The Oklahoman sports columnist Berry Tramel answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports. On the rescinded trade that would have brought Tyson Chandler to Oklahoma City: The rescinded trade still worked out for OKC. With Chandler on board, there would have been no trade with Chicago that landed Thabo and eventually Eric Maynor. With Chandler on board, there would have been no cap room to sign Nick Collison to the kind of contract he signed. So this deal had a lot of moving parts. It worked out well for OKC. And remember, two teams after the rescinded trade dealt away Chandler. The Hornets for something, the Bobcats for nothing. On college athletes being paid by schools legally: I think it's an awful idea. Players get all kinds of benefits already. It's a horrible idea, mostly pushed by coaches who are guilty at making so much money off college football. On the latest on Oklahoma State's proposed athletic village: Gone with the wind. There is no money, so instead of a schedule and a plan, OSU is back to the fund-raising aspect, which is slow going when you get $25,000 here, $100,000 there, as opposed to $200 million here. On Kendrick Perkins' impact on the Thunder: The Thunder was playing very good offense but so-so defense. So they traded for Perkins. After the trade, the Thunder's offense was just as good and the defense improved dramatically (four points a game, a big jump). In the playoffs, the NBA leader in field-goal percentage, Nene, shot 14 percentage points worse against OKC than he had in the regular season. Then the Thunder beat down a team that during the regular season had roasted the Thunder in the paint with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Perk was not a good matchup for Dallas, but I don't see how things could have worked out any better.