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Darnell Mayberry's NBA lockout prediction: Prepare for a shortened season

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: July 7, 2011 at 11:32 am •  Published: July 7, 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 his prediction for the NBA lockout:

I'm not feeling nearly as optimistic as I once was. I think we see this thing drag out and there are some missed games. My only optimism that remains is I don't think we'll lose the whole season. Every single player wants the lockout to end. They just don't want to get "robbed" in the process. That's the sticking point. I think the same goes for the owners.

On whether any Oklahoma City Thunder players will attempt to play in Europe while the lockout is still going on:

I think the only two candidates are Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha. And that's only because they're from overseas and have played professionally in Europe in the past. Other than those two, I highly doubt anyone else would even consider it, no matter what they might say in public.

On whether Cole Aldrich will play more in his second season with OKC:

Nazr Mohammed's re-signing, to me, has much more to do with the team wanting to maintain its frontcourt depth. 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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