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Darnell Mayberry: 'Gut' says Nate Robinson won't return to OKC Thunder

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: June 13, 2011 at 11:40 am •  Published: June 13, 2011
The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry 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 Thunder guard Nate Robinson's value in the NBA:

I think he has value now as an expiring contract next year. And teams know he can be a big-time spark offensively off the bench. But he also has a reputation of being a knucklehead, and some teams are turned off by that and may consider him unworthy of the risk. At this point, I'm not sure the Thunder can get much for him. But I learned a long time ago never to underestimate Sam Presti and the Thunder when it comes to trades. My gut says [we won't return to OKC].

On what the Thunder needs to do to win a title in the future:

Just keep doing what they're doing. The Thunder is on the right track and the right train to a title. More experience is the biggest thing at this point. A few guys have to get better at some things individually. But given good health, this team is going to be a champion sooner rather than later.

On if the Thunder had beaten Dallas and played Miami in the NBA Finals:

The Thunder's defense is no where near the level of the Mavs, so that alone would have made the Heat tougher for OKC than Dallas. Chat Recap: Darnell Mayberry

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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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