 11:27 a.m. If you were GM Mayberry who would you take numero uno?
Darnell Mayberry 11:28 a.m. Without question, I'd take...a pass. I'd look for the best trade possible and try to get a veteran and perhaps a few future picks.
Patrick 11:28 a.m. Amnesty Perk, sign Pekovic?
Darnell Mayberry 11:28 a.m. Highly doubt the Thunder amnesties Perk or the Wolves let Pek walk.
Nate 11:29 a.m. What's your reaction to skip bayless article criticizing Westbrook?
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. Haven't read it and not ashamed to say that I haven't.
lafowler255 11:29 a.m. Not that Brooks would play them all but do you think the league would ever allow more then 13 to suit up for the playoffs?
Darnell Mayberry 11:30 a.m. Not sure. Not sure why all 15 can't suit up in the first place. What difference does it make whether an additional two players suit up?
Darnell Mayberry 11:30 a.m. Thanks for the questions. Have a great week.
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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