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Darnell Mayberry: Thunder's Russell Westbrook has 'no reason to leave' Oklahoma City

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: March 21, 2011 at 11:38 am •  Published: March 21, 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 the possibility of Russell Westbrook not signing a long-term contract with the Thunder:

Westbrook has no reason to leave. He's an All-Star. He's winning. And he's got a great nucleus around him. The Thunder will pony up to keep him, so money won't be a factor. Not everybody wants to play in the big markets. Westbrook doesn't strike me as the kind of player who does. I doubt the Thunder, or its fans, have anything to worry about. I expect the two sides will iron out a long-term deal this summer.

On Russell Westbrook saying he doesn't need a floater because he can just dunk on people:

He's on record of saying he doesn't need a 3-point shot as well. Call it youthful cockiness. I think he sees his averages of 22, 8 and 5 and says, 'I must be doing something right.' But then every now and again I think he realizes he can't continue to let defenses back off him and not respect his perimeter shooting, or continue to wait for him to come charging down the lane to take a charge.

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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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