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Berry Tramel: Why can't the Thunder have 'two Batmans?'

by Berry Tramel Modified: April 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm •  Published: April 28, 2011

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

On the Thunder having two superstars:

Someone right after the game told me that Game 5 showed who the Thunder's real Batman was. I never said Durant wasn't Batman. I just said OKC had two Batmans. The notion that Russell Westbrook isn't a star, that he has to be subservient to Durant, we've got to get rid of that. It's not true, and it's not conducive to an NBA title. You've got to have two superstars to win an NBA title, most people say. OKC was trying to win with just one, when lo and behold, here came a second superstar falling in its lap. And we want to tell Westbrook, no, you're not a superstar? That's crazy. Westbrook is a phenomenal player. I was serious when I wrote that I wouldn't change one thing about Russell Westbrook. Well, I would make him a better interview, but I wouldn't change one thing about the way he plays.

On which team the Thunder has a better chance of beating - Memphis or San Antonio

Oh, I would probably prefer Memphis, since that means more home games for OKC. San Antone is a better city to visit, though. I think the teams are close to a wash, as far as matchups go, other than homecourt advantage. I think the Thunder will beat Memphis or San Antone.

On whether he saw OKC having an NBA team and 50-story skyscraper 10 years ago:

Uh, no. If I had, I would have written about it. I must admit that sometime in the late '90s, I wrote a column saying that OKC potentially was a good NBA city. Chat Reap: Berry Tramel

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by 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 Oklahoman,...
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