would go to the Congo and hire Serge Ibaka's youth coaches before I would hire Bruce Pearl. OU found NCAA trouble under Kelvin Sampson, found NCAA trouble under Jeff Capel and you want to hire Bruce Pearl?
On whether the Thunder would be more dangerous with a "pure" point guard:
Yes, the Thunder would be much more dangerous with a pure point guard. More dangerous at falling out of the playoff race. Pure point guards are great if you're trying to win Class 2A Oklahoma or the National Christian College Athletic Association title. If you're trying to beat the Bulls and the Celtics and the Lakers, I don't recommend a pure point guard who holds up three fingers and tries to set up a play. I recommend a guy who can blow past a defender and get the ball on the rim. I wouldn't change one thing about Russell Westbrook. Not one thing.
On Arkansas hiring Mike Anderson as its basketball coach:
I think Mike Anderson was a good hire for the Hogs, for a lot of reasons. Mostly, the anti-Nolan [Richardson] crowd is gone. Frank Broyles is out of power. Jeff Long is the new AD, and he's building bridges. I think that makes it a very good hire. I don't know if Anderson can build the Razorbacks into a power; he did OK at Missouri, nothing special, and they're similar jobs. Arkansas is better, but not signifcantly better.
Chat Recap: Berry Tramel
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...