The Oklahoman's 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. Topics covered today: Penn State, Wes Lunt, Team USA basketball, Sooner football, trades around the NBA and more.
On whether or not Penn State will take down the statue of Joe Paterno:
Penn State has two options.
1. Take down the statue in a complete admission that the university lost its mind over a man.
2. Leave it up as a shameful symbol of the past. I assume Penn State will go for option 1.
Heck, they could auction it off to some of the crazies. Help pay for the lawsuits.
On whether or not Wes Lunt will make it through the whole season as OSU's starting QB:
Health-wise? Probably. OSU's offense is set up so that the QB gets rid of the ball pretty quickly. Tech QBs almost always stayed healthy under Leach. Same at OSU. If you're talking about performance, I don't know. I mean, I've seen the kid play once in his life. Spring game. I like what I saw.
On why Kevin Durant came off the bench in the Team USA exhibition game:
Looks like politics to me. Hard to tell Kobe or Carmelo they're coming off the bench. Meanwhile, Durant would take such a request pretty well. I'll bet he plays the second-most minutes on the team, but might not start.
On whether or not LeBron James is a better player than Michael Jordan:
I think LeBron is a better all-around player than Jordan. He can do more things on the court. I don't know if he's a greater player, but he's clearly a better all-around player. Better passer, better defender, better inside presence.
On being part of the Sports Animal with Jim Traber and Al Eschbach:
I enjoy being with Jim and Al. They don't let me talk much, but that lets me get some knitting done.