The Oklahoman's John Rohde took questions from readers in today's OKC Thunder/NBA Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports. Here's a recap of the Q&A.
Pretty bad loss (to the Wizards) last night. Your thoughts?
Given there was no John Wall, Nene', et al, I would consider it the most embarrassing loss in Thunder history. It's one thing to get beat when you're a bad team, it's totally different when you're allegedly the best team and get beat by the worst team.
Was the loss to the Wizards the worst loss in Thunder history?
Most embarrassing, yes. Worst loss? No. Didn't cost you a championship or a playoff spot. Game 6 vs. the Lakers, Game 2 vs. the Heat, Game 5 vs. the Heat were worse losses because they ended your season or totally flipped a series on a no-call. Those are far more painful than they are embarrassing.
Pretty vulgar to scream "F U" to someone twice your age. Is KD trying to prove something? If so, to whom?
Not sure. KD obviously is frustrated. He's not getting many calls this season for whatever reason. He's 24 now, extremely determined, older, wiser and evidently more angry. But KD can still achieve all his goals without the F-bomb. Everyone curses from time to time. I refuse to believe he's doing it because of his new Nike #KDisNotNice campaign. If he is, shame on him (and Nike).
I think Russell Westbrook has made Serge Ibaka a better offensive player so far. Your thoughts?
I would first give credit to Serge for making himself a better offensive player and give an assist (literally and figuratively) to Russ. Serge could have kicked back and taken it easy after signing a four-year, $49-million extension, but he did nothing of the sort. The guy worked hard before the deal, and has worked hard since.
Do you think that Kevin Martin ever gets frustrated when he's wide open, sometimes waving his arms, and the ball goes away from him either to Russell or KD?
Four scorers, one ball. I'm sure it gets frustrating at times. What I've noticed lately from K-Mart is his shot selection has been poor. He's forcing things now. Earlier in the season, he didn't force much. Of course, it always helps when your shot goes in and he's gone cold lately. His attitude remains unchanged from what I've seen, though. He's been a good fit and I still think he is. A very nice person.
Reggie Jackson is the man off the bench. What has happened to Maynor?
Yesterday was the anniversary of when Maynor went down with a serious knee injury. Just because you're back in the game doesn't necessarily mean you're game is back. They claim it takes a full year to recover. Well, that means Maynor's clock has now officially started ticking. Trouble is, he's not getting playing time. Bad scenario for Maynor. I think the backup point guard spot will remain a revolving door among Maynor, Jackson, Lamb and Liggins. Personally, I think the best way for a player to separate himself from the pack is to become a shutdown defender because that's what the Thunder needs most right now.
What could the Thunder get for Maynor?
Not much, I'm afraid. If there is doubt with the Thunder, there'll be doubt with other teams. Salary is modest at $2.4 million and OKC has surplus at guards. Can't imagine getting an impact player in return at that price, unless it's a vet willing to play for minimum wage.
Why won’t the Thunder try out Iverson? He might still have it.
Iverson is 100 percent what the Thunder doesn't need. He's going to want to shoot, so whose going to give up those shots? He doesn't play a lick of defense. He's old, retired, bitter and selfish. Who would sign up for that? Iverson's days are long gone.
Do you think the Thunder might give Delonte West a chance?
Last time I checked, the Thunder is not running a rehab clinic. Like Iverson, not a good fit.
The Thunder organization keeps talking about being a defensive minded team yet they let players most fans have not heard of have career games against them. Seems to me OKC should stop talking and prove it is a defensive first team. Your thoughts?
This is my biggest pet peeve about the Thunder. I've asked Brooks numerous times why so many average players have career nights against OKC. He said it proves how many talented players are in the league, which is true. But why do these player only prove it against the Thunder? It's not a coincidence. It's a pattern.