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The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry took questions on the Oklahoma City Thunder today in his Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chat's Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on Here's a recap of today's Q&A.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: April 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm •  Published: April 8, 2013

The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry took questions on the Oklahoma City Thunder today in his Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chat's Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on Here's a recap of today's Q&A:

Darnell Mayberry 11:08 a.m. Greetings, ladies and gents
Darnell Mayberry 11:09 a.m. Please stand by.
Your Name 11:15 a.m. why is everything being overblown when it comes to okc
Darnell Mayberry 11:16 a.m. I don't think it is. I think it's the mark of a good team with star players. One that hasn't won it all yet. That's just the way it goes.
Leah 11:16 a.m. It's never good when the thunder just stand there and watches the other guy jack up 3s.
Darnell Mayberry 11:16 a.m. You mean you didn't like yesterday's defense?
CJ 11:16 a.m. Would it be bad to say,I wouldnt be a bit sad if we didnt resign Kevin Martin. I would like to see Lamb and Jones get a shot next year. Martin looks pretty weak out there at times, he's not aggressive enough.
Darnell Mayberry 11:16 a.m. It's not bad to say. It's a real possibility.
CJ 11:17 a.m. Is Brewer just stinking it up in practice? Why is this guy not playing, we could have used his defense yesterday.
Darnell Mayberry 11:17 a.m. One of the great mysteries of this season.
jahn 11:17 a.m. If the Spurs and Thunder make the West Finals, can the Spurs win if they are only 85% healthy?
Darnell Mayberry 11:17 a.m. If they have home court advantage, which they likely will, I think they still have the edge. But it depends on who's healthy. They need Tony Parker at his best.
Your Name 11:18 a.m. im so sick of james harden pray night and day we catch them in the playoffs nd woop'em right quick
Darnell Mayberry 11:18 a.m. Not sure I follow.
Hairy Man Fan 11:18 a.m. For a "defensive" team, we sure play some bad defense. It honestly kind of bothers me how the team always preaches defense and "Thunder basketball"... What is Thunder basketball anyways?
Darnell Mayberry 11:18 a.m. Good question. Looks like offense.
harry man 11:18 a.m. who does your thunder up play next
Darnell Mayberry 11:18 a.m. At Utah on Tuesday.
Tom 11:19 a.m. The Thunder talk a lot about playing good defense, but except for the last 5 minutes of the game, they only play average NBA defense. Seems that someone is always setting a season high against them. How do you rate the Thunder's defense?
Darnell Mayberry 11:19 a.m. The team's defense ranks in the top five in the league. So it matters little where I rank it.
harry man 11:19 a.m. thunder up did not look to good on a beautiful sunday in hawaii...Hey ya got to win at home against a very good team and injuried team...come ON
Darnell Mayberry 11:19 a.m. It was not a good performance.
Tom 11:20 a.m. Seems like other teams are feasting on three point shots against the Thunder. Do you have stats as to how they rank in defense against the three pointers?
Darnell Mayberry 11:21 a.m. They rank ninth in the league, allowing 34.8 percent from 3.
Nate 11:21 a.m. Darnell, as much as I love kd, sometimes he drives me crazy. Mano et Mano with Carmelo, and kd disappears in the 4th quarter while Anthony grabs every offensive rebound and takes the win and the scoring lead. Does kd back down too his perceived equals (lebron, Carmelo) too much? And if so, do you see him ever changing and becoming more aggressive?
Darnell Mayberry 11:22 a.m. Although I knew it was going to start that way, I didn't like Durant not covering Melo from the start. As a superstar, he's got to take the challenge to guard Melo from the opening tip, especially knowing how hot Melo was coming into yesterday's game.
Tom 11:22 a.m. Do you think that KD is so nice that he is willing to let Carmelo Anthony have the scoring title, just to pass it around? By his own words he is "pulling for him". And he hasn't been scoring at a very high rate lately, not like someone who is interested in winning a scoring title. My feelings are when KD is scoring, the Thunder are better off.
Darnell Mayberry 11:23 a.m. Watch what Durant does these last five games. I have no doubt he's going for at least 30 in all five.
Your Name 11:23 a.m. how big of an impact does Reggie Jackson need to make during the playoffs? Or is what he is doing enough?
Darnell Mayberry 11:24 a.m. He can only do so much, partly because he has star teammates, partly because he's not a star and probably is not ready to dominate and partly because it's not his role or what he's being asked to do.
Hairy Man Fan 11:24 a.m. Best/Worst case for 1st round playoffs?
Darnell Mayberry 11:25 a.m. I don't think it matters to be honest. I can't see the Thunder losing to Golden State, Houston, Utah or the Lakers.
harry man 11:25 a.m. how is nick C. doing? took a hard left forearm..
Darnell Mayberry 11:25 a.m. Could have a broken nose. Waiting to hear the official injury report.
Word 11:25 a.m. Do you want Martin back? We should move on and let the bench be run by Reggie, Jeremy, and Perry.
Darnell Mayberry 11:26 a.m. At the right price, yes. Don't ask me what the right price is. Nothing crazy.
Tom 11:26 a.m. Of the young guys on the team, not including Jackson, who do you think has a chance to stay and contribute, at least as a second teamer?
Darnell Mayberry 11:26 a.m. Jeremy Lamb.
Tom 11:26 a.m. I know that Perkins can't score much, especially away from the basket. But I like his defense of the rim. Is he playing better this year?
Darnell Mayberry 11:26 a.m. He's been hot and cold this year. When he's on, he's terrific. When he's off, he's horrific.
harry man 11:27 a.m. harry man thought it was a great game sunday afternoon in OKC..but my knicks came up with the big road VICTORY......Carmelo having 36 pts and a 12 board day..
Darnell Mayberry 11:27 a.m. Great game by the Knicks.
Leah 11:27 a.m. 2 weeks ago i went to the 66ers game in tulsa. orton was there and got 2 t's and ejected. He kinda went after the ref, had to be held back and took a long time to go inside. he should have been fined, would have if it had been an nba game. have you heard if anything happened over that? do d-league players get fined?
Darnell Mayberry 11:27 a.m. This is honestly the first I've heard of it. I'm not sure how that works.
Tom 11:27 a.m. Is the game plan for KD to work on his passing and dribbling in the first three quarters, and to let him fire away in the fourth?
Darnell Mayberry 11:28 a.m. I wouldn't say that's the game plan. That's just how it works sometimes. And generally it's a successful approach.
Ryan 11:28 a.m. Is there any justification for Brooks not playing Liggins or Brewer in a game like yesterday's?
Darnell Mayberry 11:28 a.m. No.
harry man 11:28 a.m. hairy man fan hey they like me in hawaii
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. How could they not.
Leah 11:29 a.m. that'll be a tough game. utah is fighting for that last playoff spot and to stay ahead of the lakers.
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. Yup. And the Thunder is coming off a bad performance. Should be great.
Ryan 11:29 a.m. Why does Harry Man think the team name is Thunder Up?
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. Harry Man?
harry man 11:29 a.m. there ya go again. a good performence is 2nd place finish
Darnell Mayberry 11:29 a.m. Huh?
Tom 11:30 a.m. Why isn't Collison not starting and Perk coming off the bench, at least in selected games. Seems to have more positive outcomes when Collison is in the game.
Darnell Mayberry 11:30 a.m. Another question I do not have an answer for. Just stop asking me about Scott Brooks' logic. I am no help there.
hairy man fan 11:31 a.m. Is it the playoffs yet?
Darnell Mayberry 11:31 a.m. Unfortunately no
jahn 11:31 a.m. Is it just my wishful thinking, or has Brooks been sprinkling in some small lineups into games recently?
Darnell Mayberry 11:31 a.m. He has. But he has done it all season in stretches.
harry man 11:31 a.m. at utah tuesday night...prediction is Utah 114, thunder UP 109....we will see
Darnell Mayberry 11:31 a.m. Another high scoring affair, eh? We shall see indeed.
KG 11:32 a.m. People seem to think Lamb is going to kill it once he starts getting substantial play time. I sure hope they are right, but what exactly is this belief/hope being based off of? We have pretty much only seem Lamb play in "garbage time"; just not sure how some are determining that he could come in and replace,say, Martin.He appears to be a shooter, but what about his defense? his lack of size?
Darnell Mayberry 11:33 a.m. Those are the same questions I have, KG. Well, not his size. He's on the frail side. But he's got great height and length. And his athleticism makes him a weapon. But I'm not so sure he can guard just yet. We'll see.
CR 11:33 a.m. I haven't watched the replay of the Knicks game yet, but how many of those multiple offensive rebounds/tip-ins by the Knicks happened with Perkins on the floor? I know offense isn't hsi gig, but where was the post D? There is nothing more frustrating than getting an initial stop, then the other team getting 1 to 2 more chances at the rim.
Darnell Mayberry 11:34 a.m. Perk wasn't the problem. He only played 23 minutes and was a +3 in his time, the only Thunder player who was a plus.
Darnell Mayberry 11:34 a.m. Go Wizards!
Darnell Mayberry 11:34 a.m. Now what now?
harry man 11:34 a.m. who does darnell mayberry like in tonights NCAA men's game?
Darnell Mayberry 11:34 a.m. Go Blue
hairy man fan 11:34 a.m. We love hairy man in Tulsa!
Darnell Mayberry 11:35 a.m. OK, now I'm starting to believe Harry Man is just creating different names.
Nate 11:35 a.m. Carmelo.....ball hog desperately seeking the scoring title? Or great player on a great run?
Darnell Mayberry 11:35 a.m. Both.
Pete 11:35 a.m. What do you think Presit, a well-known analytics guy, thinks about Fisher's playing time?
Darnell Mayberry 11:36 a.m. I think it's driving him crazy. But I also think he is keeping it in perspective and understands that it's only 12 minutes.
Sal 11:36 a.m. Why doesn't Brooks play Brewer
Darnell Mayberry 11:36 a.m. Another question about Brooks' logic, huh?
harry man 11:36 a.m. hey ryan, thunder up it is from harry man...i heard it one time on the radio in the there it is
Darnell Mayberry 11:36 a.m. And there you go.
Your Name 11:36 a.m. if the lakers miss the playoffs all small market teams rejoice
Darnell Mayberry 11:36 a.m. I guess.
harry man 11:36 a.m. Utah needs this win on tuesday...utah (8) and la lakers (9)...
Darnell Mayberry 11:37 a.m. And the Jazz have won seven of eight. They're hot right now.
Your Name 11:37 a.m. its very very disrespectful to even mention melo name with kd .. people love them volume scorers but if it was westbrook ohhh lawd death do us part
Darnell Mayberry 11:37 a.m. Part of it is because he's a point guard. The other part is because he has the league's best and perhaps most efficient scorer on the wing screaming for the ball.
Darnell Mayberry 11:38 a.m. Clippers
Nate 11:38 a.m. Who is the best second round matchup for the thunder?
Darnell Mayberry 11:38 a.m. Clippers.
Brian 11:38 a.m. I tweeted it this morning, but would Popovich had sat a premier wing defender down the stretch when that is what was killing us? Brewer played zero minutes! I have always been a Brooks supporter but my confidence is waining.
Darnell Mayberry 11:39 a.m. Popovich would and does do a lot of things differently from Brooks.
CR 11:39 a.m. What I find strange is that Brooks preaches "Defense, Defense, Defense"...yet DNP-CD's two of the Thunder's best Defensive bench players (Liggins and Brewer) while his team is giving up multiple 30+ point quarters. Any chance Brooks is "sandbagging" or holding his cards? I'm really grasping at straws trying to understand his substitution and bench patterns when the game dictates going in a different direction.
Darnell Mayberry 11:40 a.m. No chance. If those guys aren't playing now, it's highly unlikely they'll play in the playoffs.
harry man 11:40 a.m. hey i like michigan also..we agree on few things
Darnell Mayberry 11:40 a.m. Considering your track record for predictions, my Wolverines might be in trouble.
hairy man fan 11:40 a.m. Darnell I love your power lunch chat as much if not more than the next guy. But I think you should let hairy man host one.
Darnell Mayberry 11:41 a.m. That has disaster written all over it.
harry man 11:41 a.m. no i am not creating names. you not need to publish this not...i am harry man ONLY..believe me..those others must be X cons
Darnell Mayberry 11:41 a.m. Well the people love you.
harry man 11:41 a.m. if you played pine tar baldwin one on one who would win? and please email baldwin to say hello from harry man...
Darnell Mayberry 11:41 a.m. I'll say me...and will do.
jahn 11:41 a.m. Do you think KD's game will change when the playoffs start and he isn't under the cloud of the 90/50/40? (or whatever it is?)
Darnell Mayberry 11:42 a.m. Not much. I don't thin he'll be worried about percentages at that point. But I still think he'll strive to set up teammates.
d21 11:42 a.m. they should start reggie jackson,westbrook shoots too much
Darnell Mayberry 11:42 a.m. Wow. Just wow.
Sal 11:42 a.m. Do you think the thunder will get another big man in the near future?
Darnell Mayberry 11:42 a.m. Yeah. Mason Plumlee. Maybe Cody Zeller.
Nate 11:43 a.m. What makes you think the spurs will hold on to the top seed without ginobli and a banged up Parker?
Darnell Mayberry 11:43 a.m. They're the Spurs.
Your Name 11:43 a.m. i personall feel kd been pacing himself for this playoffs to go off (dirk 2011 style) think he as that run in him?
Darnell Mayberry 11:43 a.m. I have learned to never doubt Durant. But I just don't think this team is good enough in the right areas for a magical run by Durant to matter.
hairy man fan 11:43 a.m. I want to see a line up of Fisher, Liggins, Sefalosha, Jones,and Thabeet. Maximize our offense. Thoughts?
Darnell Mayberry 11:44 a.m. Pass.
Brian 11:44 a.m. If he's still available would the Thunder consider drafting Trey Burke and moving Reggie to the 2 guard?
Darnell Mayberry 11:44 a.m. Interesting thought. But Brooks has said they see Reggie as a point guard.
Steve 11:44 a.m. Given we were suffering on defense, why didn't Brooks use Brewer or put Perkins back in at the end? Everybody watched as melo banged the boards.
Darnell Mayberry 11:44 a.m. Welcome to the party, Steve.
harry man 11:45 a.m. harry man is spelled this way...i will NOT be a host...
Darnell Mayberry 11:45 a.m. No kidding.
fireBrooks 11:45 a.m. KD seems to have regressed from earlier this year, do you think it's because teams have figured his new pass first game out and get him into turning the ball, or is it because of physical/emotional issues?
Darnell Mayberry 11:45 a.m. I'm not sure what's up with him.
Leah 11:45 a.m. i don't. i don't know why you even let those questions through
Darnell Mayberry 11:45 a.m. What are you gonna do?
d21 11:46 a.m. why do you hate on westbrook so much ?
Darnell Mayberry 11:46 a.m. Please show me one example of me hating Westbrook. My email address is Or you can tweet it to me @DarnellMayberry...I'll wait.
Nate 11:47 a.m. How much does durant care about the scoring title?
Darnell Mayberry 11:47 a.m. I think it's one of his goals to do it four straight times. I could be wrong. We'll see with how he attacks in these last five games.
harry man 11:47 a.m. have to go fishing...the cooler is packed and my cat thunder is predicting UTAH easy. thanks for the mayberry
Darnell Mayberry 11:47 a.m. Thanks as always for joining us.
fireBrooks 11:47 a.m. Instead of spending money on Fisher and Brewer, wouldn't it be more cost effective for Presti to let Brooks go?
Darnell Mayberry 11:48 a.m. Fish and Brew aren't making much money.
CR 11:48 a.m. Many NBA analysts continue to say that without Harden, the Thunder does not have that third guy off the bench that can create and go to the basket. We know that's not what Martin does, but could Reggie be that guy? He's a great ball handler that can get to the rim. I think that if he can develop a lethal outside shot, look out. Am I wrong?
Darnell Mayberry 11:48 a.m. No. You are not.
Nate 11:48 a.m. Can the Knicks beat the heat?
Darnell Mayberry 11:48 a.m. I don't see it.
Leah 11:48 a.m. how often do you talk to presti? thunder need to put an official thunder shop in tulsa
Darnell Mayberry 11:48 a.m. Meeting with him today. I'll suggest it.
Alaska 11:49 a.m. Do you ever miss the glory days when our bench mob included liggins and thabeet?
Darnell Mayberry 11:49 a.m. It was certainly effective.
hairy man fan 11:49 a.m. I find it strange that no one other than myself is wondering why brooks didn't throw Brewer in the game yesterday.
Darnell Mayberry 11:49 a.m. Hahahaha!
Your Name 11:49 a.m. can reggie jackson be what james harden was too us opened my eyes yesterday
Darnell Mayberry 11:49 a.m. In time perhaps. I don't see it this year.
John Rohde 11:49 a.m. I heard from a certain player that Russ and KD got into a fist fight in the locker room a little while back. Confirm or Deny?
Darnell Mayberry 11:50 a.m. Another example of a comment that probably shouldn't have been allowed through. Right, Leah?
Mh 11:50 a.m. Victor Oladipo's college highlights remind me alot of Westbrooks,just a far superior athlete to everyone else. You think the Thunder look at him? Also any thoughts on Doug McDermott? i know Presti has scouted him.
Darnell Mayberry 11:51 a.m. I love Oladipo. And I see those same flashes. I don't know anything about McDermott.
hairy man fan 11:51 a.m. I'm looking forward to "Lambsanity" next year...
Darnell Mayberry 11:51 a.m. Yeah, that ought to be fun.
Nate 11:51 a.m. Where is durant's mom? He used to hug her after every game?
Darnell Mayberry 11:51 a.m. She was there yesterday and Durant said she'll be back for the playoffs.
Pete 11:51 a.m. is there a PG playing better than Russ right now? with the way the Clippers are kind of self destructing right now, I think not...
Darnell Mayberry 11:51 a.m. Nope.
Brian 11:52 a.m. We don't hear much about them but are the Thunder's guys that are playing in Europe right now a better option than going for one of the big men in this diluted class?
Darnell Mayberry 11:52 a.m. Who knows? They're pros already so they at least have that going for them.
fireBrooks 11:52 a.m. Can you ask Collison if he would be willing to be a player coach?
Darnell Mayberry 11:52 a.m. That's offensive, either to Collison or Brooks.
KP fan. 11:52 a.m. Is Perkins gone if we don't win a championship this year?
Darnell Mayberry 11:52 a.m. Doubtful.
Leah 11:53 a.m. thank you!!! I need thunder gear!
Darnell Mayberry 11:53 a.m. No problem. Seems like a no-brainer. Wonder why it's not already one up there.
hairy man fan 11:53 a.m. I heard the reason Collison and Westbrook have all those unexplained scratches is because the team rescued and ocelot that lives in the locker room... I mean they sure have an ocelot of scratches...
Darnell Mayberry 11:53 a.m. Must be close to the end.
Alaska 11:53 a.m. How bad is Russ really with the media?
Darnell Mayberry 11:57 a.m. He's only bad with the media because he chooses to be. He has made it up in his mind that the media has been unfair to him and he's held it against everybody. Except of course ESPN when the magazine comes to town to put him on the cover. But the truth is, aside from asking the question of if he's a point guard during his rookie year and reporting the very public blow-ups that he is prone to have, the local media hasn't done anything unfair to the guy. If anyone thinks that's harsh reporting go read a paper or listen to the radio in New York or Chicago or L.A. or Boston. But it is what it is. We deal with it and move on. But Westbrook is great with the media when he wants to be.
fireBrooks 11:57 a.m. How about that French center guy, Gobert?
Darnell Mayberry 11:57 a.m. Who?
Nate 11:57 a.m. What did you think of westbrooks espn article?
Darnell Mayberry 11:58 a.m. Thought it was great if you're into high-end fashion or care about how and why he dresses the way he does. If you're not or you don't...
Tom 11:58 a.m. Several questions about playing time, you have no answer. Why not ask Brooks? You get to interview him.
Darnell Mayberry 11:58 a.m. I have. Time and time and time again. He says the same thing for each player that is not playing. What more do you want me to do?
KP fan. 11:58 a.m. Willing to make a friendly wager on that answer?
Darnell Mayberry 11:59 a.m. Too many questions and answers. I'm lost.
anonymous 11:59 a.m. What number will Fisher where when he resigns with the team next March?
Darnell Mayberry 11:59 a.m. (shivers)
DTCommenter 11:59 a.m. Do you read the comments over at
Darnell Mayberry 11:59 a.m. Sometimes.
Your Name 11:59 a.m. bro be careful during playoffs of russ between his outfits nd him just being russ dude might swing on the media when he getd thoughs 4-18 games
Darnell Mayberry 12:00 p.m. Haha. OK.
Brian 12:00 p.m. Honest question, since Brooks obviously has a set rotation he's not willing to deviate from, why not clean house with guys that aren't used and pay more for a better option. If guys aren't going to play then what does it matter if they have potential or not? The Heat's formula obviously isn't all that bad.
Darnell Mayberry 12:01 p.m. There's this thing called the CBA that prevents teams from getting rid of minimal contract players and just paying more money for better players.
Sal 12:01 p.m. Oklahoma got very lucky getting the team we have, could have ended up with a team in the bottom of the rankings
Darnell Mayberry 12:01 p.m. True.
Nate 12:01 p.m. Thanks for the chat Darnell!
Darnell Mayberry 12:01 p.m. Thanks for joining us.
fireBrooks 12:01 p.m. Rudy Gobert, athletic 7'1 prospect...
Darnell Mayberry 12:01 p.m. I'll do some homework.
Alaska 12:01 p.m. Be honest.... you're blood-game on DT aren't you?
Darnell Mayberry 12:02 p.m. Huh?
Darnell Mayberry 12:02 p.m. Thanks for joining me today. Have a great week.
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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