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Darnell Mayberry: 'Surprised' if Thunder's Serge Ibaka isn't starting next season
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 NewsOK.com/sports
On the continued development of forward Serge Ibaka:
I'd be surprised if he's not starting next year. It's clear that he needs more time on the floor (if he can stay out of foul trouble and stay out there). And if he gets that additional time, I see him easily putting up 15 and 9.
On whether guard Thabo Sefolosha should see his playing time reduced:
I still have faith in Sefolosha's defense. He's banged up a bit right now so maybe it'd be best to just sit him out. But Cook doesn't excite me. I could be wrong, but I wouldn't give a guy 15 to 20 minutes hoping and praying he knocks down shots. He has to prove he can consistently, and he hasn't done that yet.
On the chances the Thunder make a trade for Portland center Marcus Camby before the deadline:
I'd say zero percent. Rich Cho and Sam Presti are old pals. But Cho isn't just going to give Camby away. Presti would have to pony up. And that isn't likely to happen for a aging center who could possibly usher in a handful more wins.
On if forward Jeff Green will be back with the Thunder next season:
I think Green will be back. And maybe I'm crazy for this because of Brooks' insistence on playing him so many minutes no matter what, but I think Green will transition into a Sixth Man. Ibaka can start at 4 and James Harden can start at 2. Almost can't wait to see how it plays out.
Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) blocks New Orleans' David West's (30) shot during the NBA basketball game between Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Hornets, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at the Oklahoma City Arena. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
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